Labor Day BBQ Hacks

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You’ve worked hard. And Labor Day is the time to celebrate you–who built up this great land from field to field and desk to desk. That’s why we put together this list of BBQ hacks to make the most of your holiday. After all, you’ve earned it!

  1. If you run out of firelighters, you can use tortilla chips.
  2. Spray your meat with a squirt bottle full of apple juice as it cooks. It will keep your meat moist and tender and give it an extra flavour kick. Works particularly well with pork.
  3. If you don’t have a grill brush, you can clean your grill with aluminum foil while the grates are still warm. Make a ball out of it, grab it with a pair of tongs, and start cleaning.
  4. You can also clean your grill with an onion. The oils will help break up grease and give your food more flavor.
  5. Cook your fish on lemons to keep it from sticking to the grill (and add extra flavor!)083115 Blog Photo
  6. Add ice water to your burger before putting it on the grill to make it extra juicy.
  7. Add spices for a dry rub to a large jar. Throw in your meat, give it a shake, and it’s ready for the grill.
  8. As if we needed more reasons to love beer, you can marinate your meat in beer to make it healthier. Grilled meat is delicious, but grilling causes carcinogenic PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and HCAs (heterocyclic amines) to form in meat. Scientists have discovered you can negate this effect by marinating your meat in dark beer.
  9. Cook hot dogs the right way: spiral cut them first. They’ll be perfectly cooked, with a crisp exterior and well-done, juicy interior.
  10. Use an egg carton to start your coals and light the fire quickly.

Got more tips and tricks to share? Let us know on our Facebook page. And happy grillin’!

 

 

The Hard Truth About Back Problems in the Agriculture Industry

 

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There’s no question that ranching and farming are hard work. Getting up at the crack of dawn, sweating in the hot sun, not stopping until the work is done, are just a few of the challenging yet rewarding reasons why we’re proud of what we do. However, there is an Achilles heel (er… back) to the job: back pain.

An article in “Iowa Farmer Today” describes a study by Nate Fethke, an ergonomist at the University of Iowa, who wanted to know just how many agricultural producers are affected by low back pain. In his survey of over 500 farmers, he found that half of the farmers responding to the questionnaire had experienced a recent episode of low back pain severe enough to affect their ability to work. Moreover, roughly half of the farmers reporting low back pain sought medical care for it.

The National Safety Council’s 1991 Accident Facts reported that back injuries are the most frequent of all disabling work injuries in the United States. About 31% of all workers’ compensation cases are related to back injuries. Farmers are especially vulnerable because their work frequently incorporates activities that are thought to be risk factors for developing low back pain.

Some of the most common risk factors includes repeatedly lifting heavy objects, working in awkward positions, continuous time spent in one position (i.e., sitting on a tractor), and vibration from machinery equipment. Building fences definitely falls under a few of those categories. It’s a job that has to be done despite the health risks involved–but why settle?

The Man Saver Post Driver was first developed by Dan Rohrer in response to a fence builder who was complaining about his back and wishing for a “wonder tool.” In less than a month, the first Man Saver Post Driver was manufactured and sold, and we’ve been going strong since 1997. That’s because not only does it help your back, but it saves you time and potential health care costs down the line. Now that’s smart.

Want to learn more about how the Man Saver Post Driver can help you? Give us a call at 1-800-980-7599.

3 reasons why we’re proud to be American this Independence Day

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The 4th of July is a time to celebrate America: the freedom it gives us, the brave men who’ve served us, and the dreams that this great country has allowed so many of us to achieve. Below are just 3 of the many reasons why we’re celebrating this Independence Day.

We’re American made.

We have been manufacturing the Man Saver Post driver since 1997 in Oregon. All of the parts but one are made in our shop, located in Prineville, Oregon. The orange painting is also done off site. We are very proud of our product being made in the USA. Learn more about our country roots here.

We get to serve the best customers.

Not only do our customers work hard, but they also work smart. They know that our products are the fastest, most efficient way to drive posts for any project, and without a costly back surgery bill at the end of it all. The Man Saver Post Driver™ was first developed by Dan Rohrer in response to a fence builder who was complaining about his back and wishing for a “wonder tool.” You all put in early mornings and late nights with screaming muscles and dirt permanently lodged underneath your fingernails just to get the job done–and done right.

We represent the spirit of true Americans.

Our prices have not been raised since 1998, and we have found ways to reduce costs and become lean in our manufacturing processes in order to keep it that way. Furthermore, we represent integrity and stand behind the work we do. See for yourself in this review by Michael Bailey from Berkeley, CA:

“It is a relief to do business with a company that is responsive to problems when they arise. Let me interject I find your post driver invaluable. So far, I’ve been using it for the obvious – putting in fence posts through clay soil that resembles concrete, but I’ve been able to use it to drive support posts for a floating dock and am now driving pipe for a shallow well. Great product!”

Being an American is more than just a word — it’s a way of life. We live that to the fullest and are honored to do business with such great customers who do the same!

Why America Needs More Farmers and Ranchers

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In 1900, 38% of the United States’ workers were employed in agriculture. Today, there are less than 2%. In fact, the headcount has dipped so low that people who grow food for a living are now outnumbered by federal prison inmates. According to Bloomberg Business, the US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan says that the country’s farmers and ranchers are getting older, and there are fewer people standing in line to take their place. With such a severe lack of young farmers and ranchers, what will happen to our country’s agriculture?

The Issue

Nationally, the latest agricultural census figures show the fastest growing group of farmers and ranchers are those over age 65. In Oregon, it’s anticipated that up to half of the state’s farmers and ranchers will retire in the next decade. A recent blog posting put agriculture at No. 1 on a list of “useless” college degrees, and top federal agriculture officials have taken note. Furthermore, only 16 cents for every dollar spent on food goes back to the farmers who work tirelessly to bring it to your dinner table. Lastly, getting into farming is far from easy. For the candidates who wish to farm on their own account, land prices pose a challenge.

Why farmers are more important than ever

  • Our growing world population has some experts predicting that we will require 70 percent more food production by 2050.
  • Interest is building in greater self-sufficiency. As a result, we need more efficient, more highly skilled farmers.
  • Successive governments would like to see a farming industry able to stand on its own feet – free from the support provided by government funds.
  • We have a food system in which a startling majority of people don’t know where their food comes from and in which the average fifth grader can identify more corporate logos than local plants.

What should we do?

According to a NY Times article, in order to reverse this course, our country must take bold action to ensure that aspiring farmers have access to land, health care, capital, education, and training.

What do YOU think of this issue? Let us know in the comments!

Rohrer: Learn More About Our Country Roots

Our Man Saver Post Driver has been saving your backs since 1997, when it was developed by Dan Rohrer in response to a fence builder who was complaining about his back and wishing for a “wonder tool.” We are very proud that our product is made in the great US of A; all of our parts, but one, are made in our shop in beautiful Prineville, Oregon.

When making a product to help hard-working folks with their farm, ranch, rangeland, or vineyard fencing, it was important that we understood the lifestyle and specific needs of our customers. That’s why our location in Prineville has been so ideal. It’s a small, old town, in the countryside of Crook County, where many farmers, ranchers, and country-people have lived for years.

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Learn a little more about our country roots in 7 quick facts:

  1. Established in 1868, Prineville is the oldest community in Central Oregon.
  2. Prineville is located on the Crooked River at the mouth of Ochoco Creek, 14 miles northwest of the Prineville Reservoir.
  3. The first settlers, in what was to become Crook County, settled in the “Oh-cho-coe,” a Paiute word meaning “willows.”
  4. When Barney Prine settled on the banks of the Crooked River, he built a blacksmith shop and a store/saloon. Prineville was the primary place of trade until 1911, when the Union Pacific and Oregon Trunk railways extended south from the Columbia River to Bend. In 1917, Prineville took action and voted to build their own railroad to join the Oregon Trunk and Union Pacific railways north of Redmond. In the 1930s and 1940s, the decision to build the railroad paid back the investment by shipping vast amounts of lumber over the rails. The City of Prineville still owns and operates the railroad today.
  5. Prineville got its first Starbucks in 2006, and a plan was floated to reopen the city’s long-shuttered movie theater. In December 2006, unemployment was 4.4 percent, the lowest since the 1960s.
  6. Les Schwab Tire Company employs about 900 at its facilities in Prineville, where it was founded in 1952. As of 2005, the Les Schwab Tire Center chain operates more than 390 stores in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington; does more than $1.5 billion in sales each year; and is the number two private tire retailer in the United States.
  7. In 2010, Prineville was selected as the location for a new data center for Facebook. In 2012, Apple announced that it would open a “Green Data Center” on a 160-acre tract of land owned by the company.

 

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Tell us more about your country roots in the comments here or on our Facebook page!

Save precious time and money with the simple and affordable investment of a Man Saver Post Driver. Give us a call today at 1-800-980-7399 to place your order or to get more information about which tool in our lineup will be the best fit for your projects.

3 Reasons Why the Man Saver is the Best Post Pounding Tool on the Market

It’s fence mending season! With that comes even earlier mornings, later nights, screaming muscles and dirt permanently lodged underneath fingernails.

Whew… post driving is hard work!

But it doesn’t need to wipe you out.

The Man Saver Post Driver is an excellent, affordable alternative to bulky hydraulic or backbreaking manual fence post drivers. We’ve been driving posts since 1997, so we know a thing or two about getting the job done… and we are 100% confident that the Man Saver is the best fence post driver on the market. Here’s why:

The Man Saver is portable

Ideal for remote locations and tight spots, the Man Saver allows you to lay miles of fence in no time flat. Throw it in the back of your trusty pickup truck, along with a portable air compressor, and what used to take days (or even months) now takes hours.

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The Man Saver is air-driven, both up and down, and runs off any small compressor that delivers at least 2.5 CFM at 90 PSI.

The Man Saver has different sleeves for most post sizes

We know that posts come in all sorts of sizes and shapes and are up to the task of creating the perfect sleeve for your toughest jobs. Our sleeves and adapters allow our post drivers to fit almost any post on the market today.

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Did you know that the folks here at Man Saver can also create a custom adapter to accommodate a specific post? Just email or fax us a tracing of the end of the post, including exact dimensions for all angles.

The Man Saver is easy for one person to use

The Man Saver post driver weighs in at a mere 26 lbs. No more lugging heavy equipment around and adding to your shoulder and back pain.

We call the Man Saver Post Driver the best ranch hand you’ll ever hire. It never complains and never needs a day off. The learning curve is short and sweet. Take it out of the box at 8 a.m. and you’ll be driving posts before your 9 a.m. coffee break.

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The Man Saver Post Driver is an air-powered-dream-come-true.

But don’t take our word for it! See what our loyal customers have to say, like Paul from Washington:

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We know there aren’t enough hours in the day to get your work done. From sun up to sun down, the fixing, building and planning ahead never ends. The work can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be backbreaking. That’s why we designed the Man Saver Post Driver to make your job easier. Imagine taking back pain (and cursing) out of your daily equation. No more sore shoulders! No more aching back! No more Bengay smell wafting through the house.

Save precious time and money with the simple and affordable investment of a Man Saver Post Driver.

Give us a call today at 1-800-980-7399 to place your order or to get more information about which tool in our lineup will be the best fit for your projects.

Man Saver’s Top 7 Reasons to Buy American

The grit and determination behind American manufacturing first became world-renowned in the early 19th century, when companies successfully developed interchangeable parts for muskets and rifles. The Industrial Revolution tapped into our national resources, which led to further innovations in manufacturing and mining. Henry Ford then ushered us into the Golden Age with his assembly line. Through it all, manufacturing in the United States has been an essential cornerstone for global invention as well as our economic success as a nation. Continue reading

Win A Man Saver Post Driver™

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From sunrise to sunset, their days are long and purposeful. Each one ends with fingernails that are just as dirty as their boots. They are stewards of the land they have been entrusted with and pass down that legacy of steadfastness to future generations. Family? It means the world to them.

That special, hard-working man or woman in your life deserves to be celebrated! Rohrer Manufacturing has teamed up with American Cattlemen to bring you the Stand By Your Man (or Woman) Photo Contest. We believe in honoring and celebrating all of the men and women who work tirelessly for a lifestyle they believe in. That’s why we are giving away our most popular t-post driver, the 98-E.

Laying fence is grueling work for ranchers and farmers. It’s a task that can take days, even weeks, to complete. Muscles ache at the end of every day. Other chores are neglected in order to get the fence up. Enter the Man Saver. It effortlessly pounds posts wherever a hand driver will work, at a rate of 80-85 strokes per minute. Use it with a small portable air compressor and stand back as the Man Saver does all the work. It’s like having a full-time ranch hand with out the added expense.

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Think of all of the hours, money and unnecessary backaches this tool will save your man or woman! Working smarter, not harder… that’s the Man Saver way.

To enter the contest, show (and tell) us why your man or woman deserves to win a Man Saver Post Driver™:

  1. Upload a photo of your favorite man or woman here.
  2. Provide a brief explanation (50 words or less) on why he or she should be celebrated.
  3. Get all of your family and friends to vote for your photo.

The prize? A brand spanking new Man Saver Post Driver™!

Upload your photo to the contest website today. Your hard-working man or woman will thank you!

**Contest ends on March 13th. The winner will be announced on March 31st**

The Best Gift for Your Hard-Working Man

He wakes up before the sun even has a chance to peek over the horizon. Every morning he fills a giant tumbler with coffee on his way out the door. He gives each day everything he’s got, and when the sun goes down his fingernails are just as dirty as his jeans. He’s dedicated his life to his family and to his land.

What do you give a man like this for Christmas?
Give him the gift of time saved.
Give him a Man Saver! Continue reading