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For years, George Hofer has been using this simple, inexpensive yet fail-proof way to clean his sprayer after the season and prep it for winter storage. He farms in a corporation called Flat Willow Colony, along with eight other families. Together, they raise 10,000 acres of winter wheat, safflower, barley and corn, along with 1,200 head of cattle.
Winterize Your Sprayer
It seems so simple, but when winterizing your sprayer, add a shutoff valve with an air valve quick coupler in the main line of the spray booms to blow out the booms. After blowing out the booms, drain the filters, pump and tank. Then add 25 gal. to 30 gal. of RV antifreeze in your tank and spray it through the booms until it’s gone. The residue in the pump and lines will create a freeze-proof system.
Night visibility and safety is always a top concern, especially when working with machinery. We found painting the lowest step of the flexible ladder on our combine with glow in the dark paint is a significant help when it comes to ensuring safety. Next, we hope to replace the painted version of the ladder with a luminescent urethane extension for added visibility.
Clay City, Ind.
The grease guns that hang on my shop wall always seem to drip onto my welding table and shop floor, especially when the temperatures are warmer. I measured the length of my welding table, cut a piece of 5" guttering with end caps to match, and then mounted the gutter below the grease guns. No more dirty welding tables or floors!
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