When I just need to lay a short section of tile to drain a small, wet spot in the field, I use my backhoe. Tile manufacturing companies recommend that tile be laid with a round-bottom trench. So I cut a piece of 5⁄8" plate steel into a half-circle on the bottom edge. I welded the plate to the three teeth on my backhoe bucket, and the half-circle makes a nice round-bottom trench for the job.
To make inoculant easier and safer to load on our forage harvester, I built a hinged bracket. The normal mounting spot for the applicator would be on the platform to the right of the cab, which makes the fill height more than 8' high. Putting the bracket between the front and rear wheels meant I had to make it swing out for accessibility, but it also allows the bracket to be moved out of the way of any side panels for inspection or maintenance.
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Out of the Dust
I made a detachable chute to unload grain from our end dump trailers, which saves us on cleaning up lost grain at the elevator and helps reduce grain dust. The chute quickly attaches to the trailer with 13" arms that are made from 1" strap metal. They have a notch cut in them that hooks over a bolt in the frame on each side of the unloading door. The 1" strap metal frame that holds the nylon sheeting is 16"x23". The nylon sheeting for the chute is 48" long and is attached to the strap metal frame with POP rivets and heavy washers to keep the holes in the sheeting from pulling through.
Unloading grain at the elevator can be a dusty job and grain can easily fall outside the target, especially with end dump trailers. To fix these problems, Charles Claflin made a detachable chute that can be put to use at the elevator and then removed for travel back to the farm. It took him only an hour and $20 to make the job easier and cleaner. Claflin raises corn, soybeans and beef cattle on his family farm in Missouri.
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- November 2010