Handy Devices

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Tube-bending vise. (Progressive Farmer illustration by Ralph A. Mark Jr.)

Bending a tube (Editor's Choice):

Ronald Franks, Pelham, Georgia, uses old pulleys clamped into his vise to bend copper tubing. He has several different diameter pulleys to make varying degrees of bends without kinks.

Storing chain saw chain:

Scott Henley, Morrow, Georgia, created this simple storage tube for chain saw chains. To hang the chains inside the tube, he drilled holes through the top of the tube and inserted an eyebolt. The chains hang untangled inside the PVC tube.

Pulley raises tailgate:

James Blankenship, Chuckey, Tennessee, finds it difficult to open and close the tailgate to his trailer. To make the job easier, he installed a simple winch and cable to raise and lower the ramp. Note the support he welded at the site of the pulley to increase the strength of his side panel.

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Dan Miller