Cab Lining Holds Up
The liner on my tractor cab's roof started coming loose. After consulting with my dealer, my only option to restore the liner was to replace it. Taking a closer look, I realized the exterior material was glued to a formed fiber about 1⁄8" thick with a layer of foam between. I was able to secure the liner by using short sheet-metal screws in a neatly arranged pattern.
Ready to Grab
To neatly and conveniently store log chains, I paint the hooks on either end of a chain the same color. When I place chains in the bucket, I hook the ends along the rim. Then, when I need a chain, I match the hook color, grab the ends and go without having to untangle and resort the clump of chains.
East Grand Forks, Minn.
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Repurposed Rebar Bender
The project of replacing a 96-year-old bridge on one of our farms required us to think outside the box. We needed to bend 30 rebar supports for the concrete headwalls, but our press wasn't able to get the 90° angle. We turned to our 22-ton log splitter. We took the end of the ram cylinder off, welded a U-shaped die to a face plate and bolted it to the cylinder. Using a 1½" shaft, we were able to run the splitter and bend the rebar to 90°. The conversion took three hours—and it worked like a dream. Once we were done with the bridge, we removed eight bolts and 15 minutes later we had our log splitter restored to its original purpose.
Van Wert, Ohio
To get more than two dozen pieces of rebar bent to 90°, it was going to take more than pure muscle. A simple conversion to a log splitter made the job much easier. Poe raises corn, soybeans and wheat with his dad, David, and son, Bill Jr., on David Poe Inc. Farms.
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- Mid-February 2010