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Shop Floor Tie Downs
When John Michael built a new farm shop on his farm near McCune, Kan., he included eight tie down chains in his shop floor. He uses the tie downs, spaced at 6 to 12-ft. intervals, to straighten out bent equipment. When a disk frame or combine head gets out of whack, he chains it to the floor and uses a hydraulic jack to straighten it out.
Michael made the tie-downs by welding pieces of 3/8-in. chain link to 12-in. dia. metal disc and burying them in the floor when it was poured. The short pieces of chain are threaded up through short pieces of 3-in. pipe, also buried in the floor. A 3-in. dia. metal disc, welded to the upper end of each chain, fits back over each of the pipes imbedded in the floor. The small discs cover the hole made by the pipe and are recessed so Michael can easily sweep over them. When he needs to use the tie-downs, he pulls the discs up with a magnet and grabs the chain. He then hooks log chains to the tie-downs to straighten equipment.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #2