$100 Ideas: Three-Point Tractor Weight

October 22, 2016 02:09 AM
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Alec Anderson
Lyons, Neb.

$200 Double Your Money Winner: Three-Point Tractor Weight

Our loader tractor didn’t have enough weight in the back to balance a heavy load, so we built a three-point frame from scrap iron. On the front of the frame, we added front suitcase weights, saved from a tractor we traded, which added 1,200 lb. to the rear of the tractor. The only cost was a set of three-point pins to mount the attachment to the tractor. An open toolbox was added behind the supporting bracket to hold chains and hitch pins. 

Alec raises corn and soybeans with his father, Dave, and grandfather, Kenneth, on Anderson Farms. Alec’s grandfather came up with the original idea and Alec helped him with the construction.




Hydraulic Coupler Mount

We obtained a combine header that didn’t have a “docking station” for our hydraulic multicoupler. So we used rubber belting from a grain leg to create a quick and secure docking station for the coupler. Cut keyhole slots to catch the side-mounted studs. No secondary latch is needed, and the docking station works well for road transport. 

Treg Shidler
Clay City, Ind.


Grinder Storage

I organized the grinders in my shop by making a 4½" rack from 2" angle iron on my welding table. First, I welded the angle iron between the legs of the table. With a plasma cutter, cutting torch or grinder with a cutoff blade, make a cutout wide enough for the grinder head to rest in place. The guard shield holds the grinder on the rack. 

Shawn Strunk
Colwich, Kan.

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