2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #42[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Log Splitter Cover Made From Pickup Topper
“It really looks nice and makes an ideal weather top in any season,” says Martin.
He built the 2-wheeled splitter trailer many years ago, mounting a homemade wedge on an I-beam that’s welded solid to a car axle and wheels. He also welded a 2-in. ball coupler on front of the I-beam and a jackstand on back.
He bought the pickup topper at an auction for $5. He used angle iron to make the hinge that attaches the topper to the splitter. The front side of the topper rests on the I-beam just behind the wedge, with an aluminum bar bolted across the topper to provide reinforcement. A cable connects the topper to the base of the splitter cylinder and keeps the topper from going back too far as it’s lifted out of the way. A board serves as a prop to keep the topper from accidentally falling forward.
“I came up with the idea because the tarp I was using got to be a nuisance. I think old pickup toppers could be used to cover many different kinds of equipment. They sell for little or nothing at auctions and have a lot of potential uses. I’ve seen people use them as doghouses and even to build ice fishing shelters.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Martin, 6928 State Route 734, Jamestown, Ohio 45335 (ph 937 675-2386; email@example.com).
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