$100 Ideas

March 27, 2010 07:12 AM

Tender Trailer with an Easy Step Up

During spraying season, climbing up and down from the 5'-high tender trailer can be taxing. I made a removable ladder from scrap-steel fence posts and 2"x2" square steel tubing. The ladder supports slide into existing slots on the trailer, and the fence posts provide excellent traction for hands and feet.

Ed Malecki  Kouts, Ind.

Safety Is a Priority

When moving grain wagons on the road at night, I want to be sure the other drivers can see what I'm hauling. The older wagons I use do not have lights on the back, so I added two sets of lights for a small cost. I mounted a
12-volt battery at the front of the wagon and secured wires from the battery to the aftermarket lights mounted on the back of the wagon. The lights mimic the patterns on new wagons for optimal visibility.


Larry Kaufmann Cissna Park, Ill.

Planter Box Carrier

When switching from planting corn to soybeans, organization speeds up the process. I built a planter box cart that holds 15 seed boxes with lids. The three shelves are made from 8' pieces of expanded metal measuring 25" wide. The lightweight yet sturdy frame is constructed from 1½"x1⁄8" angle iron and is mounted on four 4" casters, which makes it easy enough to roll around with one hand. Storing the boxes in one easily accessible spot makes servicing the meters and cleaning the planter much easier, as well.

To minimize the time it takes to transition from planting corn to planting soybeans, Robbie Williams constructed a planter box carrier on wheels. He raises corn, soybeans and cattle in western Kentucky with help from his father, Fielding Williams.


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