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January 25, 2014

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Taylor Tesch
West Fargo, ND

What used to take 20 minutes now takes a mere five minutes, thanks to Taylor Tesch’s easy-to-handle swing hopper protector. At the end of a long day, Tesch says he would spend up to 40 minutes just covering up the swing augers. It took Taylor less than an hour to turn his timesaver into a reality. Taylor farms with his father-in-law, Terry Arnhalt, and they raise corn and soybeans.



Swing Hopper Weather Protector

Instead of messing with tarps, bungee straps and bricks, I came up with a better idea to cover up the swing hopper when not in use during harvest. I took an old 1,500-gal. water tank and cut it in half. Then I cut out a U-shaped section in the partial water tank so it would slide right over the auger tube. I added four handles to make it easier to maneuver the hopper cover.

F14059 Swing Hopper Weather Protector





Step Up to Taller Tractors

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As tractors have become bigger and taller through the years, reaching the fuel tank has become more of a challenge. To give me a boost, I added a step using expanded metal to ensure I don’t slip. I welded the step to a flat piece of iron and bolted the unit to the tractor weight bracket.

Allen Keim
Kinderhook, Ill.

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