$200 Double Your Money Winner: Hydraulic Cylinder Adjusts Auger
When I fill my grain bin, the auger needs to be perfectly mounted over the grain spreader or I have to hand-level the grain. Instead, I use a hydraulic cylinder to adjust the auger a slight amount in either direction. I made an angle brace using 20" of 2½"x1⁄4" flat iron. Cylinder eyelets are 6"-long ½"x3" flat iron with a 1" hole drilled for the cylinder pins. I connected the base of the cylinder to the 3" channel iron and the ram end to the drawbar.
Mirror Under Catwalk Helps Fill Trucks
By bolting a mirror to the underside of the catwalk around my overhead bins where I load my trucks, I’m able to watch from the ground and know exactly how much grain is in the truck and when it is time to pull forward. Now, I have a lot less spills and trips in and out of the truck.
Carrier to Move Equipment
I made homemade carriers to move equipment, such as wagons, into tight places in my shed. I bolted caster wheels onto wooden boxes made out of thick pieces of scrap lumber that can be placed under the wagon wheels for easy maneuvering. I use a floor jack on wheels to jack up each wheel, then slide the carrier underneath. I also put caster wheels on pallets so I can easily roll loose items out of the way when cleaning.
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