2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Swivel Stand" Speeds Gate-Making
To make the job easier, he made a simple "swivel stand" that allows him to rotate the gate like a paddle wheel.
"It lets me quickly turn the gate over without having to do any lifting," says Klindt.
The swivel stand consists of a pair of rake wheels that serve as stands, with a 3 1/2-ft. high vertical steel pipe mounted to each wheel hub. A 1-ft. long horizontal rod is welded to the top of the pipe and is fitted with a large pillow block bearing. A C-clamp is used to fasten each end of the gate onto the bearing, at a point half way up the gate.
"It's a simple idea but it works great," says Klindt. "I've used it to make a lot of gates and even a portable alleyway. The gate is so well balanced on the bearing that it feels like it weighs hardly anything. The gates I make are 12-ft. long, but I think this idea could be used to make almost any size gate."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roy Klindt, Box 154, Crane Valley, Sask., Canada S0H 1B0 (ph 306 475-2225).
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