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Farmer invents new way to spread gravel

COLFAX, N.D. - A North Dakota farmer and gravel hauler can now call himself an inventor. Tim Hudson says he developed a new and better way to spread gravel.

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The GT Spreader is shown in a YouTube video from inventor Tim Hudson. Submitted photo

COLFAX, N.D. - A North Dakota farmer and gravel hauler can now call himself an inventor. Tim Hudson says he developed a new and better way to spread gravel.

Hudson solves problems. When faced with low commodity prices, the Colfax farmer took up gravel hauling.

"Started getting into some jobs where we couldn't dump at high speeds," said Tim Hudson.

Hudson solved that problem, too.

"Needed to be able to spread at low speeds, so that's where I came up with the idea of maybe putting a blade on the back," said Hudson.

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He built a solution he calls the GT Spreader 2. Normally trucks need another machine to smooth out gravel after dumping, but he says attaching a spreader allows him to skip that step.

"It eliminates a piece of equipment," said Hudson.

Hudson says his invention doesn't just make the spreading process faster - it also makes it safer. He says it makes a smooth surface and allows drivers to spread gravel at much slower speeds.

"You're doing a small town or something, and there's kids running around and maybe pets - you don't need to go through town at 30 miles per hour breaking the speed limit and maybe endangering someone," Hudson.

Hudson enlisted his family to market his invention. Now, gravel isn't the only thing spreading, so is word of his attachment.

"I get to meet a lot of people from all different parts of the world - Texas, North Dakota, all the way out to the East Coast," said Jarrett Hudson.

The Hudson's say the GT Spreader has developed a cult following online.

"There's a lot of people who subscribe to my channel, and just wait for that next video to hit the 'like' button," said Jarrett Hudson.

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Even with his product in its infancy, Hudson is still trying to solve problems. He's looking into variations of his invention to do other jobs like spreading blacktop.

Each GT Spreader is made in Jamestown, with American-made parts, and sells for around $6,000. He's sold out his inventory since May.

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