All Around the Farm: October 2014

  • Parts cart

    Parts cart
    Instead of throwing out my old toolbox, I turned it into a parts cart. First, I attached a couple of pieces of scrap 2×8-foot boards to a plywood top. Then, I pressed a sheet of aluminum to the top with contact cement and added a lip around the edge. I put a plywood dolly on the bottom that is the same size as the top. New caster wheels help make the cart mobile and stable.     
    Andy Guy | Brighton, Iowa

  • Work in greater comfort

    Work in greater comfort
    I needed a better way to work under my machinery, so I cut a piece of ¼-inch plywood about 30×48 inches in size. Then, I put some antifatigue interlocking floor mats on the plywood with three rows of duct tape. If oil or grease gets spilled, it will wipe right off the slick surface. I also cut a hand slot in one end to hold or carry it with ease.    
    Cliff Swart | Seneca, Kansas     

  • Save time and prevent a mess

    Save time and prevent a mess 
    Changing the oil on a small engine takes time and concentration. I find that venting the funnel by inserting a zip tie (cable tie) between the funnel and the fill tube allows the oil to flow right in.     
    John Jewell | Gaines, Michigan

  • Extra safety clip

    Extra safety clip
    I seemed to be losing the safety clips from my hitch pins on a regular basis, so I drilled a couple of extra holes in each hitch pin, creating a place to hold extra safety clips. This makes a nice, handy supply. When one gets lost, I don’t have to go looking for a replacement – it’s right there on the pin.      
    Andrew Keller | Rossburg, Ohio   

  • Move combine head safely

    Move the combine head safely 
    This simple jig carries a
    header by forklift for maintenance or storage. It measures 3.5 feet wide
    by 3.5 feet high; the top tubing that slips on the forks is 3.5 feet
    long. A 2-inch shaft welded on the front end keeps the header from
    slipping off. The jig bolts into the head’s mounting frame.
    Ryan Waldner | Mitchell, South Dakota

  • One tough radio

    One tough radio
    My farm utility vehicle had no radio, so I mounted a Makita construction radio up under its roof. It came with a DC power cord that I hooked into the vehicle’s electrical system. The best part is, the compact radio cost only $89. I mounted it in an aluminum-angle framework, so it can be lifted out and used elsewhere.         
    Ken Miller | Rochelle, Illinois

  • No-mess solution

    No-mess solution   
    As a seed dealer, I find that putting up field signs is a good way to advertise. But each year, the bed of my truck became a tangled mess of signs and posts that usually ended up bent, dirty, and in a general mess of confusion. So, I built this handy field-sign caddy. With its multilayering concept, it’s easy to set in the bed of a truck with assembled signs on top and posts on the bottom. 
    Chris Petelle | West Alexandria, Ohio 

  • Stay in the loader

    Stay in the loader     
    It became a hassle getting in and out of the loader to open and close the barn gate. So, I mounted a CB antenna’s magnetic base to a piece of metal screwed to the inside of a wooden post where the gate rests when closed. Another piece bolted to the gate makes contact with the magnet. Now, it takes only a slight bump with the skid loader to shut the gate, and a gentle tug to open it.
    Veronica Ashbaker | Highland, Illinois 

Here they are, the latest farmer-inventions from All Around the Farm!

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