All Around the Farm: December 2013
Homemade truck brake anchor pin bushing installer
I made this bushing installer out of some ordinary items found in most any shop: an old anchor pin, a bolt, and two washers. The two washers are stacked on the anchor pin, and the pin is welded to the bolt. Simple. I have not wrecked one bushing since I built this.
- - Rodney Olson | Morris, Minnesota
This fuel cap won’t get lost
The fuel cap for my skid loader was lost. So I bought a truck fuel cap as a replacement – it fit just fine.Then I secured it to the skid steer with a short piece of heavy string and two short screws. My new cap hasn’t been lost one time since.
- - Matt Lengacher | Harlan, Indiana
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Roller mill saves money
We took the duster off the front of a used grinder and removed the feed auger, then we mounted a used automatic roller mill where the hammer mill was. Swivel clamps at the top and close to the bottom end let us turn the hopper.
- - LeeAnne and John DeVries | Colfax, Iowa
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A place for everything
On these shelves, every tool has its place. There is 2-inch PVC pipe fastened to the bottom directly under each tool to hold its cord. Now, the power cords stay not only tangle-free but also free from the damage that can happen when they are wrapped tightly around tools.
- - Walter Ranft | Filer, Idaho
Just follow the white lines
Getting machinery pulled up close enough to our swing hopper isn’t a problem anymore – not since we began marking the path of the swing hopper’s wheels with baby powder. Just liberally sprinkle the entire arcing path to guide equipment into position more easily.
- - Sandra Voss | Granville, Iowa
- - 712/448-2668
Measure it, mark it, and hook it up
Since my three-point-hitch implements all have the same top link, I usually have to adjust the length of the top link for hookups. I drew a line across each end of the top link with a paint marker, then I measured between the lines when it was adjusted correctly for a particular implement.
- - Will Bedell | Springville, Iowa | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cut down on grain spills
To stop the waste of grain falling on the ground, I took a boot from an old feed bin and attached a 4-inch field tile under it to hold the grain. I made two brackets to hold the unit onto the base of the auger on the cart. It was very easy to mount using four 3∕8-inch bolts.
- - Max E. Robinson | Marysville, Ohio
- - 937/642-1132
Recycled belting keeps a body feeling good
When I built my wood shop, I began investigating commercial floor pads. While delivering grain to the terminal elevator one day, I noticed they were replacing overhead belting used to fill bins. From their discarded pieces, I salvaged several sections to use as floor mats.
- - Ed Winfrey | Sibley, Missouri | email@example.com
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