I designed an easy-to-install bypass for my grain dryer. Using 8" PVC pipe, I put a gated "Y" at the top of the grain dryer. I also welded the brackets used to secure the pipe to the dryer. Small chains open the gate, which are run through 1" PVC pipe to the ground for easy operation. On the bottom, I put a "Y" shaped pipe with a threaded cleanout to use as a deadhead for the grain to stop the wearing of the PVC pipe. Grain that doesn’t need to be dried and grain leaving the grain dryer both feed into an auger hopper.
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With a half day of work and a $300 investment, Gary Hendrix was able to build a grain bypass that saves wear and tear on his grain dryer. He designed the bypass, gate and brackets used in this system. Hendrix raises corn and soybeans in central Indiana.
When using a tractor and loader around the farm, it isn’t easy to clean out the bucket without a shovel. To ensure that a shovel is handy, we made a bracket for the side arms of our loader. The shovel slides into the bracket and a tarp strap holds it in place.
PTO Transport Catch
With hay fields 15 miles apart, I move equipment with a truck instead of a tractor. During transport, I secure the PTO shaft between two pieces of angle iron that act as arms, with a piece of flat iron that bolts closed.
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- October 2011