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We only use the best components, just like our father’s tools used to be made of!

The Tarp Tow® system was created because of necessity.  I knew if I used a garden trailer most of my lawn debris (such as tree branches) was either too long or the volume of my debris was so great that it would cause too many trips back and forth. 

Because of this, I decided not to buy a garden trailer but to just manually pull my debris using a tarp.   Over the years, while making many trips back and forth using my tarp, I kept asking myself, “How can I use my lawn tractor to do this because there has to be an easier way?”   

This is where my needs and innovation came together and the Tarp Tow® system was born.  Once it was created and connected to my lawn tractor for the first time, I realized that this was something special because now I could do all my yard work in less time and without being exhausted at the end of the day.  The Tarp Tow™ system is not limited by what type or size of tarp, plastic, or cloth type sheet you use, but only by the power of your lawn tractor and the size of your property.

This is why I want to share the Tarp Tow™ system with you today because I know this system works and it will make your yard work much easier, as it did for me. The patented clamping device allows the use of any type sheet material because the system does not require grommets within the material as a connection point.

Knoxville News Sentinal article about us below:

UT grad invents timesaver for yard work

Mike Blackerby - Sept 3, 2014

Mark Arnurius with his invention the Tarp Tow System.

University of Tennessee alumnus Mark Arnurius turned lessons learned in his engineering classes on The Hill into an invention that he says can trim hours off yard work for chore-weary homeowners.

Arnurius, a Bearden High School graduate who now lives near Johnson City, was exasperated with the amount of time it took him to remove trimmed limbs and branches from his vegetation-laden property.

Arnurius, who received an industrial engineering degree from UT in 2004, said the most time-consuming aspect of his yard work was raking and hauling off debris.

“I tried a wheelbarrow, but I broke it the first day,” said Arnurius.

“I loaded it up and the whole plastic frame popped off the top.”

Arnurius said his father suggested going the traditional route of sweeping the refuse onto a large plastic sheet and dragging it away.

“I thought ‘this is killing me. There has to be a better way to do this,’”

That’s when Arnurius had an epiphany for a device that he would eventually call Tarp Tow.

His invention is a sturdy metal bar made of heavy duty corrosive resistant steel that attaches to the back of a riding lawn mower.

Arnurius said it only takes about 15 minutes to permanently install Tarp Tow on a mower.

A standard inexpensive plastic sheet — much cheaper and durable than expensive tarps that are reinforced with grommets — then easily hooks onto Tarp Tow.

Debris either falls onto or is placed on the sheet, and the mower does the rest of the work as horsepower replaces manpower, pulling the pile away.

“What’s awesome about it is (Tarp Tow) holds the plastic sheet in place. There are no grommets, chains or ropes — and there are no kickback issues.”

Arnurius said Tarp Tow — which can also be used to haul things such as mulch and leaves — has allowed him to drastically cut down on his time working in the yard.

“You can put 25 wheelbarrow loads on one sheet. If I have three days work, I can get it down to one day by using Tarp Tow.”

Arnurius said that another positive aspect of the Tarp Tow device is durability.

“They should last 10 to 15 years. The only way you can hurt it is if you run it into a tree with the mower wide open.”

Arnurius, who recently received a utility patent for Tarp Tow, is in the beginning stages of selling and marketing the device on his website at http://www.tarptow.com

Depending on the type of mower, Arnurius said that Tarp Tow units sell for between $179 and $249.

The 42-year-old Arnurius, who attended night school for eight years before earning his engineering degree, said his experience at UT was instrumental in giving him direction.

“I modified everything for Tarp Tow in 3D on my computer software. I’m really blessed that I learned to draw designs at UT. UT definitely gave me the confidence to do this. Now, I wonder what else I can do.”  

Web location: http://www.knoxnews.com/business/ut-grad-invents-time-saver-for-yard-work_28804222


Tarp Tow was featured on Tennessee Today News and Events for the UT Community.

Engineering Alum’s Patent Trims Hours Off of Yard Work

AUGUST 19, 2014
 by David Goddard
Tarp Tow

Alumnus Mark Arnurius invented Tarp Tow to help cut back on the hours of yard work involved in things such as tree limb removal, seen here.

It has long been said that necessity is the mother of invention.

Thanks to the necessity of a UT College of Engineering graduate, people doing yard work the world over could save hours.

Mark Arnurius was frustrated with how long it was taking him to clear refuse from trimmed trees and bushes when inspiration struck.

“We’ve got tons of trees and shrubs at our place, and they grow about four to five feet in the course of a summer,” said Arnurius, a 2004 alumnus of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

“It would take me a day and a half just to get one side of the yard done.”

Arnurius said the main problem came in hauling off the material.

After breaking an overloaded wheelbarrow, he took the common route of using a plastic sheet to haul away the yard waste.

“I was in the middle of doing that when it dawned on me that I had just bought a new mower—so why not use it to pull the pile?” said Arnurius, a Knoxville native. “It came completely out of a practical need.

It also came thanks to his UT experience.

Arnurius sketched and tested a device—now called Tarp Tow—to easily hook the sheets onto a mower using techniques he’d learned in college, including 3D modeling.

After getting his design exactly how he wanted it, he began the long process of applying for a patent, an undertaking that tested both his skill and patience.

“People don’t realize it, but just writing up a patent, getting it to where it meets their code before they even begin to review, it takes months,” said Arnurius. “I’m really blessed that I learned how to draw designs at UT, because they get really particular about how you have to do it.”

With his patent now approved and set to be posted on August 26, he has now turned his sights on rolling out his product.

“It’s a really long process, but I kept relying on the confidence I built in myself while studying at Tennessee,” Arnurius said. “I would have never been able to do what I’m doing without UT.”

Arnurius, whose wife, Marsha, is a UT College of Law graduate, has set up a manufacturing floor and researched the best way to sell his invention, deciding to turn it into a web-based business instead of selling through stores so he can better control his costs and expenses.

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