All Around the Farm: Sept. 2015

  • They call it the silage express

    They call it the silage express      
    I cut down a 500-gallon fuel barrel, welded a pipe through it, and made a gate for the back. I later added some supports toward the back of the barrel to keep it from spreading out when loaded. It works great for delivering silage. My bale bed will load it onto the truck and then dump the silage into my feed troughs at other farms.      
    Seth Tyre | Slater, Missouri 

  • How to remember when headlocks are in the locked position

    How to remember when headlocks are locked
    The open position for my headlocks handle is up. As a reminder, I keep an 8-inch-long PVC pipe over the handle. When someone locks the headlocks, he or she has to remove the PVC pipe, which goes in the person’s pocket until the headlocks are opened again. This method is simple and inexpensive.        
    Richard Olson | Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 

  • Slide tools onto stainless steel

    Slide tools onto stainless steel
    I had a need to organize my box-end wrenches, and I wasn’t satisfied with products I found on the market; they would break or get rusty. Mine are made of stainless steel. They’ll go anywhere, and they’re easy to use. I just squeeze the bottom bar until it unhooks from the clasp, slide tools onto the bottom bar, and squeeze again until it locks into the clasp.     
    Art Heitz Jr. | Box Elder, South Dakota

  • Collar eliminates slap and jerk

    Collar eliminates slap and jerk
    Most later-model tractors like mine have a drawbar with a 1½-inch hole. To eliminate the slap and jerk when I need to pull an implement with a 1-inch pin, I made a collar for the hole. I used some thick-wall pipe that has a 1½-inch outer diameter and 1-inch inner diameter. There is a washer welded to one end.        
    Byron Flesher | Portland, Indiana

  • Put the air line overhead

    Put the air line overhead 
    I plumbed my air supply line on the ceiling of my workshop because I was tired of stumbling over air hoses. The air hose is connected to the line and is looped near its halfway point through one of two ceiling-mounted pulleys. The pulleys are connected by a length of nylon rope with a 5-pound counterweight on the other end and positioned about 5 feet apart.        
    Gary Hofer | Olivet, South Dakota

  • No more searching for the bag of cable ties

    No more searching for the bag of cable ties
    I cut a piece of 2-inch-diameter PVC pipe to a length that is 1 inch shorter than my cable ties. Then I finished both ends of that section of pipe to 45° angles. After installing a plug in one end (for a bottom surface) and fastening the holder onto an easy-to-reach place in my shop, I can now access and retrieve cable ties much more easily.  
    Darren Glanzer | Delmont, South Dakota

The greatest ideas for the farm that save time, money, and labor. Compiled by Paula Barbour.

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