$100 Ideas

November 15, 2008 06:59 AM

Welder on a Wing
To clear up floor space in our cramped shop, we installed our wire welder on a swinging arm. The arm, which is bolted to the wall, is patterned after a sprayer boom. When not in use, it folds flat, thanks to a hinge that pivots in the middle, against the wall. The wire welder can be swung into the center of the shop or through the door to weld outside.

Simon Knutson
Hubbard, Iowa

Up, Up, and Away
Sorting steers used to require two or three people to open and shut gates. To conserve manpower, I mounted an old electric silo winch to the rafters and a gate. With the gate on the outside of the pen, the winch pulls the gate open and mechanically shuts it once the steers are corralled.

Ervin Burkholder 
Denver, Penn.

An Eye on Organization 
Trying to find a suitable place to mount monitors and controllers in my tractor cab has always been a problem. When I plant, I need space for a monitor, insecticide controller and planter controller. My tractor manufacturer offers a mount for the front corner of the cab, but it only has space for one monitor or controller. I fabricated a bracket, which easily holds three or more monitors and/or controllers. Using the existing bolt holes in the cab's corner posts to secure the bracket, I made a ½" slot that runs the length of the bracket to fit any monitor or controller. I place units I frequently use toward the back of the cab to be within reach. The one I just need to watch is placed closer to the front.

As the number of monitors and controllers Rod Schlieman needed in his planting tractor increased from one to three, the existing post mount was limiting. In an afternoon, he made a metal bracket stretching the entire length of the tractor window, putting all three monitors within reach. Schlieman grows corn, soybeans and wheat in west-central Minnesota.

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