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Fuel your farm shop fixup ideas

Jeff Caldwell Updated: 11/22/2013 @ 3:46pm Agricultural content creator and marketer.

Machinery Director Dave Mowitz visits a lot of farm shops and chats with a lot of farmers when he's out shooting "Top Shops" segments for the Successful Farming Machinery Show. "While shooting . . . we asked shop owners, 'What would you have done differently with your shop?'" he says. Find out a few of the answers to that question and how some farmers are putting their answers into action on their farms.

Bigger is better

The most common response to Mowitz's question is, "Build a bigger building in the first place." Farmer innovators have created expansions or additions to existing shops, as well as refurbished former buildings (often livestock structures) to serve a new role as shop headquarters.


See how a few farmers have improved their farm shop workspaces, either through expansion, remodeling, or both. Looking at doing some construction or remodeling on your farm this winter?

RAISE THE ROOFSee how two farmers modified a building for another purpose to fit their machinery maintenance and storage needs.


MULTIPLE ADDITIONSAs this farm's grown, so too has its shop needs. See how these farmers have added on in pieces and steps to continue to make everything work.


DAD'S SHOP EXPANDEDThis shop worked well when it was built in the early 1980s. But, when the farm outgrew it, these farmers expanded, almost tripling its size.


GRAIN STORAGE REDOThis farm family quickly outgrew their shop when the new generation was getting started. They took a unique approach to expanding the building.


REMODEL ROOMSometimes, it's not a massive shop, but a smaller repair building that's needed. See how one farmer remodeled a shed into a full-blown repair shop.



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