Saturday, March 26, 2011

Swing Away Mailbox

A Connecticut entrepreneur has designed a Swing Away Mailbox that allows the mailbox to swing to the right - then back again - should a snow plow or other vehicle hit it according to a report by Jessie Sawyer on the Simsbury, Patch website.

Scott Simmons' business is situated along a major state highway.  “Try to get the mail on Route 44 during rush hour and they’ll run you over,” Simmons is quoted as saying. And with the heavy snow this season, Simmons has also seen a lot of mailboxes knocked down by snowplows. 

So he designed a mailbox that was safe and protected from damage.

“When the snow [pushed by the snowplow] hits it, it swings [to the right] and the spring bounces back,” he said. The swinging motion also enabled him to swing the mailbox back to retrieve mail without stepping into the road.

Simmons also called it “vandalism proof” in the event that someone took a swing at it with a bat from a car driving past it.

To read the entire article, click here.

Click here to order the Swing Away Mailbox.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM