Toy tractor auction one for the ages

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “A pretty incredible 40-year exercise on his part,” said Doug Loudenslager of his father’s unique collection. “There’s over 6,000 pieces.”The Don F. Loudenslager Trust Toy Auction will take place July 28th and 29th, 2017. The auction begins at 10:00 a.m. with barn doors opening at 8 a.m. each day. Some items will also be available simultaneously on-line and can be viewed at auctionzip.com.Don Loudenslager, who passed away at the age of 80 in 2014, spent the last several decades visiting sales and auctions amassing thousands of toy tractors, trucks, and other items. About 95% of the collection will be up for sale in the coming days, with hopes by the family that the toys will be put to use in a positive way for many years to come.“There are lots and lots of nice pieces.  For it to stay here, it’s just going to deteriorate or something bad is going to happen,” said Loudenslager. He encourages visitors to come during the two-day, three ring sale, even if it’s just to experience the immensity of the collection.“We’re looking forward to folks coming out, if nothing else, just so see it,” he said. Advertised in Toy Farmer magazine, in which Don Loudenslager had been featured, Doug says they’ve gotten calls from around Ohio as well as from all corners of the country, from as near as Pennsylvania to as far as Oklahoma and Minnesota.“We’re hopeful that we’ll have a nice crowd.”Doug notes that his father took great pride in the collection by keeping a meticulous cataloging system of all the toys with a special labeling system identifying each piece, something the family has found extremely helpful in organizing the sale.The collection and auction are at 3673 Irvin Shoots Rd. W, Morral, Ohio 43337. For more information, interested parties may contact Doug Loudenslager at (317) 502-9146.last_img read more

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New engineering safety devices for all-terrain vehicles

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dee JepsenAll-terrain vehicles (ATVs) continue to grow in popularity for rural and agricultural use. Originally designed for sports and recreation, the ATV is now common on many farms and ranches in the U.S. With this increased use comes increases in injuries and fatalities. And the costs for emergency room visits associated with ATVs grow each year. The 3E Model for injury preventionThe 3E Model is used by occupational injury specialists to help reduce injuries and fatalities. Simply stated, the 3Es of the model are: Engineering, Education, and Enforcement. The use of a combination of these components can be effective in reducing injuries. EnforcementIn agriculture, there is little enforcement when it comes to ATV usage. The most common U.S. violation is the use of ATVs, and their Utility Vehicle (UTV) counterparts, on paved roads. By design, ATV’s and UTV’s are designed for off-road use, which is much different from cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Their low-pressure tires are designed to grab dirt, grass, sand, and rocks. Smooth pavement offers little traction and limited control. Tipping and rollovers are the most common ATV roadway cause for injury. Restricting ATV use on paved roads would be a plausible solution for safety. Allowing ATV’s and UTV’s to operate along the grass or gravel berm is a viable solution, as is operating them on dirt or gravel roads. EducationFor years, the ATV industry has relied upon education as a means of injury reduction. However, education and behavior-related safety trainings have failed to make a dent in the number of injuries associated with ATV operation ear year. Statistics show many fatalities and injuries occur in the first-year of ownership, indicating training may not be given to new riders. Annual training is recommended for all riders. EngineeringThe area that has received little attention for ATV safety is engineering. To put it simply, the vehicle’s design is still susceptible for tipping and rollovers, which are the most common cause for fatal and non-fatal injuries.A new device is available for after-market installation to prevent crushing of the ATV operator in the event of a vehicle rollover. Different from the RollOver Protection Structures (ROPS) on tractors, the Crush Protection Device (CPDs) acts as an anti-roll bar stopping a continuous roll in a side overturn, and usually diverts the vehicle away from the operator in a rear rollover. CPDs do not require seatbelts, which allow the riders to eject the machine, and prevent being pinned. How it worksThe Quadbar is an Australian-made CPD, designed specifically for agricultural use ATVs. The low-profile, hairpin hoop mounts to the drawbar and rear rack area of the machine, and does not impede with suspension or functionality.According to the product manufacturer, tests have been performed to show the Quadbar is an effective device to protect the operator in a side roll. On a 20 degree or 36% slope, vehicles without the CPD rolled two full rolls. With the Quadbar in place, the vehicle still rolled, but the device kept the ATV to a quarter roll. When speed was applied to increase the momentum of the roll, tests showed the Quadbar was an effective device to protect the driver from being pinned under the vehicle at half, three-quarter and full rolls. In a typical rollover crash, the vehicle lands on the operator, pinning the person under the machine. By design, Crush Protection Devices keeps a space between the vehicle and the ground.During the same tests on a 20-degree or 36% slope, the Quadbar takes the brunt of the force on a rearward roll backflip. In these crashes, the ATV will rise up on the crush bar, then fall to the side. Riders are not pinned under the weight of the machine. ATV pinning injuriesSerious injuries of ATV crashes are often caused by the vehicle rolling on the operator. Death can also occur from asphyxiation when the ATV lands on the rider, pinning him or her for minutes to hours under the 500-pound (or more) vehicle weight. Drowning can also occur if the ATV lands on the victim, even in shallow water.While ATV injuries continue to be in Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, deaths can be prevented with the use of aftermarket Crush Protection Devices. These after-market engineered bars are saving lives in side and rear rollover situations.Additional information about the product described in this article can be found at the North America based website Quadbarsafety.com. The product designer, David Robertson from Queensland Australia, was recently acknowledged by the International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) organization for his Quadbar design and injury prevention efforts. Beyond this engineering control, Australia is considering legislation for mandating installation of CPDs on ATVs used on the farm and other occupational worksites. Robertson’s comprehensive efforts to reduce agricultural ATV injuries in Australia are now becoming known in other parts of the world.While this article does not provide product endorsement, there is considerable value for installing Crush Protection Devices on All-Terrain Vehicles. This engineered product is designed to prevent serious injury and protect lives while performing agricultural tasks. CPDs, along with rider training courses, and helmet usage have potential to curb the rising injury statistics for ATVs in the United States, similar to what is being done for Australian farmers. Dee Jepsen, Associate Professor, can be reached at 292-6008 or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Create Animated Titles in After Effects

first_imgHave any tips for creating animated titles in After Effects? Share in the comments below. Learn how to design animated corporate titles in After Effects for your video production projects.Whether you are a video producer or an editor, if you work on corporate or explainer videos, you may need to overlay titles to share information that does not come across through dialogue. Corporate titles are a great way to communicate visual information, and they can lend a stylistic touch to your content.Creating corporate titles is easy, but the design can make or break your project. If you have to share information through overlaid titles, make sure the animation is not distracting and the design flows with your video. The last thing you want is a title that draws attention from your video content. Keep your information short and to the point.Download Free Animated Titles Project FileTo download the free animated titles project file from the tutorial above. Simply click the following download button.DOWNLOAD FREE ANIMATED TITLES AFTER EFFECTS PROJECTThe Keys to Creating Clean Corporate TitlesThe following points can help you create effective titles for your videos:Use a clean typeface that is minimalistic and easy to read.If necessary, use two variations of a font style, like “light” and “bold” to highlight specific information.If you work with shape layers, try to use the primary color of your logo.Keep the title and shape animation subtle. “Easy Ease” keyframes work best.Great Title TemplatesPressed for time to create your own Corporate titles? Check out these two great templates from RocketStock.com.Designer TitlesDesigner Titles is a fantastic resource if you need versatile titles for your next video project.VenueVenue is another great template for quickly adding minimal titles to your scene. It’s perfect for modern corporate videos.24 Free Lower ThirdsIf you want to download an amazing collection of free lower thirds for After Effects, check out this free 4k template, ready for your high-res project.last_img read more

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