With the intent to make a replacement step for the driver's side of the manure spreader truck, I scanned the shop for the right material for the job. I nixed the idea of using expanded metal because it will bend under pressure in time. Then I saw a steel post sticking out of the scrap barrel. I cut the post into three sections to match the width of the existing step frame and mounted the sections with bolts. The new step is sturdy and an excellent grip for muddy shoes.
No More Busted Thumbs
To compensate for my clumsiness, I made a grease gun holder from four rectangular pieces of ¾" plywood. I screwed two pieces to the top edge of my workbench just wide enough apart to get the plunger through. I pulled back the plunger until it was fully extended and marked the spot for placement of the bottom two boards that hold the handle in place. I screwed two more rectangles of ¾" plywood there, leaving space for the plunger to slip through.
After Too Many Close Calls
Our farm is located on a busy highway. To keep us and motorists safe, I installed extra lights on the back of our self-propelled sprayer. For $100 and a few hours of my time, I was able to fabricate brackets and mount and wire directional lights. I also placed brake lights below the boom to put them in the line of sight for drivers trailing behind the sprayer. To keep an extra eye on traffic behind the sprayer, I installed an AgCam system that can be monitored from the driver's seat.
People who aren't familiar with farm equipment don't seem to notice the lights on self-propelled sprayers because they are mounted high on the machine. After one too many close calls on the highway, Dave Richardson mounted lights below the boom so they're easily visible. Richardson works on Claerhout Farms, which grows corn, soybeans and wheat in east-central Kansas.
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- December 2009