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All Around the Farm: Mid-March 2016
Trailer Stake pocket pipe rollers
Install four or five of these rollers in the stake pockets down the length of a trailer, and it becomes much easier to unload or maneuver 30-plus-foot-long pieces of pipe into position for cutting. Just roll them off the trailer, onto the rollers, and then slide them down toward the chop saw, band saw, or torch for cutting to desired length. (Shown at right.)
Ryan Njos | Rhame, North Dakota
bag it with a giant trash receptacle
Needing some extra garbage space, I put to use materials I had on hand. First, I cut the top out of an empty fertilizer tote. Then, I put one of those 2-ton nylon bulk feed bags into the container. Next, I tied the four straps of the bag to the corners of the tote. Now I have a portable trash can. To empty, I just grab the four straps with a forklift or a tractor equipped with forks. The bag can be reused or replaced with a new one.
David Stahl | White, South Dakota
custom cleanup tool tackles fencerows
I welded 10-inch lengths of rebar onto a section of steel bar that I attach to the pallet mover used with my tractor loader. This attachment is very solid and sturdy, and it functions as a really good cleanup tool to use on our fencerows, especially after the creek has overflowed. (Shown at left.)
Stan Granzow | Eldora, Iowa
quick hookup saves time at feeding
I built this feed bunk push-blade out of discarded road grader blades and iron from old tillage equipment. Instead of having to get out of the wheel loader to hook up a different attachment, I built a box that clamps into a grapple bucket. The box is welded to the V-blade about 4 inches off the ground. This makes it easy to pick up and push feed back close to the bunks – while feed is mixing in the feed wagon. I can go up one feed bunk and down another in either direction. (Shown at left.)
Doug Braaksma | Manhattan, Montana
a little work, and you have a nice PUNCH
Ratchet wrenches often end up stripped or broken, and it seems they are often left lying around the shop. I have found that with the ratchet end cut off, the hand tool makes a nice (and free) punch. In fact, this type of punch works a lot better than the ones built for this purpose. Of course, wearing eye protection is critical when I use a punch or anything else I hit with a hammer.
Allen Kleinsasser | Rosholt, South Dakota
shop-built engine stands
When the rear end of my tractor locked up during planting season, I didn’t want to have to buy expensive adjustable stands. So I built my own custom pair. I used 2-inch square tubing for the frame and heavyweight, heavy-duty casters for mobility. Then, I fabricated two ratchet binders to the frame and mounted plates for mounting to the tractor frame. The ratchet binders help with height adjustment when putting the tractor back together. (Shown at left.)
Kyle Goist | Navarre, Ohio
toolbox stays cleaner with a place for chains
In the past, the spot in my utility box where I stored muddy and wet chains used for pulling out equipment had turned into a big, muddy mess. Now, I first put them in a used rubber tub and then set the tub into my utility box. It’s easy to clean out when needed. No more dealing with mud, water, and rust stains in my toolbox.
Shawn Wipf | Scotland, South Dakota