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The Brookshire brothers can grease their row cleaners while protecting their hands from the sharp spokes. Brad reports that using this tool beats having to tap the dust cap back on all the time and makes this a one-person job. Brad and his brother, Brent, farm with their father, John. They grow 1,600 acres of corn, wheat and double-crop soybeans.
"Our old-style row cleaners don’t have grease fits, so my brother and I built this tool to make greasing them easier. We started with a 10"×1½" piece of steel and then drilled a hole slightly bigger than 5⁄16" in each end. We also drilled a 1" hole in the middle. Then we took two 5⁄16" eye bolts and cut out part of each eye to create a hook that fits around the spoke of the row cleaner. Next, we put a dust cap with a grease fitting in it on the bearing hub. Finally, we slid the hooks over the opposing spokes and tightened the 5⁄16" bolts for a pressure fit that makes greasing easy."
It’s easy to knock cans of spray lubricant off the workbench or implement toolbar, which typically leads to the nozzle breaking off or being damaged. To protect the nozzle, I made a bracket that fits over the top of the can. I took an 8" piece of metal and bent it into a U-shaped guard, and then used a water hose clamp to secure it around the circumference of the can. I added pop rivets to the connects to make transferring the bracket to a new can easier.
Dakota Dunes, S.D.
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Wrenches on Hand
When working on equipment around the ranch, it’s best to keep the tools you need close by. I use welding rod to thread the tools together and then twist it around the equipment I’m working on. For example, having a set of wrenches within reach saves many trips back and forth to the toolbox and keeps them together as a set.