$100 Ideas: Flag Indicator on Chute Helps Position Trailer

August 20, 2016 02:40 AM
$100 Ideas: Flag Indicator on Chute Helps Position Trailer

$200 Double Your Money Winner: Flag Indicator on Chute Helps Position Trailer

   Charlie Madaris
  Hope Hull, Ala.

When backing up our stock trailer, this spring-action flag helps the driver get into position to load or unload cattle. As the trailer backs up, it hits the lever and pivots the flag out so you can see it in your rearview mirror. The flag is made from flat steel, attached to ½"-diameter round stock. The lever is made of ½"-diameter round stock that drops into a 1" galvanized frame for rotation. A bottom spring provides tension so the flag returns to the home position when you pull away. If the trailer backs up too far, a top spring allows everything to pivot away from the fence so it can’t get hung up. 

Charlie is a third-generation member of CK Cattle, raising Angus, ChiAngus and SimAngus seedstock cattle in central Alabama. 


Loader Extension Allows A Longer Reach


My loader didn’t have a long enough reach to lift tall pivot spans, so I built a heavy-duty extension. I welded a ¾" truss rod along the top of a 16'x8"steel square toolbar to give it strength. There are ½" steel plates under the bridge anchors with a chain hook on the end. The extension bolts to the loader bucket with two large U-bolts. A large chain is attached for safety. It is engineered to lift anything the loader and tractor are rated to handle.

Benjamin Hoops
Byron, Neb.

Doors That Slide With Ease


When trying to move the sliding doors on our large pole barn, there wasn’t much to grab onto and I was always pinching my fingers. So I decided to add an extra handle that didn’t stick out too far. I used a 24" solid shaft, tapped and threaded on each end, so I could bolt them between the wood frame of the door. Now I can easily open and close the door by grabbing it with two hands and not worry about pinching my fingers.

Robert Strawhacker
Mediapolis, Iowa


How to Enter

Submit your unpublished idea with a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number.

What You Win

  • 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. 
  • The Double Your Money winner receives $200 and is featured on “AgriTalk” radio.
  • All other winners receive $100. 
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