When mowing tall grass with a trail-behind mower, I worry about the hitch pin coming loose. After losing several, I fabricated a sliding bar that secures the hitch pin. First, I welded two brackets on top of the hitch. The sliding bar slips through the brackets, and the two holes in the bar allow a clip to lock it in the appropriate position. Now I don't worry about the mower coming loose from the tractor.
Water Tank Shutoff Valve
During spraying season, I cover 1,800 acres twice, which means I need a ready supply of water for the sprayer. Every night I fill two 1,500-gal. tanks to prepare for the next morning. The tanks are plumbed together, and the water level in both tanks is monitored with a 2" Styrofoam float. I used a 3⁄4 ball valve with an extension welded to the lever; the float is tied to the extension. This setup allows me to fill the tanks without worrying about water running over.
My dad and I needed a light to work on projects around the farmyard at night. I used an old tractor rim to make the base for a light stand. I welded 6" channel iron across the rim, then took 3½"x3½" square tubing and welded it to the base. A 10' high-pressure sodium light is mounted on top of the stand. The rim makes it easy for two people to roll the light stand to where it's needed.
Jared and his father, Rod, work on various projects together around the farm. Having a 10' light mounted on a tire rim allows them to move the light to where they are working. Their current project is restoring an antique Allis-Chalmers tractor. Their operation includes corn, soybeans and hay and they do custom work, as well.
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- Late Spring 2010