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Top Shops - Seeking your best shop ideas

Agriculture.com Staff 07/06/2010 @ 3:48pm

Innovative use of existing components allowed the Shryocks to re-create the look of a classic red barn with all the modern conveniences of new construction.

This is certainly not your typical farm shop. The exterior of Shryock's Callaway Farms headquarter looks to be vintage red barn. Yet the structure is modern in every way built entirely of components from Lester Buildings.

But the back of the 68x80-foot building is all shop cleverly laid out to accommodate a wide variety of repair and maintenance chores at the same time. "Designing the building to provide these uses justified the investment," says Denny Shryock, who farms with brother Joe and their respective sons, Mike and Brett, near Fulton, Missouri.

The Shryocks crafted their farm's headquarters to suit a growing sideline business while still servicing their operation's machinery. The front of the building houses an open area for customers coming off the parking lot. The rear of the structure serves as the shop divided into various work bays. The 30-foot door on the end accommodates large machinery for major repair and fabrication work, while a 12-foot side door provide access for light maintenance chores.

Successful Farming magazine and Lincoln Industrial have teamed up to offer the Top Shops Contest - a search for outstanding real-life shop designs like that created by the Shryocks.

You can enter your original shop designs in one or more of the Contest's five project categories (see below) to win valuable shop supplies, including a PowerLuber grease gun, CPL toolbox, Greg Industrial socket set, Drill Doctor 500X bit sharpener, American Innovation Ladder Dolly, and an OXO tool set.

Each of the Contest's category winners will advance to the final round to compete for the Grand Prize, which will include a Lincoln Industrial power lubrication system, HTP plasma cutter, and an American Innovations Ladder Walk Through valued at over $4,800.

Entrants can submit entries in any one or more of the following five Contest project categories:

Best shop design. The winner of this category will submit an original and innovative total shop design that features a variety of work centers and bays supported by such features as tool and supply storage, lighting, heating, and ventilation.

Best shop feature. The winner of this category will submit an original design for a major shop component or feature, such as hoists or cranes, welding center, machining area, tire repair center, wash bay, paint bay, ventilation system, workbenches, or parts and supply storage.

Best lubrication center. The winner of this category will submit an original design for a shop feature that best provides for the storage of lubricants and related fluids, their accessories, and incorporates ancillary features like a service pit or auto lift.

Best shop office. The winner of this category will submit an original design for a shop office that displays the most innovative use of space. (It doesn't matter if your office is a complex of rooms or a simple desk and shelves at the end of a workbench.)

Best service vehicle. The winner of this category will submit documentation and details that demonstrate that its shop's service trucks or trailers have been best equipped for field repairs and maintenance.

Enter today. The Contest begins February 1, 2006, and ends May 1, 2006. It is open only to active farmers and/ or their spouses or immediate family members who are 21 years of age or older and legally residing in the U.S.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a combination of lubrication tools from Lincoln Industrial including a PowerLuber battery-powered grease gun (at left) as well as a power lubrication system consisting of a metering gun (top, center), hose reel (bottom, center), and barrel or tank pump (at right).

To enter the Contest in any one or more category, visit the official contest page for details and links to the entry form.

Innovative use of existing components allowed the Shryocks to re-create the look of a classic red barn with all the modern conveniences of new construction.

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