$200 Double Your Money Winner: Nurse Trailer Boom Does the Heavy Lifting
After updating the pump and adding a 25'-long 3" fill hose on our nurse trailer, we quickly realized how heavy the hose becomes when full of water. I decided to make a boom that swings out for filling and stores the hose while idle. The boom, which is made out of two 7⁄8" fence post pipes I had lying around, is attached to the trailer with a ¼" plate. The main hinge is two 8" pipes that slide over the two 7⁄8" vertical pipes attached to the trailer. The middle hinge is made out of a 1" pin and two thick wall bushings with grease zerks. The outer boom pipe is notched out to allow 270° of movement. The hose rests on U-shaped saddles on top of the boom and is secured with tarp straps. When not in use, two hooks secure the boom to the side rails as well as a chain and hook for extra security. The end of the hose and valve attach to a 3" male plug on the trailer.
Richardson has worked for Claerhout Farms in Princeton, Kan., since 1986. As a jack of all trades, he does whatever is needed on the soybean, wheat and corn operation.
Storage Rack Keeps Skid Steer Attachments Handy
I built a 60"-wide, 42"-deep and 42"-high storage rack to keep my skid loader attachments in one spot. The frame for the wooden floor is made of 8"-long pieces of 2" square tubing. I lifted the floor 3" off the ground so I can slide my pallet forks underneath. I extended the 2" square tubing on one side to create a second shelf. To keep the bucket stored on top from sliding forward, I made 4"x4" caps on the ends of the tubing. When I place a bucket on the lower shelf, I rest it on the corner posts, which allows any water to drain from the bucket.
Telescoping Hitch Makes Life Easier
When you get to be 89 years old, backing implements into a shed isn’t as easy. I simplified the task by adding a telescoping quick hitch to the front bracket on my tractor. I lift the hitch, drop in two pins and I’m ready to maneuver the implement with the front of the tractor so I can see where I’m going. I only use the telescoping hitch to back implements into the shed.
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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.