$200 Double Your Money Winner: Bin Roof Safety Cable
To enhance safety when opening and shutting the manholes on our older drying bin, I installed a cable ring around the roof. The framework consists of 3⁄8"x5" eyebolts with plastic washers and double nuts on the top and underside of every other rib of the roof. I drilled a hole on both sides of the angle iron of the roof ladder in line with the eyebolts. Then I installed a 1⁄2"-thick cable on one side of the ladder. I strung the cable through all of the eyelets, connecting the other end to the turnbuckle on the other side of the ladder. To finish, I rotated the turnbuckle until the cable was tight.
Hitch Pin Fix
I have trouble with hitch pins wiggling loose because of cornstalks or weeds. I’ve tried hitch pin clips, linchpins and even bailing wire, but they still came loose. Finally, I ground a groove in the hitch pin to match the bolt head to keep the bolt from turning. All I need is pliers to loosen or tighten the bolt. It works great!
Net Wrap Removal System
I made a tool that consists of a 4' high pipe frame with a sharp grader blade to cut and remove the net wrap from a large bale of hay without getting out of the tractor. I sit the bale down lengthwise on the blade, then use the forks to push and lift up the bale, which cuts and removes the netting.
Glen Ullin, N.D.
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