Mini rig fairest ride-on mower in land

Isaiah McLellan (13) shows off a miniature Kenworth 904 built by his father, Alex (centre). The rig was on show at the Otago Truck Show 'n' Shine in Mosgiel, organised by David Kinch (left). Photo by Jane Dawber.
Isaiah McLellan (13) shows off a miniature Kenworth 904 built by his father, Alex (centre). The rig was on show at the Otago Truck Show 'n' Shine in Mosgiel, organised by David Kinch (left). Photo by Jane Dawber.
A Balclutha man has the flashest ride-on lawn mower in the country after he turned his old Husqvarna into a miniature Kenworth rig.

McLellan Freight owner Alex McLellan said that when it came time to replace the family's old ride-on lawn mower, his son Isaiah suggested that it would be a good publicity tool to turn it into a miniature of his favourite rig - a Kenworth 904. So he and some mates set to, first taking the mowing deck off, then cutting the chassis in half and adding another metre in the middle.

Then an extra axle was added to the rear, and a Kenworth cab was added to the extended chassis, he said.

More than 650 hours of work later, the miniature rig has two articulated trailers hooked on behind and a top speed of about 10kmh, generated by an 8hp engine with a four-speed gearbox.

Mr McLellan said it certainly looked the part, but it was far from the 18-speed, 600hp engine of the truck it was based on.

Despite that, the miniature was a crowd pleaser when it was given its first public outing at the inaugural Otago Truck Show 'n' Shine event, held at the Taieri A&P Showgrounds on Saturday.

''It was quite incredible. People really gravitated towards it because it was so unusual.''

The best thing about the miniature rig was that the mowing deck could be reattached and it could be used for mowing lawns, Mr McLellan said.

''It would be the best-looking lawn mower in the country and you could carry an awful lot of grass clippings on the back.''

Details such as mirrors, fuel tanks and air cleaners still had to be attached, he said.

 

Photos

Do you have any more photos from the show? When we went all the way out there in the afternoon there were only ten or so trucks, so promptly turned around and went home. :(

Editor - We have several more photos but they are similar to the one above.

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