All Around the Farm, August 2010

  • Easier, Safer Lifting

    Jim Hultman of Sutton, Nebraska, was tired of moving the suitcase weights from the floor to put them his tractor and then back to the floor again, so built this bracket from an anhydrous machine frame. The wing is bolted onto the wall, and I added angle ir

  • Feed Wagon Beats 5-Gallon Buckets

    The same wheel width as his ATV, this 1,000-pound-capacity wagon designed by Leon Sowers of Murdock, Kansas, follows in the same tracks. It will unload 30 pounds of feed in eight seconds with its 8-hp. gas engine-driven hydraulic power unit. There is a 4-i

  • Yeah, But Young Guys Use It, Too

    Thomas Murray of Mooreland, Indiana, built this device to save his knees. The 6-foot-long piece of 1/2-inch steel is bent on one end to hook onto the eyelet in the auger tray that rolls under my semi. This lets him stand up straight to pull the tray out.

  • Light Up The Grease Gun

    One rainy day, Daniel Prough of LaGrange, Indiana, and his son wanted to grease our machinery. But their storage barn was not well lit. So they mounted a small flashlight on our grease gun using a rifle scope mount. Then they both could see and keep two ha

  • Reflecting Garden Markers

    Mary Ann Kunde of Bellevue, Iowa, drills two holes close together at the top of old CDs and string light wire though them. She then attaches a kabob skewer to the back of each with the wire. A weatherproof marker works well for printing plant names on the

  • A Valuable Lesson In File Hardness

    After numerous failed attempts at extracting a broken lock bolt, Bruce Porkka of Atlantic Mine, Michigan, found he would get better results if he heated the broken stud only to dull red (about 900 degrees F.) vs. cherry red (around 1,400 degrees F.) and le

  • They're A Natural

    When Doug Heims of Dundee, Iowa, quit farrowing, he didn't have a great deal of luck selling off the used equipment. But he was able to put the stainless steel sow feeders to good use. These bins help him keep parts well organized, and they'll last forever

  • Two Hands Are Better Than One

    To free his hands when working with a pipe wrench, Wayne E. Miller of Millersburg, Ohio, recently discovered he could tighten the pipe wrench in a vise and then set the wrench jaws accordingly to loosen or tighten the object being worked on. This way he do

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