Ideas from All Around the Farm: April '13

  • 01

    Be Ready for a Harvesttime Pit Stop

    I made this grease gun stand for my shop out of muffler pipe, an old wheel, and miscellaneous scrap metal. It has come in very handy here on the farm. My grease guns stay organized; they’re always there, ready to grab. It also cuts down on having dripping grease guns everywhere.

  • 02

    Big Lights Go Up at Job Sites

    I needed an easy way to get my big lights up in the air. So on one end of a 15-foot length of pipe, I welded a bracket that slides into a truck’s receiver hitch. On the opposite end, a light goes on a 6-inch pipe that also slides right in. I lift the pipe to vertical position, pick it up, and slide the bottom bracket into the receiver hitch.

    • Duane Stoltzfus
    • Somerset, Pennsylvania
  • 03

    How to Have a Less Messy Hydrant Area

    On installation, I encase water hydrants in a short length of large-diameter plastic, tile, or metal pipe. Then I fill the pipe with crushed stone so any spills or leaks will pass through and into the ground. It easily retrofits to existing hydrants.

  • 04

    Water Station Gets a Lot of Use

    This water-supply manifold mounted to the barn serves three purposes: A 1-inch garden hose attaches on the left; the middle valve fills buckets; the one on the right makes a drinking fountain. I open the hydrant in early spring and close it in late fall.

  • 05

    Manure Tube Handles Easier

    I mounted a manure tube on the wheels and frame from a small square bale elevator. The clamps are modified so I can lower and raise the tube with the elevator’s crank mechanism. The upper clamp also allows the tube to slide as it moves up and down with the crank.

  • 06

    Move One Whole Cart Load vs. One Scoop at a Time

    I transfer high-moisture corn from an ag bag to a conveyor, which takes it to a stationary feed mixer. So I modified an old fertilizer cart by removing the spinners on the back, replacing the web’s contact drive wheel with a V-pulley, and adding a motor to drive the web.

  • 07

    Manage Plastic Silage Wrap

    This roll holder is built with some steel I had on hand. Using my telescopic lift, I can easily pick up the roll with my bracket, take it where needed, and start unrolling. The pipe has a stop on one side so it won’t slide through the hole; there is a removable pin on the other side for quick reload.

  • 08

    Protect Vaccines and Needles From All Conditions

    Using a hole saw, I cut holes slightly larger than the syringe barrels in a plastic foam-type cooler, the kind used for shipping vaccines. A brick on top keeps the lightweight container from blowing around in the wind. It’s also a great way to temporarily store dull needles until proper disposal.

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