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Invention Comp 2021: Nifty Tractor Attachments and Add-ons

Farmers have found many ways to save time and money by building their own tractor attachments and service tools, such as jack supports, oil drain pans, ATVs, fences, and various transport crates for bale wraps. ..

reference: Front-end loader option for tractors over 200hp

Alistair Bray’s Axle Stand Jack

Alistair Bray has been in the vehicle for years and has been dissatisfied with the fact that jack points are often the best place to install an axle stand.

He usually looks for a combination of a jack and an axle stand, as there is usually little space to operate both safely. After not finding a commercial product, he made it himself.

© Alastair Bray

The jack in the photo was manufactured about 12 years ago using a thin 3.5t bottle jack recovered from a commercial vehicle. Bray says he spent a considerable amount of time calculating the correct amount of telescopic adjustment for the axle stand element.

While driving, place the stand under the lift point, raise the jack and insert the locking pin as you would a traditional axle stand. Then lower the jack so that the weight of the machine is supported by the safety pin.

The jack is secured to the base of the stand and has a bracket for storing the locking pin and jack handle.

Charlie Smith front weight block

Instead of buying a front-end ballast for the Fent, Charlie Smith set out to build his own smart weightbox with plenty of space to store tools and spares.

The heavy unit is made of 12mm and 15mm sheet steel and has a central compartment for storing additional loose weights and storage cabinets on each side.

Front weight block

© Charlie Smith

These have shelves to help organize the contents, and Smith installed a lockable hinged door in a chamfered, edgy indentation to keep out moisture. There is also a small toolbox with a flip-up lid near the linkage and a bracket for carrying spades or forks.

Smith designed the box to be as close to the tractor as possible, adding a clean touch to the slanted front and professional roll corner sections. He finished it with durable raptor paint, added some LED marker lights and attached the Fent logo.

The box takes 8 days to assemble and weighs 840 kg before adding weight or tools.

Stephen Stockdale’s Safe Jack

Stephen Stockdale devised a safe jack to lift the tractor in the event of a lifting ram failure, rather than supporting the tractor with an unstable block selection when changing wheels.

Safe jack

© Stephen Stockdale

The jack is slightly shorter than the tractor’s axle, so you only need to lift the wheel 10 to 15 cm before it leaves the ground. This means that if the jack breaks down, the tractor will fall a short distance and rest safely as if it were on an axle stand.

Charlie Smith Log Splitter

Charlie Smith took advantage of the old hydraulic ram by incorporating it from Shah Grab into a homemade log splitter.

The framework was manufactured using steel purchased at a local auction, the beam was made in RSJ length and the base was made from a 200mm box section.

Log splitter

© Charles Smith

Fitting the tractor through a linkage recovered from an old max scraper, Smith used a faceplate to create a split wedge. Thanks to its sturdy base, the splitter can be used on its own and has a long hydraulic pipe to connect to the right machine.

The split platform is set to the height of the potato box, so you can easily populate the box with split logs and have the loader ready to add them to your cart. Operate using a safety spring type hydraulic valve. A local mechanic made a hydraulic hose.

Daniel Roberts ATV Carrier

Daniel Roberts has built a neat ATV carrier for the front linkage of the Fendt 516. This helped streamline the process of moving inventory off land.

ATV carrier

© Daniel Roberts

The carrier frame is made of angled steel supplied from an old pylon and has a simple sidebar that has been removed to allow the ATV to operate. As the tractor linkage lifts the frame, the spacing between the angle steel slats on the base causes the quad wheels to drop slightly and hold in place.

Iain Reid Wrap Holder

Bute contractor Iain Reid has created a bale wrap holder for the rear link arm of the John Deere 6110 tractor, allowing it to cover more ground without having to return to the farm to procure supplies. ..

Wrap holder

© Iain Reid

He used a few bits of angle steel at both ends to connect the frame of the old Atkinson lime spreader roller to the link arm above the drawbar of the McHale wrapper. Next, four 100mm pipes of length were installed vertically to slide the roll. It took hours to make and it didn’t cost anything.

Dan Hicks Applicator Carrier

Bristol-based Dan Hicks has created a carrier for the Logic pellet applicator. This allowed us to ship two additional bags to the field, saving us time and money in hiring a contractor.

Applicator carrier

© Dan Hicks

The headstock was born as an unused 1.2m backlake, and the rest of the frame was made of metal around the garden. His only expense was £ 40 for a wheel that was easy to handle. He can put three bags in the hopper and two more in the tray. This is perfect for the size of his farm.

James Ship Wide Road Sign

James Shipp has created an adjustable width sign on the front of the John Deere 6910. This warns oncoming vehicles, reflecting the size of the machinery behind. It featured three or more flashing beacons, along with additional work lights, and was finished by licking yellow paint.

Wide road sign

© James Ship

Jake Northern Oil Drain Pan

Spilled engine oil is a thing of the past for Jake Northern in Radwell, Hertfordshire, thanks to the free-flowing drain pan.

He found that a standard 10-liter bucket was incapable of changing tractor oil and filters and needed to be carefully placed under the sump plug to prevent messy spills.

Oil drain pan

© Jake Northern

His solution was made from 1,000 liters of IBC and hacked to a height of 30 cm using a 9-inch angle grinder, providing a capacity of about 150 liters. He then cabled some wire mesh to the top to form a drainage board for the filter.

It fits comfortably under a tractor, atomizer or combine, is light enough to be dragged by hand when empty, and easily moved by a forklift when full. The built-in faucet is easy to drain and can be stacked on top of other IBCs when not in use.

Jack Couleman’s front linkage box

Jack Couleman, son of a 14-year-old farmer in Wisbeck, Cambridgeshire, created a steel frame to carry a storage box taken from a Dewolf potato harvester.

The frame is made of a combination of angle steel and box section steel and includes a sleeve for storing the telehandler fork for easy attachment and detachment.

© Jack Kooreman

Notable features include LED marker lights, four orange strobe lights flashing, and a pair of work lights controlled by a box switch. All of these are wired to a 7-pin plug, so they turn on when the tractor side lights are on.

Kooreman also created a grease gun holder on the back. This includes a blank nipple to prevent the edges of the coupling from fluttering and damaging.

Philip Harvey Log Splitter

After the retro Massey Ferguson 20 tiny square baler decided to bale his own needle, Wiltshire-based Philip Harvey gave him an unlikely Second Life by turning it into a log splitter.

He stripped it off, leaving only the gearbox and hydraulic ram from the bale chamber, and set out to install an electric motor and 31-1 ratio gearbox from the old rolling road to replace the original pto and flywheel. ..

Log splitter

© Phillip Harvey

Harvey states that this is primarily for safety and means that the operator can stop the machine without moving from its loading position.

He then mounted the ram, motor, and gearbox on top of the old bale chamber so that it was at a comfortable height for splitting. An angled steel of some length was added so that the logs could be placed before the ram finally pushed the wood into the split blade.

Harvey has split logs up to 75 cm in the past, but settled on 60 cm for ease of use.

Gerald Brown Loader Tractor Box

Cornish’s small homegrown Gerald Brown has a simple and convenient wooden box for the Ferguson T20 loader tractor. His first iteration lasted 17 years and he wants the same from the new 1.8m version. It is used for all kinds of carts and transportation operations. It does more work than any other tool with a small holding, he says.

Loader tractor box

© Gerald Brown

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Invention Comp 2021: Nifty Tractor Attachments and Add-ons

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