2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Handy ROPS-Mounted Tool Holder
Lundstrom operates a small hobby farm with free-range chickens. “Coyotes will occasionally snatch up chickens, and I often see them while working in the field,” he says. “I tried carrying a gun with me so I could pick them off, but it either got banged up or, if I put it on my lap, made the tractor hard to operate. I searched online but couldn’t find anything that looked like it would work for me.
“I realized I’d also like to be able to carry shovels, axes and other long-handled tools.”
The rifle and tool holder is made mostly from steel tubing and flat steel. It clamps onto one side of the ROPS with 4 bolts. The tool is held in place by plastic ratchet-type clamps similar to ones that bolt onto an ATV rack. The base is a length of tubing with a slot cut into it. “The combination of the ratchet-type clamp and the slot in the base keeps everything secure. I’ve plowed and disked with tools in the holder but never had anything bounce out,” says Lundstrom.
He sells plans for his tool holder for $14.95. Just go to the www.gizmoplans.com website and type in “tool holder”.
He uses the tool holder on his Kubota L4600 50 hp. tractor, but says the detailed instructions make it easy to alter to fit other tractors with different size ROPS. “All the information you need to build the holder is included with the plan, as well as purchased items that you need and their parts numbers,” notes Lundstrom.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Pat Lundstrom, 11765 Clark Rd., Floodwood, Minn. 55736 (ph 218 476-2670; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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