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Farriers working where electricity isn’t available need to supply their own power if they want to use their power tools. Solar-powered rigs are an option that has gained popularity, but they might not be the right choice for every farrier.
John Halko of Talking Rock, Ga., an hour’s drive north of Atlanta, is one proponent of solar-powered rigs. A farrier for nearly 40 years, Halko has come to believe in the practicality and advantages of auxiliary solar power.
Halko first started using portable power in shoeing rigs by installing battery banks that were connected to a vehicle’s ignition system and recharged by the alternator. Such systems most often use deep-cycle marine batteries, which are designed to regularly expend most of their power and be recharged to full effectiveness.
However, he says even marine battery-bank systems were usually depleted of power after just 2 or 3 weeks of operation because farriers did not drive enough miles during their workdays to enable the…