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All Around the Farm: December 2013

  • 01

    Homemade truck brake anchor pin bushing installer

    I made this bushing installer out of some ordinary items found in most any shop: an old anchor pin, a bolt, and two washers. The two washers are stacked on the anchor pin, and the pin is welded to the bolt. Simple. I have not wrecked one bushing since I built this.

    • - Rodney Olson | Morris, Minnesota
  • 02

    This fuel cap won’t get lost

    The fuel cap for my skid loader was lost. So I bought a truck fuel cap as a replacement – it fit just fine.Then I secured it to the skid steer with a short piece of heavy string and two short screws. My new cap hasn’t been lost one time since.    

  • 03

    Roller mill saves money   

    We took the duster off the front of a used grinder and removed the feed auger, then we mounted a used automatic roller mill where the hammer mill was. Swivel clamps at the top and close to the bottom end let us turn the hopper.

  • 04

    A place for everything  

    On these shelves, every tool has its place. There is 2-inch PVC pipe fastened to the bottom directly under each tool to hold its cord. Now, the power cords stay not only tangle-free but also free from the damage that can happen when they are wrapped tightly around tools.  

    • - Walter Ranft | Filer, Idaho
  • 05

    Just follow the white lines

    Getting machinery pulled up close enough to our swing hopper isn’t a problem anymore – not since we began marking the path of the swing hopper’s wheels with baby powder. Just liberally sprinkle the entire arcing path to guide equipment into position more easily.  

    • - Sandra Voss | Granville, Iowa
    • - 712/448-2668
  • 06

    Measure it, mark it, and hook it up  

    Since my three-point-hitch implements all have the same top link, I usually have to adjust the length of the top link for hookups. I drew a line across each end of the top link with a paint marker, then I measured between the lines when it was adjusted correctly for a particular implement.

  • 07

    Cut down on grain spills

    To stop the waste of grain falling on the ground, I took a boot from an old feed bin and attached a 4-inch field tile under it to hold the grain. I made two brackets to hold the unit onto the base of the auger on the cart. It was very easy to mount using four 3∕8-inch bolts.

    • - Max E. Robinson | Marysville, Ohio
    • - 937/642-1132
  • 08

    Recycled belting keeps a body feeling good

    When I built my wood shop, I began investigating commercial floor pads. While delivering grain to the terminal elevator one day, I noticed they were replacing overhead belting used to fill bins. From their discarded pieces, I salvaged several sections to use as floor mats.

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