Handy Devices

December 2020 Handy Devices

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Magic Chain (Progressive Farmer image by Ray E. Watkins Jr.)

MAGIC CHAIN (Editor's Choice):

How do you keep track of keys for a locked farm gate when you have multiple users? John Carl Fobian, West Branch, Iowa, has an idea. Each gate user not only holds his or her own key, but each supplies a padlock with it. Each lock is linked to a short length of chain -- with each lock also serving as an easy-opening link in the chain. If an owner loses his key, the other owners are not inconvenienced because they can still work their own locks and open the gate.


Older truck toolboxes make great lockable storage units. Jerry Wright, Stamping Ground, Kentucky, mounted a truck box to braces on his shop wall. The braces are reinforced.

> 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.


Dan Miller