Handy Devices

Easy-to-build ideas make your work easier.

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Color-Coded Fix, Image by Ralph A. Mark Jr.)

Color-Coded Fix (Editor’s Choice):

Anyone who has disconnected one accessory from the tractor and attached another has felt the frustration of getting the connection backward. Bill Shahan, Valley View, Texas, has a simple solution: He purchased colored zip ties and color-coded all the hydraulic hookups and lines on both the tractor and the implements.

Post Puller:

Donald Harris, Bentonville, Arkansas, built a corner post puller by welding a 15-inch length of similar material perpendicular to one end of a 3-foot piece of square tube steel. He welded a 2-inch piece of square tube steel to the other end of the 3-foot piece. To pull the post, Harris sets the steel puller about 20 inches from the post. He wraps a chain around the post, lays the chain over the top of the puller then attaches the end to a tractor or pickup. As he pulls forward, the leverage lifts the post out of the ground.

Livestock Feeder:

Matt Anderson, Eagle Grove, Iowa, converted an abandoned grain elevator into a heavy-duty feeder. He removed the frame from the elevator shaft and set it aside. Next, he cut slots lengthwise in each of two old oblong metal water tanks, the tanks filled with sand to make them heavy. He laid the shaft into the slots cut into the tanks to complete construction of the feeder.

WINNING IDEAS: Win $400 if your idea is chosen as the month’s “Editor’s Choice” Handy Device. Win $200 for other ideas used on this page. To submit a Handy Device, please send clear photographs, detailed drawings and a complete explanation of your idea. With each entry, include your name, address and telephone number. Send Handy Device entries to Progressive Farmer, 2204 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 415, Birmingham, AL 35209. Sorry, but we cannot acknowledge submissions or return photographs, drawings or documentation.


Past Issues