Welder’s invention for preventing frozen air brake lines wins Ag Days award

A device designed to fill semi and trailer air lines with methyl hydrate grabbed the attention of Innovation Showcase judges and attendees at Ag Days in Brandon, Man., both for its use and its name.

“The Meth Head,” invented and built by Wyatt Van Damme of Triple Pass Welding at Belmont, Man., received the first place award in the farm-built solutions category at the show.

The tool injects methyl hydrate into trailer lines to prevent condensation that leads to lines freezing up.

“This is aimed at the farmer who hauls grain or bales in the wintertime and they’re always dealing with frozen lines. This simple concept helps eliminate that problem,” explains Van Damme, in the video below.

“A couple of friends of mine are truckers and one of them gave me the idea one night in my shop and I built the first one,” he says, on where the idea came from.

It’s the second time Van Damme has won the farm-built category at Ag Days, after winning the prize in 2020 for his “Manitoba Gate,” a pitless version of a Texas Gate.

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