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Market Prototype Winners at Southern Field Days!

Darryn Murray’s ”wheelie smart” ideas have come up trumps. His products, designed to make lifting heavy loads easier, won the Market Prototype category in the 2014 Southern Rural Life Inventions Competition at the Southern Field Days in Waimumu.

Three inventions were submitted as a part of Mr Murray’s overall entry; an easy lifter with towball attachment for wheelie bins, a purpose-built sack barrow type tool to move 200litrebarrels and 44gallon drums, and a collapsible stock ramp. Mr Murray, of Colac Bay, who runs a shearing company, came up with his inventions as ideas he had thought would make work easier, he said. They were solutions to problems he faced often, and he began to develop them after people saw them and gave positive feedback.

A major emphasis in the inventions was taking care of the body. ”With shearing you are always looking to do things a bit better. [It’s] about health and safety and looking after yourself. In the rural sector you can’t afford to get hurt or have injuries in the workplace,” Mr Murray said. ”It’s about working smarter, not harder.”

Design did not take long. One day was all Mr Murray needed to create the barrel mover, he said.
Development started in September last year and he and the others involved were making the products themselves, Mr Murray said. ”We would like to keep it local … to be aware of price and where it sits in the market. [We] don’t want to have to go China, for example.”

Winning the prize was great, as it would hopefully lead to more exposure for his products, he said.
So far, there had been interest in his product from more than one store, including RD1, who were interested in stocking his inventions.

Southern Rural Life 26 Feb, 2014