$100 Ideas: Grinder Caddy

January 2, 2016 02:23 AM
$100 Ideas: Grinder Caddy

$200 Double Your Money Winner: Grinder Caddy

      Roger Reinholdt
     Peculiar, Mo.

When modifying equipment, I constantly go back and forth to the shop to get a different grinder, metal saw, etc., and another extension cord. Cords get tangled and tools get dropped, so I built a grinder caddy out of angle iron with two wheels in the back and a swivel wheel in the front. The tool holders are parts from a 494 John Deere planter, and three cross bars on the back have spokes to store extra wheels and brushes. Three four-plex plugs allow for only one long extension cord. Caution: The cart has to be properly grounded, with adequate wiring to handle amp loads of tools. 

Raised on a farm in northwest Iowa, Reinholdt started rebuilding planters with his father. He’s currently an engineer in the Kansas City area and rebuilds small farm equipment as a hobby. 




Retractable Extension Cord

During the winter, I use a lot of extension cords to plug in my vehicles and equipment. To organize cords, I installed a retractable extension-cord holder on the bed of several vehicles. The reel is fastened to an aluminum plate, which I then either bolt to the bed of the truck, or for temporary use, I just use vice grips to hold it in place. In the morning I unplug the cord, reel it in and drive away with no cords to clean up.

Colter Waldner
Mitchell, S.D.


Folding Sawhorses on a Work Station

When working on a portable work platform, I often need a sawhorse for supplies. I built several folding sawhorses out of 1½" to 2" steel tubing and attached them to the safety railing. The sawhorses are always there when I need them, and they fold out of the way when not in use.

Ryan Wipf
Lank Andes, S.D.

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Submit your unpublished idea with a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number.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