Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


My Deft Foot

Northland farmer turned inventor John LeGarth has put his best foot forward to develop a product that will reduce farmers' angst over their fenceposts.

Mr LeGarth and fishing skipper and business partner Marc Pawley have taken a pencil drawing on a piece of wood from a cow shed and turned it into a brilliant cure for "headache" fenceposts. They have jointly developed the LeGarth Post Foot.

It is no ordinary foot. The Le Garth Post Foot is a wedge made of super-tough injection molded plastic which, when attached to the base of a post, dramatically increases its ability to remain right where it's needed - upright and firmly in the ground.

Mr LeGarth, who farms in the rolling hill country of Tangiteroria, is convinced that the unique post foot is tough and durable and will stop posts lifting out over time.

Mr Pawley says the project to develop the foot was a collaborative effort. Auckland company True Design Plastics helped to improve the design and produced the final product. Another company, Wire Plus, made a special 90mm spiral twist nail.

"We also received financial support through Technology New Zealand, part of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. This enabled us to hire an engineer to verify the technical aspects of the LeGarth foot," he says.

Mr LeGarth and Mr Pawley had earlier tested the strength of the special foot using a winch, a tractor loader and some electric scales. "We tried to remove a post fitted with the LeGarth feet," Mr Pawley says. "In most cases, we needed about 1500kg of upward pull to lift the post. In fact, the feet worked so well that a large area of soil was often lifted out with the post."

Another Auckland post-driver manufacturer, Fairbrother Industries, is helping with marketing overseas, where the foot is likely to find its way onto farms, vineyards, orchards and game reserves.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


"Broad-Based Growth": GDP Rises 1 Percent In June Quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 1.0 percent in the June 2018 quarter, up from 0.5 percent last quarter, Stats NZ said today. This is the largest quarterly rise in two years. More>>


Judicial Review: China Steel Tarrif Rethink Ordered

On 5 July 2017 the Minister determined not to impose duties on Chinese galvanised steel coil imports. NZ Steel applied for judicial review of the Minister’s decision. More>>

Debt: NZ Banks Accelerate Lending In June Quarter

New Zealand's nine major lenders boosted lending at the fastest quarterly pace in almost two years as fears over bad debts subsided. More>>


Balance Of Trade: Annual Current Account Deficit Widens To $9.5 Billion

New Zealand’s current account deficit for the year ended June 2018 widened to $9.5 billion, 3.3 percent of GDP, Stats NZ said today. More>>