$100 Ideas

July 29, 2008 08:05 AM

Money-Saving Dolly Wheels

When I priced a set of dolly wheels for my hay rake they cost more than $650. About a day in the shop altering a discarded planter hitch did the trick. The dolly wheels fit through the clevis of the planter tongue and are secured through the rake's hitch pin hole. This design permits the rake to be used semi-mounted or drawn on the dolly wheels; removing one bolt makes the change. Adding the dolly wheels to the rake hitch didn't modify, and therefore didn't devalue, the rake.

Thomas Curten
Modoc, Ill. 

Mowing Screen

Mowing tall dry weeds, especially dog fennels, can clog your radiator. Screen wire didn't quite do the trick, so when I ran across an old wire satellite dish I thought I'd give it a try. I cut the dish to ride above my tires and mounted it on top of the tractor's front-end weights. The height and shape of the dish is perfect to push down the nuisance weeds before they can clog the vents. A discarded rug serves as a bumper between the satellite dish and the hood of the tractor.

Winford Mobley
Cairo, Ga. 

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A Fan that Follows

Our shop is similar to a Quonset hut and gets rather hot in the summer. With limited floor space, the rafters were the only place to secure a fan. I didn't want to buy a fan for each of the work stations, so instead I used a sliding door track that makes it possible for the fan to follow me from work station to work station. The 8' track allows the fan to roll and swivel on a repurposed bracket from a shed door. The fan can be aimed in the direction I am working, which is especially useful during welding projects. 

Justin Kelzer
Randall, Minn.

The hot summer days had Justin Kelzer considering how to cool the shop. Instead of taking up floor space with multiple fans, he mounted a single fan on a track bolted to the rafters. With multiple work stations along one wall, the fan can be put to service wherever Kelzer's working. Justin helps his father, John, who raises beef cattle on the Nature Haven Farm in central Minnesota. 

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