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Adam Rogers farms in a partnership with his dad, Steven, and his brother, Phillip. They grow corn and soybeans and enjoy maintaining their own equipment. Their engine hoist took them 8 to 10 hours to build and they used mostly scrap material around the shop. They have overhauled 10 to 12 engines in the past decade.
Engine Hoist Provides Safe, Full-Circle Access
When overhauling an engine, no one wants to have 500 lb. of steel hanging over their head. With safety top of mind, we took an old electric forklift and removed the forks to fashion a hoist. Then we mounted an irrigation gearbox to the mast of the forklift that allows the engine to rotate 360°. We then mounted a 2'×3' steel plate to the gearbox and drilled holes into the plate. The engine is secured to the forklift using 20 bolts from the intake manifold. We used the driveshaft from the irrigation box to make a handle to help us rotate the engine.
Tow Rope Storage
Storing and loading a 40'×4" nylon tow rope with steel rings on each end is cumbersome. To make it easier, I mounted a pulley to the rafters of our machine shed next to the overhead door. Using a ½" nylon rope, I suspended a saddle bracket from the pulley. I loop the tow rope over the bracket, then hoist it up to the pulley and tie the 1⁄2" rope to the wall. When we need to use the tow rope, we drive up next to it, loosen the ½" rope and lower it into the pickup or hang it onto the back of the tractor.
Rodney C. Sell
Label Tarps to Save Time
There’s nothing more frustrating than stretching out a tarp only to realize it’s too small. The next time you buy a new tarp, write the size on the corners with a permanent marker. That way you will know the size of the tarp when you pull it out of storage to use it again.
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