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"Swivel Stand" Speeds Gate-Making
Roy Klindt, Crane Valley, Sask., occasionally builds gates out of 1 1/4-in. steel tubing for use on his ranch. In the past, after he was done framing the gate he would mount the cross bars, latches and hinges on one side of it and then turn it over so he could work on the other side.
  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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2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1