Blowing Off Baler Knotters
During all my years of baling hay, I've been searching for a way to keep the dry leaves and dust off of the baler knotters. I finally discovered that the blower from my planter can pull double-duty and keep my baler knotters clean. Using two bolts, I mounted the blower near the knotters and ran electric wires from the motor down the hitch and into the tractor cab for power. When I need the blower on my planter, I simply remove the bolts and reattach it to the planter.
Using materials left over from another project, I fashioned a portable press. The box is 3'x18", made out of 5" channel iron and welded on all conjoining edges with extra tabs for strength. The size of the press allows room for a hydraulic bottle jack to fit inside along with the part that needs to be pressed on or off. The press is small and light enough to be carried around in the back of a pickup. Its portability allows us to press bearings on and off equipment while we are in the field, instead of driving five miles back to our farm shop.
A Ride Home
Being a one-man operation presents a challenge when it's time to head home at the end of the day. During harvest I'd rather leave my combine in the field and find another way to get home. So, I made an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) carrier for my combine to keep my ride close at hand. The carrier is made of 2" angle iron that was scraped from a grain elevator frame and a piece of 4'x8' wire mesh. It can be locked on using the same clamping system as the header.
Long days behind the wheel yield ideas that simplify life around the farm for Robert Dubbert—like the ATV carrier for the front of his combine. After he's done combining for the day, Dubbert has another set of wheels to take him home. And by bringing the combine and the ATV to the field in one trip, he saves time and fuel. Dubbert grows corn, soybeans and wheat in central Missouri.
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- September 2008