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See how these handy farmers and acreage owners get the job done with their ATVs.
  • Auger-moving ATV

    Shae Schneder of Ohio uses his farm's ATV to push out the auger's swingout and pull it back out from under their semitrailers. They made a tow bar from 2 seed corn signposts. The posts have holes running the entire length, which make it adjustable. This saves back strain.

    Date Published: September 11, 2012
    Date Updated: September 11, 2012
  • Angled blade ends

    Kansas farmer Wayne Hopkins designed angled ends for his blade. They’re easy to put on and take off, too. He can use the blade with only one end angled at a time since they angle individually. Straighten or angle each end just by removing clips. He uses it to push snow and manure, and to level our gravel lane.

    Date Published: September 11, 2012
    Date Updated: September 11, 2012
  • Saw while seated

    Nebraska farmer Edward Heggemeyer used an 18-hp. gas motor that runs a hydraulic pump to power an orbit motor. The 16-inch blade is fastened to a hydraulic cylinder that pushes it out & away from the ATV. Another cylinder lifts the blade up & down. This saw works best for cutting 3-foot trees or smaller.

    Date Published: September 11, 2012
    Date Updated: September 11, 2012
  • Ramp it up

    Roger Johnson of Chandler, Minnesota, was tired of opening gates to check cattle. He built ramps from old round bale feeders and used pieces of elevator auger flighting, and placed them between sections of fencing, flush on either side, exactly the width of his ATV. Though it leaves a gap in his fencing, Johnson says the ramp's height gives it a similar function to a cattle guard. "The height is 14 inches above the ground, so the cows will not cross it," he says.

    Date Published: September 11, 2012
    Date Updated: September 11, 2012
  • Calf catcher

    A spring-loaded front gate closes and locks when Arnold Graybill releases a lever just right of the steering.

    The enclosure protects the person tagging a calf or doing vet work. With this calf catcher, Graybill says tagging can be a one-person job, if necessary. 

    Date Published: September 11, 2012
    Date Updated: September 11, 2012
  • ATV buckets

    "I was tired of buckets of feed sliding on my ATV, so I came up with a simple device, says Ohio acreage owner R.P. "Nail or screw three bucket lids to a piece of plywood and set the buckets on the lids to prevent them from sliding. The plywood is held in place by a pin."

    Date Published: September 11, 2012
    Date Updated: September 11, 2012

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