All Around the Farm: Nov. 2015

  • A bigger bucket is better for some jobs

    A bigger bucket is better for some jobs    
    I needed an oversized skid steer bucket to use for jobs on my Michigan dairy farm operation, so I built one. The dimensions ended up 66 inches wide, 44 inches long, and 32 inches deep. It is constructed from 2-gauge steel. There have really been a lot of uses for this bucket, such as hauling silage and loading square bales.   
    Larry Schnell | New Lothrop, Michigan  

  • Tow it along and then go elsewhere

    Tow it along and then go elsewhere
    I made a hitch for towing my UTV behind any vehicle I choose, including the backhoe. The bracket I made out of flat tubing fastens onto my backhoe bucket. Having the UTV at a job site gives me a way to go back for supplies if needed.         
    Gary Fisher | Thor, Iowa     

  • A durable feeder now lasts even longer

    A durable feeder now lasts even longer
    My mineral feeders are very effective – except when the hole in the rubber top begins to loosen and work its way off the bolt. So I used three old hay-cutter blades from my drum cutter in place of the washers between the hole in the rubber top and the head of the bolt securing it to the tub. This gives me nearly a 6-inch diameter of coverage.      
    Willie Core | Folsom, Louisiana

  • Don’t throw out those timing belts

    Don’t throw out those timing belts 
    In just the last year, I’ve discovered the versatility of used auto engine timing belts. They are extremely strong and also easy to come by at auto repair facilities that would otherwise dispose of them. Since they’re easier to handle than chain or cable, I’ve used the belts for pulling logs and tree limbs, lifting engines, and tightening fences.
    William Schweitzer | Depue, Illinois   

  • Instant, extra drying space in the mudroom

    Instant, extra drying space in the mudroom
    The closet rack I built for the mudroom is held up with four heavy-duty brackets. Each of those brackets contains a telescoping “T” that pulls out for hanging up wet or dirty coveralls. They get a lot of use in the winter when snowy coveralls can dry out without getting anything else wet. When not in use, I just push them back in where they’re flush with the shelf above.   
    Ken Miller | Rochelle, Illinois

  • Ladder add-on provides another place for keeping tools within reach

    Another place for keeping tools
    I added a tool holster to my stepladder to give me an easy-to-access place for tools. Near the top of the right rear rail, I installed a 9-inch-long section of 3-inch-diameter PVC conduit. A little notch cut in the top makes room for the trigger on a drill. The conduit is attached with a big hose clamp and a small stove bolt.         
    Karl Gaul | Worthington, Iowa 

The best farmer inventions - compiled by Paula Barbour.

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