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Ideas from the iron crowd

Jeff Caldwell 07/13/2011 @ 3:13pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Whether it's a new strategy for managing machinery or a simple way to keep up your shop or tools, the best ideas on the farm are those that have been put through the daily rigors of a busy year or 2. That's what makes the latest ideas from Agriculture.com's Machinery Talk community so great: They've been put to work and have proven their value.

See some of the latest Machinery and Farm Shop features from Agriculture.com members. You may just glean the next big idea for your place!


Have a dirt floor in your older shop building and are tired of eating dust whenever you have to do any shop work? Sure, concrete would be great. But, by the time you've got it down, you've also spent a pretty penny. That's exactly the situation for one Shop Talk member. See what the rest of the crowd has to say about his predicament and add your own shop experiences.

Multi-tools like those from Leatherman and Gerber let you basically keep miniature versions of a whole toolbox full of tools in your pocket. But, you can't generate the torque with a multi-tool like you can with a pair of longer-handled pliers. And, there's the question of durability. Will they stand up to the rigors you'll put them through on the farm? What's your experience?

A tough turn of circumstances has a farmer weighing some planter options. "We recently had a member of our family come down with cancer. He normally takes care of 1/4 of the workload. He is not available to help," says Agriculture.com Machinery Talk member cmholmanfarms. One possibility is trimming his planter lineup. What would you do if you were in his shoes?


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