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All Around the Farm: March 2014

  • cart

    Three-tier cart rolls
    My local school had an old audiovisual cart it was getting rid of. I needed a tool cart, so I took it home and made a few modifications for use in my shop. I built a wooden frame for the top that is also a tray with compartments. Markings for wrench sizes keep them organized where they hang on wood screws.
    Tom Kauth | Canton, Ohio

  • leaf blower

    Other uses for a leaf blower
    The best use I’ve found for a leaf blower is to supercharge a burning brush pile or stump. A pile that may normally take a whole day can be burned in just a few hours with the help of lots of air. I’ve also left mine to blow snow off the top of some wagons left out one night. Half-throttle is about right to get rid of the snow without removing the corn.   
    Contributed by buckfarmer

  • air greaser

    Air greaser gets a long hose  
    It seems like every time I’d go to grease one of my big implements, the grease gun was empty. Tired of changing the tubes in the small grease guns so often, I outfitted my big air greaser with a 60-foot-long ¼-inch hydraulic hose. It’s great. I can reach all areas of the shop and even into the yard since I keep it by the door.       
    Aaron J. Waldner | Britton, South Dakota 

  • pest bait

    Cover up pest bait
    I always use an old plain disk harrow blade as a safe shield to put over rodent bait. The slight cone shape and the square driver axle opening on the disks seem very attractive to rodents. The disks are heavy enough and strong enough to stay put. Pets, people, and even wildlife are protected from the bait, which stays fresh for several weeks (if not consumed) since wind and moisture stay out.
    Mark Simcox  | Wolbach, Nebraska

  • tractor

    Tractor top
    For $90, I bought a top for my tractor at the local golf cart dealer. I made two angle bars and shelf brackets, then attached them to the roll bar. To bolt the top to the angle bars, I held the angle iron in place with a clamp to make sure the top ended up level. The tractor was parked on level ground, and I used a level of top of the angle iron. There was some bending to fit since the roll bar leans back.  
    Hans J. Mobius | Clarence, New York

  • lineup

    Get the lineup started  
    When mounting wheels, I always found it difficult to line up the stud bolts, which is necessary to start mounting a wheel on a hub. So to make it easier, I now use this process: Find a bolt with the same threads. Cut off the head and thread it in place of one of the studs. Slide the wheel onto the bolt. You’ll see that the studs start easily in the right position.
    Jim Wissenburg | Crete, Nebraska

  • monitor

    What's in the cart  
    I’ve mounted a camera in the back corner of my grain cart. Because it’s mounted on an old electric motor once used to adjust the concave on a combine, it will swivel. So I can, with the push of a switch, rotate the camera in either direction to watch as the cart is filled with grain or to see what’s behind me as I’m moving  down the road.      
    Nate Kelly | Atkinson, Nebraska

  • shelter

    Let’s make it a shelter
    My old grain bin (circa 1950s) is out of retirement and back in use as a much-needed storage shed. The walk-through door was widened to make it easier to move things in and out, and there is a window now for further functionality. Also, power runs out to the building, so it has lighting and heat. I’m using the extra space to store lawn mowers, motorcycles, pedal tractors, furniture, and other items.  
    Lyle Water | Marengo, Illinois

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