Picking up Petanque Balls Made Easy

A convenient picker-upper - not only for the elderly
Author: Carel Stoltz, Maarssen, Netherlands
A lift for steel petanque balls
A lift for steel petanque balls

Picking up petanque ball with magnet

I am a passionate petanque player. During each game, he will repeatedly aim, throw, compare, and heatedly discuss the outcome of each turn, then - whether satisfied or not - bend to retrieve the steel balls for the next round. All that is fun but, well, for the somewhat older petanque players, it can be rather tiring.
To make it physically less tiring, I ordered a magnet with eyelet. I then fastened a rope to the eyelet which allows me to pick up the steel balls without having to bend over.
We, at supermagnete.ch, only hope that the similarity to certain battle weapons of the Middle Ages does not lead to out-of-control discussions as to the winner of each turn!
Note from the supermagnete team:
  • The mentioned magnet with eyelet might be too strong for your purposes. In most cases, the smaller eyelet magnets OTN-32 or OTN-25 are sufficient to pick up a standard ball.
  • The used magnet is very strong. Magnet and petanque ball are coming together hard, which can damage or break the magnet. Using the magnetic hook outside will cause it to rust over time. Please review our safety tips when you try this application.

Magnetic petanque picker-upper made with 3D printer

U. Bär, author of the project Adhesive force reducer made of PET, designed a petanque picker-upper on the 3D printer, so you don't get dirty when you pick one up. The model can be produced by anyone with a 3D printer. PLA is a suitable material.
Just like the petanque picker-upper described above, this model can be attached to a rope or chain.

This is how it works

The movable part (outer ring) carries a ring magnet that picks up the petanque ball from the ground. The picker-upper works well on curved surfaces. Since the plastic support point is in the middle, the magnet does not get damaged by hard contact with the ball.
If you grab the picker-upper on the ring and press the button in the middle, the ball is released (see below). A very elegant and effort-saving solution, since the ball does not have to be torn off the magnet.

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