$100 Ideas

$100 Ideas
Roger Schroeder
Swea City, Iowa

$200 Double Your Money Winner!

With safety at the top of his mind, Roger Schroeder spent $75 and a couple hours to install a railing on his water tender. Schroeder farms with his dad, Ronald. Together, they raise corn, soybeans and cattle.


Handy Railing on Water Tender 

A couple years ago, I bought a water tender for my sprayer. It’s decked out with heavy metal fenders and steps, but there’s nothing to hang on to when I climb up to fill the tank, which isn’t good when the fenders are wet and slippery. Using 1" diameter pipe, I built a sturdy metal railing. The railing runs the length of the fender and is secured with four bolts, two on each side. For added safety and stability, two rails run parallel and one perpendicular in the middle. Now it's so much easier—and safer—to get on and off the water tender.


Space Saving Tool Tree

I never had enough room to hang all my tools, so I made a tool tree. I used an old disk blade for the stand and welded a 1¼" pipe perpendicular to it. At the top of the pipe, I made a hook out of rods to hang my saber saw. To hang my drills, I welded short pieces of pipe at angles so the drills can slip through and hang by their chucks. For the grinder, I welded two rods to hold it from the blade and two angled rods so it hangs straight. Last, I welded old sockets to the main pipe to hold my impact wrenches. To keep the cords together, I cut the bead out of a tire.

Edwin Egli
New Salem, N.D. 


Electric Fence Insulator Tightener

We have been using 3⁄8" electric fence posts on our farm for years. As I get older, it’s harder for me to tighten the insulators enough to keep them from slipping down the post. I made a tightener tool to make it easier. Using a large flat washer big enough to fit over the insulators, I made two holes for ¼"x1" long bolts to catch the knots on the insulator. Then, I welded a ¼"x6" rod for a handle. No more loose insulators!

Allen Keim
Kinderhook, Ill.

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  • All winners receive a hat and check and are featured in Farm Journal and on AgWeb. 
  • The Double Your Money winner receives $200 and a coupon for up to $5,000 on new equipment built New Holland Smart. Their winning idea is also featured on “AgDay” television and “AgriTalk” radio.
  • All other winners receive $100. 
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