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For the Farm

Bright harvest

You grow it so why not clean up with it?

Producers Renewable Products (PRP) offers a complete line of household and personal cleaning products made from corn or soybean oil or ethyl alcohol.The Harvest Bright line is packaged in containers that look like ears of corn. Products include an all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant tub and tile cleaner, glass and surface cleaner, wood oil soap, deodorizing pine cleaner and a moisturizing hand and body soap.

Founded by ag producers, producer groups and scientists, PRP has been in business for about four years. It plans to develop and market more crop-derived products, including a deicer and an erosion-control material. Price for a pack of two of each cleaner: $28. Contact PRP, Dept. FIN, 855 Village Center Dr., Suite 136, North Oaks, MN 55127, 612/982- 9363. - Roxanne Furlong

Concrete anchor bolt

Bolt down heavy machinery, workbenches, machine shed doorjambs or confinement units with the Redi-Bolt. Available in diameters of 3/8, 1/2, 5/8 and 3/4 in. and in lengths from 3 to 71/4 in., the bolts feature double-expansion action: The nut pushes an expander sleeve completely into the concrete; then a spacer collapses into the expander sleeve to create an added pressure point in the concrete. Contact ITW Ramset/ Read, Dept. FIN, 1300 N. Michael Dr., Wood Dale, IL 60191, 800/899-7890.

Gas-fired pressure washers

Landa introduces a new line of economical, electric-powered, natural-gas-fired, hot water pressure washers. Five stationary models include the Vertical Hot-water Gas (VHG) line and come standard with a gas regulator, gas valve shutoff, 10 ft. of gas hose and flow-activated shutoff switch. Contact Landa Inc., Dept. FIN, 4275 NW Pacific Rim Blvd., Camas, WA 98607, 800/547-8672 ext. 175.

Safe gun storage

Keep your gun trigger locked and secure from accidents with the new Gunlok from Modern Farm. The safety locks over the trigger and/or guard of most handguns, rifles or shotguns. Two steps are needed to unlock: A secret "trick" and a key will keep children from trouble. An optional security cable that only you can release is added insurance. Locks are adjustable from one gun to another. Price: $24.50 plus shipping. Contact Modern Farm, Dept. FIN, Box 1420, Cody, WY 82414, 800/443-4934.

The brake stops here

Safety and convenience are advantages of DLB brake winches, made for manipulating heavy farm equipment. A brake applies constant, positive holding action during raising or lowering operations, staying in position whenever cranking stops. Contact Dutton-Lainson Co., Dept. FIN, Box 729, Hastings, NE 68902-0729, 402/462-4141.

Ease on down the road (c)

Back in 1959 when Dinah Shore sang "See the USA in your Chevrolet," she was crooning about the new four-door Impalas cruising down the highway, heading for Route 66.

In 1986 production of the Impala ceased, but the model was brought back for a short life in the mid '90s. Well, fasten your seat belts. Chevy has brought back the "beauty of big cars" with its new four-door, model 2000 Impala, just unveiled at this year's auto show in Detroit.

The company designers took components and styling from its Lumina and the Oldsmobile Intrigue; and the Impala eventually will replace the Lumina. According to Kevin Rose, manager of product communications, "The appearance and details are a little different; they're not 'vanilla.'"

The new Impala is equipped with a unique tire inflation monitoring system that takes advantage of existing sensors needed for the ABS brakes. The sensors monitor how fast each tire is rotating. If one lags, it needs air.

It will be available in two models: the 3400 V6 with 180 hp at 5,200 rpm and 205 lbs. ft. at 4,000 rpm, and the 3800 V6 LS with 200 hp at 5,200 rpm and 225 lbs. ft. at 4,000 rpm. Both models have a maximum engine speed of 6,000 rpm. Wheelbase is 1101/2 ft., and fuel capacity is 17 gal.

A nice feature is the easy-to-see dash ignition with an antitheft device.In 1965 more Impalas were sold than any other car in a single year, according to Rose. "The Camry has probably become that car today," he says. But the company is optimistic. It's banking on the Impala becoming the market leader and a benchmark for future car design. See your Chevy dealer. - Roxanne Furlong

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