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Reader Shares His Shop Ideas
I built a handy device to organize tools above my welding table, says Hastings, Minn., farmer Robert Bauer. I put a barn door hinge on one end of a 30-in. piece of 2 by 4 and screwed the other part of the hinge to the wall. The 2 by 4 has a power strip on it along with hooks to hold all of my grinders. I frequently use several grinders when Im building something, so this way, theyre all hanging right in front of me and plugged in. I put a bungee cord on both sides so the hanger can swing both ways, and I can adjust it anywhere I want.
Bauer has an upper level in his shop that he uses for storage and says, I cant always carry heavy items up 12 steps, so I built an elevator out of the 3-stage lifting mechanism from the front of an old Hyster forklift. I rescued the old rig when it was heading for the junkyard. I removed the hydraulic lift mechanism and made brackets for the back so I could weld it to a 16-in. steel post embedded in my shop floor. I use an electric motor to run the hydraulic pump and control it with a handheld switch. Bauer shortened the forks to 20-in long and welded the vertical back portions to the outside of the lift arms. The 24-in. deep by 48-in. wide lift platform is made of plate steel. The lift capacity is probably 2,000 lbs. or more, and its rock solid, without any sway or movement, Bauer says.
For projects where he needs to sit down, Bauer made a sturdy wheeled dolly. Ive probably got the only shop dolly in the country made from the seat and part of the gearcase from a Farmall F-20, Bauer says. The tractor was wrecked and not worth repairing, so I cut away the gearcase and seat, then made an angle iron frame with mounting points for the casters.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Bauer, 10162 160th St. E., Hastings, Minn. 55033.

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