$100 Ideas

November 4, 2008 07:01 AM

Idle Electric Motor
To work on an electric motor without it toppling over,
I drilled a hole in my wooden workbench to slip the shaft through and hold the motor steady. I also use the hole to stabilize gear drives.

Ernie Decker
Arlington, S.D.

Storage Flip-Flop
After it had been sitting empty for many years, we decided to convert a grain bin on our farmstead into a storage building for feed. The old grain bin door was replaced with a wooden door big enough to drive our skid steer through. A silo winch slides the door up and down on a 3" I-beam. The neighbors say it looks like an oversized chicken feeder, but now we're able to buy feed by the semi load—and we don't have to shovel feed by hand or use wheelbarrows anymore.

Jeffrey Taylor
Colfax, Wis.


Three in One
I frequently use my grinder, vise and anvil, which means they all need to be convenient to access. To congregate the tools, I built a three-in-one stand. A 20" truck wheel serves as the stand's base, and the main pedestal is made of 25"-long, 4"-diameter round pipe. The two arms and upright segments are made from 3" pipe. Each tool is then mounted on a 9"x9" plate made from ¼"-thick metal. The entire assembly weighs about 175 lb., but since it sits on a round wheel, it is still easy to rotate.
Using scrap metal and his lifelong welding skills, Clayton Layman took the idea of a tool stand and multiplied it by three. Mounting his grinder, vise and anvil on one stand allows him to walk around and use each tool. Layman owns Bar-L Ranch, a cow–calf operation, in southern Missouri.

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