A pair of Davenport boys cash in on a simply brilliant invention. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Why didn’t we think of it?
That’s how Ariens Co. engineers reacted when they first saw the snow-thrower accessory invented by sixth-grade students Matt Moran and Sam Hipple.
The students from Davenport, Iowa, built a rock salt dispenser that mounts under the handlebars of an Ariens snow thrower and spreads salt along the machine’s path, allowing the user to clear snow and melt ice in one pass.
The invention is made from a garden fertilizer spreader and some bicycle parts. Called the Mega Melter, it will be developed and sold by Ariens.
Matt and Sam will receive a cash royalty for each of the salt spreaders that Ariens sells through stores such as Home Depot and smaller equipment dealerships.
Nice job, fellas. Put me down for one.