New Delhi, June 17: A farmer in Karnataka has built a ‘tree bike’ to vertically ride on areca palm trees, which grow up to 100 feet.
All he has to do is sit on its seat, start the engine and hold the clutch and accelerator simultaneously.
Ganapathi Bhat, 49, of Komale village near Bantwal in southern India tried building a similar machine 10 years ago without much success.
Bhat started to work on this concept only seven months ago. His tree bike was completed in the month of May.
Standard motorbike components were used in making this bike. Bike parts such as clutch, accelerator, double brakes, shock absorbers and a 2.1 HP petrol engine.
Bhat when took the first ride to the top, he asked his son to be be prepared and call an ambulance if any mishap occurs.
But the machine proved to be safe and he climbed 150 trees before demonstrating it to local farmers.
In order to build the machine he the farmer has used high-quality raw materials. In case of any mechanical glitch,one has to only press the clutch to gently glide it down
Bhat spent about 8 lakhs to create this ‘tree bike’. Fifty local farmers have already lined up to buy his machine, which he plans to sell at Rs 75,000 a piece.
Bhat is a graduate in science and earlier was a popular ‘technician’ in his area, who could fix all kinds of machines which helped him built this bike.
This machine will act as a saviour to the Indian areca nut farmers who are struggling with a severe labour shortage.
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