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All Around the Farm: Smoother, easier refill job is just a swing away

Agriculture.com Staff 07/31/2009 @ 12:03pm

Seeing the difficult time his dad and their retired helper were having moving a heavy 3-inch fill hose, Nathan Lehman built a swing-out arm to support it for them.

"Now they can pull the sprayer within reach of the coupler. The arm also keeps the hose up off the crop, which reduces physical damage to those plants," says Lehman. "And it's built to withstand the weight of 28% nitrogen when we top-dress wheat."

Like many projects, this one began with a trip to the used steel pile. Lehman says he first bolted a piece of 37x8-inch OD pipe to the trailer's deck and put 4-inch ID pipe over the top of the smaller pipe. The bigger pipe has grease zerks for lubricating the pivot point.

The main arm extends 9 feet. Lehman welded 2×2-inch 1/4-inch-thick square tubing to the bigger pipe with 17x8-inch OD pipe as a support brace. For further reach, there is a simple hitch-style pivot point at the end of the main arm, and they've since added a 6-foot stinger made of 2x2-inch 3/16-inch square tubing.

With its extra 5 feet of hose, the pivoting stinger gives the Lehmans greater filling flexibility. If they happen to pull up too close to the trailer, they can just flex the arm instead of having to reposition either piece of equipment.

  • Farm operation: The Lehman family farms about 800 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat. Nathan, 22, and his two brothers also share 40 head of steer and calves.
  • Brothers: Soon all three will have degrees from the University of Northwest Ohio in Lima.
  • Favorite tool: Lehman says he uses his marking pencil the most but likes his Millermatic 252 with a 30-amp spool gun.
  • Looking for: A used Bridgeport vertical mill and a lathe.
  • Hobbies: Watching his uncle and role model, Ted Liechty, compete in NTPA tractor pulls. Lehman also enjoys honing his aluminum and overhead welding skills.

Seeing the difficult time his dad and their retired helper were having moving a heavy 3-inch fill hose, Nathan Lehman built a swing-out arm to support it for them.

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