When mowing along barbwire fences, it can be tricky to keep the tires away from the sharp barbs. I fabricated a shield to protect the rear tire on my lawn mower. It only took two hours to measure, cut and bolt the shield to the machine. There was already a hole in the mower platform, so I didn’t have to drill a new one, either.
Front-Mount Baler Guard
Balers are full of crevices for dust, straw and seed to settle into. The worst area is in front of the belts on the ledge under the hydraulic hoses. Of course, you can rake or blow out the debris to clean the area, but it doesn’t prevent the problem, so I made a guard out of galvanized tin. I cut it 3" longer than the width and bent it to 60°. I cut out four tabs along the edge of the tin and attached the guard to the baler with self-tapping screws.
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Corral Gate Wagon
We need to use our corral gates in various pastures—and we also need a place to store the gates off the ground. My grandkids’ old monkey bars serve as the platform, which is welded to an unused axle. The vertical pieces are off an old disk. The wagon holds 8', 10', 12' and 14' gates, which rest on arms that are 20° upright to keep them from sliding off.
When it comes time to work cattle, there’s no monkeying around. But this corral gate wagon made from an old set of monkey bars helps get the job done on Smith Farms. Bob Smith made this transport wagon in less than 12 hours and didn’t spend more than $60 on the project. After welding the wagon, he painted it and added a jack. Bob farms with his son, Carl, and they raise corn, soybeans, hay and beef cattle.
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- September 2010