As a former ranger with D.O.F, Withlacoochee District, Bushnell Work Site and a current prescribed burn manager, I’ve had many opportunities to burn from ATVs. I found out quickly that burning from an ATV is much more efficient as opposed to being on foot. This mounting device was created to promote safety, less fatigue and more efficiency for the operator.
The primary problem of burning from an ATV is that the operator has only one hand on the handlebar while the other is firing. This can cause spilling of fuel onto Nomex clothes, boots, fenders, and body parts. Often, this leads to injury to the operator and damage to the ATV.
Safety is further compromised by fatigue. Operating an ATV for hours at a time with one hand, holding a drip torch in the other with the weight of 1 1/2 gallons of fuel is exhausting. Often while burning in rough terrain an operator can get stuck & the torch must be put down to regain control of the ATV.
TorchRider addresses these issues combining a secure mount for the drip torch, using the container designed for it. This allows the ATV to be operated with two hands. With the throw of a lever, fire is put on the ground where and when needed.
The result is a safer ATV operator with less fatigue, more acres burned per hour, and lower overall costs.
— Chet Merry (TorchRider Creator)