$100 Ideas: Hitch Ball Switch

November 9, 2010 10:20 AM

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Moving equipment and trailers around the farm can require switching hitch balls back and forth.
To keep from searching for a wrench every time this task comes up, I made a tool just for the job. I welded a long bolt to a nut and keep the tool at hand just for the purpose of unscrewing the ball from the hitches.

Dale Marks
Caledonia, Ill.

Calf Sled

When we come across a sick calf in the pasture, we need to get it out of the pasture and treated as soon as possible. To do this quickly and with the least amount of stress to the animal, I made a sled for the calf and let the mom follow behind. The body of the sled is the gutted-out front compartment of a discarded snowmobile. I welded 1¼" tube steel between the two skis to keep them in a fixed position. To close the sled on all four sides, I bolted a section from a poly tank to the back. It works great pulled behind a four-wheeler or a horse.

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Andrew Hall
Wagner, S.D.

Double Your Money $200

Bale Buggy’s Double Duty

To transport the calf table from pasture to pasture, I made a simple addition to the table. I welded two 4" diameter pipes under its frame. The forks of my bale carrier insert into the welded pipes, and then I can use the winch to lift it for transport. An hour’s time and $20 in materials gives the trailer two purposes without any modification to the bale carrier itself.

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After two years of brainstorming, James Treichel and his son came up with a way to make their bale carrier pull double-duty around the ranch. Treichel raises beef cattle and hay. In his shop, he likes to repair gates and make different types of latches.

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James Treichel
Cypress, Texas

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