Why do it the hard way?

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    Put extensions to work

    By using his set of 72-inch pallet fork extensions, Dale Scheiderer makes easy work of installing a portable bin sweep in his 27-foot bin. The Marysville, Ohio, farmer says he sets the forks close together and uses a couple of tarp straps to keep the motor upright. Then he drives the entire sweep through the door.

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    A step near the tire for refueling

    “No one should have to risk falling off a tire and getting hurt. So I’ve made a safe place to stand when fueling up or checking the radiator on my tractors,” says Harold Fratzke of Cottonwood, Minnesota. His fuel step is built of heavy walled square tubing. Welded to that is a 3/8-inch-thick plate. There are two 5∕8-inch holes drilled in the mounting bracket for his tractor frame.

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    Hydraulic hookup help

    Scott City, Kansas, farmer George Armantrout developed a solution for stubborn hydraulic cylinder hookups. To give himself more force on the fitting than was possible by gripping the hose, he uses about a 2-foot length of 1-inch pipe with a section removed from one end and a coupler attached to the other. The sectioned end is bent and just fits over the hose to intersect the hose fitting.

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    Robert Nourse came across a discarded construction-type stepladder, took a look at it, and saw a way to make the climb into his semi cab much easier. “This stepladder was wider than usual, like the kind a painter would use,” he says. The Eagle, Michigander cut off the bottom three 20-inch-wide steps and mounted that section over his truck steps with a strap and four bolts.

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    Longer lever = more force

    The space around Worthin Grattan’s water hydrant is tight. It’s located between his shop and a light pole on his Grinnell, Iowa, farm. So, he made the lever handle easier to lift. He welded a 7∕16-inch bolt to the bottom of a 24-inch-long piece of 3∕4-inch rod. Grattan made the clamp to fasten this piece to the handle using two small pieces of 1-inch strap and two 1∕4-inch bolts. The pieces of strap iron are bolted together and clamped to the handle.

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    Cart truck tires with ease

    “Truck tires can be real back burners,” says Levi Hofer, Lake Andes, South Dakota. His tool eliminates heavy and awkward lifting. The 4-foot-long handle is welded about 45° to a 12-inch length of 1½-inch square tubing. Two pieces of flat steel 3∕8×2×6 inches form the forks. The two ball bearings on the ends that act as wheels should be slightly bigger than the tube they’re secured to, he says.

These All Around the Farm ideas are from farmers who are making some tricky tasks more manageable.

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