Pins in Place
The only thing worse than losing a hitch pin in a hay field is not having a replacement for it. To keep extras always close by, I made a bracket for all of my tractors to keep a couple of hitch pins and clips handy. The bracket is made from a piece of angle iron with holes drilled for the hitches and pins. They are easy to make out of scrap metal lying around the farm shop and can be quickly attached to the rear of the tractor.
Portable Hardware Caddy
Three simple materials—PVC pipe, ¼" ready bolt, and plywood—are used to build a portable hardware caddy. The base is a 10"x8" piece of ¼" plywood. Make the center PVC piece longer than the rest to be used as the handle; mine is 1" PVC pipe cut to 18" long. Run a piece of ready bolt through the PVC and anchor it to the plywood with a washer and bolt on each end. Surround the center PVC section with any size and any length of other PVC pieces. Anchor them from the side to the center piece with screws, and drill a hole large enough for the screw heads so they start on the inside of the PVC. The caddy design can be used for screws, bolts, welding rods or various tools.
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Inspired by a Close Call
This past winter, my father and I were pulling out a truck-mounted manure spreader that was stuck with a tractor and heavy-duty tow rope. The clevis hooked to the truck bent and broke free. It came through the back of the tractor and struck my father in the head. We are fortunate he is OK, but he is still recovering. I was immediately inspired to build a protection screen. I took two pieces of angle iron and connected them with two pieces of 1" solid pipe measured to attach to the three-point hitch. Then a 4'x5' piece of steel mesh was attached across the top.
Kevin is amazed by how fast one accident can change everything, and that was the inspiration for this protection screen for the back of the tractor cab. Since the screen is attached using the three-point hitch, it’s easy to put on and take off. Kevin and his father, Alan, raise cattle, corn and soybeans.
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