November 27, 2014

Why didn’t I think of that?

Pinconning man invents aquatic weed removing tool

Tim Barnum
Justo Zurazua, Pinconning, demonstrates his invention, the Aquatic Weedinator.
By Tim Barnum
Staff writer
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PINCONNING — Weed removal is an important part of maintaining a swimming or dock area but the work can be a hassle or environmentally harmful if chemicals are used, which is why Justo Zurazua, Pinconning, has invented the Aquatic Weedinator.

“I invented a tool for cutting aquatic weeds near your dock or swim area. It’s not meant to clean your whole lake or anything,” Sarasota said. “It’s just a hand tool. It’s got a 25-foot rope attached to it. You pitch it out and pull it back in.

“When you pull it back in it cuts the weeds and rakes them.”

Zarazua says his invention was actually something he concocted for his own personal use.

“I own an 18-acre pond,” he said. “I just needed it for myself. … A buddy of mine, he invented what they call a poultry bell. … (when he saw the weedinator) He said ‘Justo you ought to get a patent on it.’”

And that’s exactly what Zarazua did, but the patent is still pending with the U.S. Patent Office – a process he said has left him waiting for over a year.

“It (time to get patent) goes by the difficulty of what you’re trying to patent. The simpler, the better and the cheaper,” Zurazua said. “I can sell it. I got it on the market. It just has to say ‘patent pending.’

“I’ve got a trademark on it,” he added, explaining this means no one else can use the name “Aquatic Weedinator.”

He also says the invention, in a nutshell, combines the blades on tools used for cutting aquatic weeds with a rake used to pull them out of the water.

However, Zarazua says his invention only weighs two pounds, which makes it much easier to carry to the water and maneuver through ponds or swimming areas.

“There are a couple of other tools out there (that are similar), but weight was a restrictions,” he said. “It’s (lightweight) due to the blades and my handle is made out of aluminum marine-grade tubing.”

And even though a patent hasn’t been approved, Zarazua has set up a Web site, www.aquatic-weedinator.com, to get the word out and start selling the tool, which requires no fuel or electricity to run.

Zarazua did say, though, he plans on mass-manufacturing the weedinator if his patent is approved.

Since this is Zarazua’s first attempt at an invention, it may seem like pure luck. However, he says he has some experience in building and designing tools.

“I’m a retired tool designer for General Motors or Delphi,” Zarazua said.

And while he hasn’t actually created his own invention in the past, Zarazua says the thought did cross his mind.

“I’ve had other ideas in my life,” he said. “This one I said, ‘I’m going go through with it.’”

Zarazua couldn’t say for sure the cost of getting a patent on his invention because he says it hasn’t been determined if he will be granted the patent yet.

He did say, though, the tools can be purchased fo $130 by calling 989-529-3992.

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