Handy Devices

Easy-to-build ideas make your work easier.

Post Puller, Image by Ralph A. Mark Jr.

We’ve put more than a few post pullers in this space during the years. Here’s yet a new one. It comes from Grady Robinson, Heath Springs, South Carolina. He pulls his T-posts with an old bumper jack and a 6- x 6-inch scrap of quarter-inch steel plate. See the drawing (inset image) for the pattern of cuts he made in the plate.

The largest cut is 4 inches deep x 1 inch wide. The resulting slot fits around the fencepost. The other cut is 1 inch x 1 inch. Robinson welded a piece of round stock over the open end of this slot. The jack’s lifting arm is inserted into it. Pump the jack handle up and down a few times, and pull the post. Done.

A SODA FOR THE ROAD:

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Even off-road--in the tractor, combine or side-by-side--people count on their cup holders. Tom Buchholz, Wooster, Ohio, sent us a simple play on the ordinary American beverage holder. For $7.19, he purchased a green atrium grate (made of highest-quality structural foam polyethylene with UV inhibitor, says the supplier) from www.hardwareandtools.com. He turned it upside down and, with a self-tapping metal screw, attached it to a support inside his tractor cab. No more spills.

RIDING A THREE-LEGGED HORSE:

Clifford Jenkins, Brandywine, Maryland, sent us an easy idea to build stable sawhorses. Just build a pair of three-legged horses, as seen here. Simple and easy, he says.

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.

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