$200 Double Your Money Winner: A Quick Way to Roll Air Compressor Hoses
We frequently use a diesel air compressor on our crop and turkey farm, especially when cleaning our turkey barns. Blowing dust off ceilings, walls, fans and equipment improves the effectiveness of our pressure washing and cleaning procedures, but we struggle with dragging the 250' air hose among buildings. To save time and effort moving the hose from barn to barn, I purchased a used hose reel off of a fire truck at a consignment sale and mounted it on a trailer tongue from a dismantled rotary scythe. I extended the tongue to 7' to 8', which allowed more room to mount the reel so it would not get damaged. I had a 1" diameter hydraulic hose made to connect the air supply to the reel. The reel can be run manually, but I attached a 12-volt battery on the compressor for quicker roll-up.
Moline raises turkeys, corn and soybeans on Moline Farms. He farms with his father, John, and his brother, Grant. It took him six to eight hours to build the air hose reel and $150 in supplies.
Grease Fittings Make Adding Duals Easy
I use the same tractor to pick up rocks in the spring and spread manure in the fall. When adding duals for better traction, I need to move the inside wheels toward the middle to make room for the duals. A rusted rack and pinion makes the job difficult, so I drilled a 3⁄16" hole in the wheel into the pinion shaft area and installed grease fittings on both ends of the shaft. After a couple pumps of grease and wiggling the pinion shaft a bit, I’m able to move the inner wheels by myself with ease.
Seeing is Believing in GPS Accuracy
I don’t use the markers on my planter when I plant with GPS. But as a way to monitor GPS accuracy, I installed two guides on both ends of my planter. They hang and pivot off brackets just above the previously planted row. Now at a quick glance, I can verify GPS accuracy on the go. The bracket includes a 15" extension that I remove when switching from 30" corn to 15" soybeans.
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- All winners receive a hat, check and die-cast metal replica (1⁄16th scale) John Deere 8370R tractor, part of the collector’s edition Prestige line from Ertl, and are featured in Farm Journal and on AgWeb.
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- All other winners receive $100.