$100 Ideas: Storage Dolly When On the Go

January 23, 2016 02:36 AM
$100 Ideas: Storage Dolly When On the Go

$200 Double Your Money Winner: Storage Dolly When On the Go

  Roger Guerrero Jr.
  Santa Anna, Texas

To make it easier for my kids to haul their supplies at livestock shows, I turned a dolly into a portable storage unit. First, I welded a ½" sucker rod center pipe to the base of the dolly and cut a slightly larger pipe into four different lengths to act as pivot points. The four storage containers are bolted to strap iron shaped like a “T” onto the pivot points. To keep the containers stable when in motion, I drilled a hole and fastened them with an “R” pin. When you want the containers to pivot, remove the “R” pin. It only took me 1 to 1½ hours to build, and I used scrap iron from the farm.

Roger raises cattle, hogs and row crops, including wheat, cotton and hay. He farms with his brother, Ramiro, and his dad, Roger Sr. Roger’s children show steers and pigs at local, county and state events.


Rotary Organizer for Parts


I reused opener blades from a planter to make a rotary organizer for parts, bolts and fittings. Weld 12" of 4"-diameter pipe in the center of a 22" disk blade for the stand and a long piece of 5⁄8" threaded rod to the pipe for the top. Place a 2" spacer over the rod, followed by a bearing and an opener blade (with a 1½" lip welded on it). Then repeat the process with an 8" spacer to the desired height. Use a 5⁄8" lock nut on the top to secure the top blade.

Justin Wipf
Ipswich, S.D

Grain Catcher Makes Unloading a Snap


Unloading grain out of the back of a truck to a swing auger makes a huge mess. Use a 35-gal. plastic storage tub to solve the problem. Cut a hole in the center of the tub bottom for grain to fall through. To reinforce, use oversized bolts to secure two lengths of square tubing underneath the container. Add a spacer and an oversized washer near the head of each bolt at the bottom, so the washers lock onto the wire grate of the auger hopper to keep the tub in place. Adjust the tub position as needed. No more scattered grain to pick up.

Dennis Rossiter
St. Peter, Minn.

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Submit your unpublished idea with a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number.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