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It took Kevin Gradert approximately 30 hours and $200 to build a sturdy workbench for his busy shop. The best feature of the workbench is that it’s portable. Kevin raises corn and soybeans with his son, Carson.
Portable "Bowling Alley" Workbench
I have a large farm shop and needed a portable workbench. For the top of the bench, I used wood from a bowling alley lane. The rest of the bench is made out of plywood. The unit is 42" deep x 75" wide and stands 40" tall. The six drawers can hold single tools and are 4" deep, 19.5" wide and 30" long; they use a wood-on-wood glide system. I also included two cabinet doors for larger items. The left-hand side of the bench has hooks for cords and stationary wheels. The right side has a handle to pull the bench where needed and locking swivel wheels to hold the unit in place.
Top Link for Three-Point Hitch
When using a rear-mounted snowblower, the angle of the cutting edge in relation to the blower’s skid-shoes can be altered by the length of the top link. The type of snow (packed or light and soft) will determine the angle of attack. My cylinder adapter consists of a ¾"x2" long iron that fits snugly into the cylinder clevis. I drilled a hole to fit the cylinder pin, and a washer on each side of the iron makes a tight fit. On the end of each adapter, I welded a replacement lift arm end with ball. We found that a 6" stroke cylinder works well.
Hi-Tech Magnifier and Note Pad
Sometimes I struggle to read part numbers or VIN numbers on my machinery. Now I use my smartphone to take a picture! Then I can stretch and magnify the image to show the part number.
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- January 2014