All Around the Farm, September 2012

  • Mirrors Afford Much Improved Rear Views

    Mirrors Afford Much Improved Rear Views

    I use my skid steer a lot, but I always had a hard time seeing behind me. I couldn't find any mirrors to go outside the cab that were made specifically for a skid steer, so I added this pair of truck-style W

  • A Few Days of Hay

    A Few Days of Hay

    This 22×6-foot feeder holds up to five big round bales. A roof and portability mean the hay quality stays good and the area stays free of mud and waste. Payback was two years in the amount of hay saved. Both ends open, and piping ensures no sharp edges.

    Edward Schulz Sr., Buchanan, Virginia

  • Carrier Moves Equipment into the Shop the Long Way

    Carrier Moves Equipment into the Shop the Long Way

    My cultivator, planter, and other pieces of equipment are too wide to bring through the shop door head on. So I made this carrier by joining the two tubings together so I can move it in lengthwise. In that position, it takes up less space in the shop, too.

    Jim Vansickle, Artesian, South Dakota 218/745-4520

  • Collect Grain Samples Safely

    Collect Grain Samples Safely

    Instead of climbing into the grain tank for a sample from my combine, I bring along this tool so I can take a sample from right outside the cab door. The U-shape bracket welded to the 6-foot pole cradles the bucket. Lock nuts left a little loose let it pivot but not turn upside down. Aluminum parts minimize weight and eliminate rust.

    Dick Rice, Philo, Illinois

  • Idea of The Month: Power boom

    Idea of The Month: Power boom

    A telescoping arm extends from 10 to 18 feet (or an length in between) for overhead access via 30-foot retractable reels to air. light, and electricity to anyone working in a 48-foot radius.

    Lloyd Gordon, Wellington, Ohio

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