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To: National - California - Local - Agriculture Industry - Media
From: Ray Cruz, Ergonica
Date: June 1, 2010
Subject: Press Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Topic: New Turbo Weed Twister Model

The eighth and newest model of the Ergonica Weed Twister has now been introduced to the agricultural and home gardening communities in the U.S. and Europe on June 1, 2010.  This drill-powered model (TURBOTORX 42) features an overall length of 42 inches as well as an added foam rubber sleeve grip on the shaft. This adds 6 more inches to the length of the original TurboTorx 36, which was first offered in 2008.

In addition to the unique patented double coils featured in other Ergonica Weed Twister models, this tool includes a 1/2-inch drill bit and a special foam rubber Sleeve Grip on a 42-inch shaft. The 5-inch Sleeve Grip, with a sturdy PVC bushing, allows you to focus the direction of the twisting action with precision and ease, and gives you added leverage for pushing into the soil and lifting up the tool with roots and all for easy disposal. Entire unit weighs only 1 lb - 8 oz, making it possible to clear large areas with little fatigue.

The Turbo Weed Twister represents a new level of technology for drill-powered weeding tools due primarily to the engineering of the unique sleeve grip and other advances which allow for a longer shaft without compromising precision and ergonomic safety. This enhances the Ergonica Weed Twister line of weeding tools from a manual operation to a semi-automated solution to weeds left behind by herbicides and other mechanical processes.

Pricing and availability information is indicated on the Purchase Discount page.  Currently, the TURBOTORX 42 model is only available through online purchase at www.ergonica.net.

For more information, please contact:
 
Ray Cruz
ray.cruz[AT]ergonica.com
323-441-9797
 
Ergonica
1107 Fair Oaks Ave # 887
South Pasadena, CA 91030
 

To: National - California - Local - Agriculture Industry - Media

From: Ray Cruz, Ergonica
Date: April 4, 2007
Subject: Press Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Topic: Three New Weed Twister Models

The fourth and newest model of the Ergonica Weed Twister has now been introduced to the agricultural and home gardening communities in the U.S. and Europe on April 4, 2007.  This industrial agriculture model (AGROTORQ 54) features an overall length of 54 inches as well as an added bar grip on the shaft. With dual grips, this model offers more torque strength and more speed.

All four new models feature a more comfortable vinyl grip and stronger, wider steel components.  The construction method has also been upgraded for all new models to withstand significantly greater torque stress without failing.  The new line of Weed Twister models is also a good fit for organic farming and non-organic special crops such as celery, lettuce, sugar beets, broccoli, carrots, strawberries and others that often require hand weeding and thinning.  A more efficient tool, such as the Weed Twister, can help to reduce the high cost of hand weeding.

The Weed Twister can also effectively be applied to removing weeds along the edges of plastic sheets used for growing strawberries or other plasticulture applications without damaging the plastic.  It can also be used for digging two-inch holes or troughs when needed for planting crops or irrigation.

Pricing and availability information is indicated on the Purchase Discount page.  Currently, the AGROTORQ 54 model is only available through online purchase at www.ergonica.com.

For more information, please contact:
 
Ray Cruz
ray.cruz[AT]ergonica.com
323-441-9797
 
Ergonica
1107 Fair Oaks Ave # 887
South Pasadena, CA 91030

 

To: National - California - Local - Agriculture Industry - Media

From: Ray Cruz, Ergonica
Date: September 9, 2006
Subject: Press Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Topic: Three New Weed Twister Models

Three new models of the Ergonica Weed Twister will be introduced to the agricultural and home gardening communities in the U.S. and Europe on August 21, 2006.  The industrial agriculture model (AGRONOX 48) features an overall length of 48 inches in order to comply with industry safety codes for Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas and other states, provinces and jurisdictions that restrict the use of any hand tool or short hoe for repetitive use in agriculture with a handle less than 48 inches in length.  This tool is especially needed in California which state recently enacted safety regulations that restrict hand weeding in farms without the use of any tools.

The ERGONOX 42 is another new model and features a length of 42 inches.   This tool is designed primarily for home consumers who prefer not to stoop as much as may be required by the the 36 inch model.  Although the 36 inch model can remove weeds with very little stooping, for taller people, or situations where the weeds are several feet away from the gardener's path, the ERGONOX 42 is the ideal solution.

The original Weed Twister model with a length of 36 inches has also been upgraded with the new TERMINOX 36.  Although the upgrade is the same overall length as the original model, the new upgrade features stronger and wider spring steel wires for the coils, and stronger rods for the shaft and handle.  The 36-inch model is the elegant solution for most users, including agricultural applications, because it is lighter in weight than the longer models and is effective in removing both new seedling weeds as well as weeds with roots as deep as 6 to 12 inches in depth.  The shorter models are also especially useful when working in raised beds, planters, pots or platforms.

All three new models will feature a more comfortable vinyl grip and stronger, wider steel components.  The construction method has also been upgraded for all new models to withstand significantly greater torque stress without failing.  The new line of Weed Twister models is also a good fit for organic farming and non-organic special crops such as celery, lettuce, sugar beets, broccoli, carrots, strawberries and others that often require hand weeding and thinning.  A more efficient tool, such as the Weed Twister, can help to reduce the high cost of hand weeding.

The Weed Twister can also effectively be applied to removing weeds along the edges of plastic sheets used for growing strawberries or other plasticulture applications without damaging the plastic.  It can also be used for digging two-inch holes or troughs when needed for planting crops or irrigation.

Pricing and availability information is indicated on the Purchase Discount page.  Currently, the AGRONOX 48 model is only available through online purchase at www.ergonica.com.

For more information, please contact:
 
Ray Cruz
ray.cruz[AT]ergonica.com
323-441-9797
 
Ergonica
1107 Fair Oaks Ave # 887
South Pasadena, CA 91030

 

New TurboTorx 42 Weed Twister by Ergonica

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54-INCH DUAL GRIP WEED TWISTER Agrotorq 54

 

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Six New Weed Twister Models NOW available:

  •   TURBOTORX 36

  •   TERMINOX 36

  •   ERGONOX 42

  •   AGRONOX 48

  •   AGROTORQ 54

  •   GRASPEX 60

 

 

 

 

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Organic farmers will also find this tool to be an ideal solution for hand weeding vegetable crops where herbicides are not appropriate.  For agriculture applications, please see the White Paper On the Weed Twister and Other Alternatives to Precise Hand Weeding in Agricultural Applications.  The ergonomic features of light weight and efficient action make this tool especially favorable to farm labor.

 

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To: National - California - Local - Ag Industry - Media
From: Ray Cruz, Ergonica
Date: December 10, 2004
Subject: Press Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Topic: The Weed Twister Alternative to Hand Weeding in Agriculture
 
Spurred by recent regulations to restrict hand weeding on California crops, Ergonica has developed an ergonomic, industrial strength model of the Weed Twister.  The Weed Twister has a patented design like a double-coil shaped fork that allows for very precise penetration more deeply into the roots than possible with a hoe.  It can also be used to scrape new seedlings off the surface of the soil like a circle hoe with a diameter of only two inches.  The accurate precision, ergonomics and efficiency of the Weed Twister are what make it stand out in comparison with various hoe designs and other hand tools intended for weed removal and cultivation.
 
Ergonica plans to have a 48 inch industrial version of the Weed Twister available for early spring in 2005, and a 52 inch model a few months later.   For home gardens, the 36 inch version of the Weed Twister is currently available for purchase in several nurseries in Southern California and on the web at www.ergonica.com.  The industrial models will not only have longer handles, but will also be designed to withstand a greater amount of repetitive stress.  California regulations require that hand tools used for agriculture have handle lengths of at least 48 inches.
 
Not only can organic growers benefit from the use of this tool, but so can any grower with crops like celery, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, carrots and strawberries, for example.  Many nursery crops also require precise weeding and the Weed Twister has been successfully applied to crops in containers of various sizes, we well.  In preliminary tests in the fields of Oxnard, California, the industrial model of the Weed Twister successfully removed such weeds as little mallow, goosefoot, yellow nutsedge, purslane, nightshades and lambsquarters. 
 
Ergonica presented the Weed Twister alternative at a public hearing on hand weeding regulations in Glendale, California, on November 18, 2004, sponsored by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB).  Ergonica  recommended that an upper weight limit of three pounds be established for hand tools in agriculture.  Ergonica also suggested that OSHSB establish a centralized process for identifying suitable hand tools as alternatives to hand weeding for specific agricultural conditions. 
 
In 1975, the short hoe was banned in California farms to protect the health and safety of farmworkers.  All other short handled tools were banned in 1978.  But this led to the increased use of hand weeding which has posed even greater health risks.  Several attempts to prohibit hand weeding have failed in the California legislature in recent years.  Now the conflicting parties are attempting to negotiate their differences through regulations under the auspices of the OSHSB. 

The current regulations prohibit hand weeding unless no other suitable alternative means is available.  Ergonica is hoping to position the industrial model of the Weed Twister as a reasonable and suitable alternative to hand weeding in many of the conditions where hand weeding is practiced.  An updated version of the current OSHSB regulations should be released by February 5, 2005.

 
Ergonica sincerely hopes that some of the political friction between interested parties will be diffused by technological solutions, like the Weed Twister, that can potentially increase efficiency and also protect the health and safety of farmworkers in addition to adhering to compliance with the new Cal OSHSB regulations.
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Ray Cruz
ray.cruz[AT]ergonica.com
323-441-9797
 
Ergonica
1107 Fair Oaks Ave # 887
South Pasadena, CA 91030


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