$100 Ideas

November 13, 2009 06:30 AM

Air Hose Organizer

After I purchased a new upright air compressor, I realized there wasn't a place to wrap the air hose. To keep the hose from getting tangled, I welded two garden hose hangers opposite each other to a strap of steel. Then, I made a bracket, welded it onto the hangers and bolted it to the frame of the air compressor. The hose hanger can hold up to 75' of air hose, and it's attached to my air compressor to keep plenty of hose within reach when I need it.

Wayne Hawkins
Iuka, Ill.

Keep Gates Open on Windy Days

To keep gates open in the wind, I built a folding bracket made from 2" exhaust pipe and a ¾"-thin wall pipe. The pipe is attached to rotate at the bottom (about two rungs up the gate) and fit into a latch on the top rung. When I open the gate, I slide the pipe from the latch; it catches the ground and the gate stays put. Then, when closing the gate, I slide the pipe back into the latch. It's the extra hand that's always there when I need it.

Allard Christenson
Mahnomen, Minn.

Three-Point Post Puller

Although it didn't take much effort to convert a discarded trip-bottom plow into a post puller, it has saved me a lot of work. To build the tool, I inverted the plow beam upside down and built the rest of the frame from 4" square tube. I extended the length to about t4' and attached a sharpened V-shaped piece of iron at the end. It hooks to the three-point hitch of my tractor so I can control the post puller from the cab. When it's time to pull a post, I back the tractor into position and lift the post out of the ground with ease. This post puller works well with steel or wooden posts. 

Wayne Bloom
Villisca, Iowa

Wayne Bloom built this handy fencing tool in less than two hours with scrap iron from around the farm. Bloom raised cattle, hogs, corn and soybeans with his wife, Geri. Shortly after being selected as a $200 winner, Wayne retired from the farm and sold this winning three-point post puller (and the tractor he used to hook it up to) at his farm equipment sale.

The Double Your Money winner receives $200. Other farmers featured receive $100 each. Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club. Upon publication, you'll receive a hat and check. 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 material published becomes the property of Farm Journal Media.

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