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The Top 10 All Around the Farm Ideas

  • Extending Extension Cord Rack  

    Michael Blake of Aurelia, Iowa, built the arms for this rack from two 34-inch lengths of 1-inch tubing. Pivot points are welded out of strap steel, and ½-inch bolts secure the pivot points and the rack to the shop wall.     

  • Tools Turn, Turn, Turn    

    This centrally located tool center is near three workstations in John Russell’s shop in Pembervile, Ohio. The plywood tool holder turns on casters, but one is spring-loaded to create a detent that catches the unit in one of two positions.   

  • Compact Trailer Jack Dolly Swivels  

    Upgrade the factory caster with this four-wheel dolly, which adds stability and handling. Innovator Ken Miller of Rochelle, Illinois, says it’s good for moving other large items around the yard, too. 

  • big arms for big jobs

    With air bag suspension added to his truck, the set of hydraulic arms on Danny Buckner’s truck in Humphreys, Missouri, will act as a jack to lift one end of a tractor. That is, when it’s not loading, unloading, or unrolling big bales. 

  • three times the rock picker  

    The cab of a used combine makes a good vantage point for spotting field rocks. Three individually operating front-mounted rock pickers make them easy to scoop up, too, says Jim Blake of Stacyville, Iowa. 

  • apply technology, apply manure   

    This 25-yard-capacity spreader adjusts pushing speed with a Raven 450 spray controller and features an automatic antibeater jamming system. Tom Smith, Storm Lake, Iowa, dedicated a 200-hp. engine to power a four-section hydraulic pump that drives four vertical beaters.    

  • stay standing   

    Dan Meehan of Mulberry Grove, Illinois, relocated the grease zerk for the trap door on his trailer’s hopper bottom to a working height of 33 inches. He says the two-hour job took about $50 in materials. 

  • it’s a custom creeper  

    In need of a last-minute Christmas gift for his dad, Tim Couser of Nevada, Iowa, crafted a double-wide floor creeper. It features magnetized catch pans, a three-way plug, and built-in lighting. 

  • flexible mailbox springs back   

    After his mailbox was knocked down twice in one winter, Eric Kroese of Hull, Iowa, mounted two barn door hinges on the back of its post. That way, the arm the mailbox is mounted on is free to swing away. An old screen door spring on the front makes it spring back. 

  • walk right up  

    Maquoketa, Iowan Ron McDonald designed his shop-built steps at an angle instead of straight up and down to make the climb into the combine much easier. These stairs also swing out of the way for access to the side panel. 

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