To loosen or tighten stubborn hose clamps, I made a tool that gets the job done in a snap. On the handle of a pliers, I welded a 5⁄16" socket sideways to the end. The sideways mount gives me extra leverage when a screwdriver won't work. Having the tip on a pliers means I don't need another tool in my toolbox—it just makes my pliers work double-time.
Joel Hofer Platte, S.D.
We run soybeans through a seed wagon. When moving the spout from box to box across our
16-row planter, we always spilled some seed on the ground. I had the idea to attach a rain cap of the correct size to the end of the spout so it can be
easily closed. Now when we move among the seed boxes, we don't spill as much seed.
Chris Jones Benson, Ill.
Self-Propelled Bale Wrapper
I built a self-propelled bale wrapper to save time and hassle getting on and off the tractor. For the frame, I salvaged a front axle from a 4x4 truck and used a 10-hp hydraulic power unit from a post auger. A three-spool valve controls the steering, and the hydraulic motor is attached to the front truck differential. The exhaust fluid from the valve goes through an apportioning valve to control flow rate to the bale wrapper. A local shop made a direct coupler to fit the universal joint on the differential. Since the hydraulic motor is hooked up to the differential, you can push the hydraulic lever to move it forward. It moves by itself at a fast walking speed, and the tires are weighted for traction.
In six hours and using mostly scrap materials, Neal Grose built a self-propelled bale wrapper. Grose is a dairy farmer at Ha-Ho Farms near Harmony, N.C., and raises forage and row crops.
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- March 2010