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Tim Johnson says it took him half a day to install warning lights on a gravity wagon. He estimates the cost of supplies was approximately $200 for the microswitch, wiring and light. Tim farms with his dad and uncle on Circle J Farms near Wausa, Neb., where they raise corn and soybeans.
Gravity Wagon Gate Warning Light
After an employee left the gravity wagon gate open one night, spilling an entire wagon-load of grain, I came up with a way to warn employees if the gate is open. I installed a microswitch mounted on the upper left-hand corner of the unloading gate that triggers a beacon light when the gate is open. The light is powered off of the cord that operates the wagon’s tail lights and warning lights. The wagon must be plugged into the tractor in order for the light to work. The beacon light is affixed to the frame of the wagon, where it is convenient to the power source.
Add a Camera for Trailer Hookup
I farm by myself, so I’m always looking for timesaving ideas. Although I have a backup camera on my truck, it doesn’t help much when it comes to hooking up a fifth-wheel trailer. It is always hard to get lined up just right, and I find myself having to get in and out of the cab a lot. So I installed a second camera inside the bed of the truck facing the hitch. Now, I know exactly where to stop.
Portable Storage Pallet for Tractor Duals
Moving dual tractor tires is always a challenge. I made a portable stand that is 4' wide x 6' long and stands 42" tall that I can move with a forklift. First, I built a bottom main frame with 3"x6" rectangular tubing that the forklift spears can slide into. Then, I welded two pieces of 4" channel iron to the bottom, spaced far enough apart to cradle the tire and keep it from rolling out. I added a center railing to separate the tires. The upper railings are made from 11⁄4" square tubing, and I braced the railings on the outside with rebar. Then, I welded a piece of square tubing to all three rails at the back. It’s worked for the past five years.
How to Enter
Mail: Farm Journal $100 Ideas, P.O. Box 1188, Johnston, IA 50131-9421
Submit your unpublished idea with a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number.
What You Win
- All winners receive a hat and check and are featured in Farm Journal and on AgWeb.
- The Double Your Money winner receives $200 and a coupon for up to $5,000 on new equipment built New Holland Smart. Their winning idea is also featured on "AgDay" television and "AgriTalk" radio.
- All other winners receive $100.