$100 Ideas

 
$100 Ideas

$200 Double Your Money Winner: Hazard Lights Breakaway

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Jacob Schmidgall
Atlanta, Ill.

On the back of my John Deere tractor, the hydraulics are on the left-hand side and the light plugs are on the right. When in a hurry, I’ve forgotten to unhook the hazard light wires, and they break when I pull away. To alter how the lights plug in, I used male and female bullet connectors, crimped them and added a layer of electrical tape to keep out moisture. Now if I forget to unhook them and drive off, the connectors come apart and the wires don’t break.

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Sheet Metal Flashing Brake

To bend long pieces of thin metal, I built a 12" sheet metal brake that clamps in a vise. I welded a hinge to two 12" flat bars and then added square tubing perpendicular to create a handle to bend the hinge. Lastly, I welded square tubing at the bottom of the hinge to fit in the vice.

Duane Unruh
Ft. Sumner, N.M.


The Right Socket the First Time

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To save time when looking for a socket wrench, I simply used a paint marker to highlight the sizes. Now, I no longer fumble around several sockets to find the right size. 

Brett Weich
Hoskins, Neb.


Share your unpublished ideas to join our $100 Ideas Club. The Double Your Money winner receives $200. Other farmers featured receive $100 each. All winners receive a hat. 

To submit your unpublished idea, which must include a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number, write to $100 Ideas, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 1188, Johnston, IA 50131-9421, email $100-Ideas@farmjournal.com or fill out the entry form at www.farmjournal.com/enter_100_ideas.  All published material becomes Farm Journal Media property. 

 

 




 

 

 

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