All Around the Farm: September 2014

  • Grain cart stays further from truck

    Grain cart stays farther from truck
    When one of my helpers came too close to a truck last year while filling it with the grain cart, I decided to prevent that problem from happening again. I simply extended the grain unload chute by taking a stainless steel piece and giving it two 90° bends so it fit on the outside of my auger chute. Then, I bolted it on.     
    James P. Hofer | Mitchell, South Dakota

  • Fluid weight control

    Fluid weight control
    The small disk I use for my large garden and the small places that a bigger disk won’t fit does not perform as well in a thick mat of grass. So I weighed it down for cutting deeper. Instead of the usual concrete, I used water. A small water tank is mounted sideways, and it has a valve in the bottom for draining. I can regulate its weight by the amount of water I fill it with.    
    Joseph Patterson | Taft, Tennessee

  • Roller holds and unrolls tubing

    Roller holds and unrolls tubing 
    This roller will hold one 100-foot-long or a 250-foot-long roll of 4-inch pipe, or one 100-foot-long roll of 6-inch pipe. It’s made of old pipe frame, wheels from a 32-foot auger, 65-inch-diameter circles of ½-inch rod, and welded braces. I used 1-inch and 1¼-inch pipe so it would turn. The outside circle hinges back and comes off for putting a roll on.
    Randy Jennings | Miami, Missouri   

  • Heavy-duty clothespins

    Keep regular clothespins around, but have something heavier on hand 
    I was having a hard time keeping coveralls, other bulky work clothes, and heavy quilts hanging on the clothesline, especially on windy days. So I bought a bunch of plastic spring clamps from the hardware store. With their bigger grip, that laundry isn’t going anywhere now!     
    Kathie Kania | Erie, Pennsylvania

  • Just release the quick coupler

    Just release the quick coupler 
    I wanted something that could quickly add extra weight to the back of the utility tractor when operating the loader. So I welded three-point brackets onto a rock box I wasn’t using, and I mounted end weights in the rock box. I can add or remove the weight by releasing the quick coupler from the tractor.    
    Harold Fratzke | Cottonwood, Minnesota

  • Don't have the right size screw extractor?

    Don’t have a screw extractor? 
    I had a ½-inch brass pipe fitting break off of my grain hopper’s glad-hand air connection. It broke off even with the end of the glad hand, and I needed to remove the pipe to replace it. I didn’t have a screw extractor large enough, so I wedged three smaller easy-outs into the pipe. I used a pipe wrench to grab hold of all three and remove the fitting.       
    Scott Van Veldhuizen | Oskaloosa, Iowa

  • Hay, that will work!

    Hay, that will work!    
    I use a children’s slide from an old swing set as a hay slide. I pound temporary nails into a 2×4 at the base of the slide and also into the floor of the hay wagon. That way, the slide won’t kick out. This system is much easier for the person in the haymow. No need to heave the bales, just ease them onto the slide and watch as they glide down to the wagon. 
    Chuck Thomas | Grand Rapids, Ohio 

  • When building a chain-link fence

    Building a chain-link fence       
    Even though chain-link fence posts can be cemented in, it’s still a good idea, before adding the cement, to drive the posts into the ground to assure equal spacing and uniform height. To avoid the destruction and distortion that results from using a sledge hammer, I take off the top pieces and use a galvanized pipe bell reducer (size 1¼×2-inch) as a cover piece.  
    Robert Snyder | Katy, Texas

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