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$100 Ideas - March 2019

11:39AM Mar 19, 2019

$100 Ideas March 2019( Illustrations: Bob Cunningham )

$200 Double Your Money Winner: Net Wrap Holder

When dealing with large bales, we like to keep the net wrap handy. We used square tubing to build a net wrap holder that hooks over our tractor’s front weight bracket. First, we welded four 12" vertical posts to a 40" horizontal base. Then we attached a pair of 7" hooks that slip over the weight bracket. Now the net wrap is always within reach, nestled in the space between the posts and the hooks.

Kari works alongside her family on their dairy, DLM Acres, and is a third-generation farmer. They raise corn and alfalfa.

Kari Middendorf
Sauk Centre, Minn.


Center Pivot Gearbox Carrier

I made a carrier to lug pivot gearboxes out into the field. A 5' pipe, which is carried on the shoulders of two people, is welded to a flange that fits the bolt pattern of the gearbox. Simply slide the flange onto the gearbox studs. Use the fastener nuts to secure it and you’re ready to walk through the corn to fix the pivot.

Mitchell Searle
Burley, Idaho


Bright Orange PVC Pipe Marks Culverts

Tractor tires can take a beating when mowing near the end of a culvert pipe. After I damaged a tire, I came up with a solution. I took a short section of bright orange PVC pipe and sawed it open on one side. I used a hammer to tap it over the top edge of the culvert pipe. This shows up well in green grass and covers the sharp end of the pipe.

Bob Strawhacker
Mediapolis, Iowa


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