$100 Ideas

May 4, 2010 07:05 AM

Mower Hitch

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.

Lester Kinzer
Edon, Ohio

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.

Joe Olthafer
Belmont, Wis.

Light Stand

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.

Jared Rouw
Earlham, Iowa

Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club. The Double Your Money winner receives $200. Other farmers featured receive $100 each. Upon publication, you'll receive a hat and a check. All material published becomes the property of Farm Journal Media. Send a description of your idea and a photo or sketch to $100 Ideas, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 1188, Johnston, IA 50131-9421 or e-mail $100-Ideas@farmjournal.com. Include your address and phone number. All 2010 $100 Ideas winners are entered to win a free trip to the 2011 Miller Welding University and secondary prizes.

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