|water supply fitting for hose reel|
the tractors have gotten bigger, and that worked for the initial operation, but at this point i've got a whole new set of implements, and i really don't want to spend much on them, and that means welding.
with the hose reel, which is what it sounds like -- a giant wheel with hose on it and a system to wind it back on the reel -- what i had to do was do an inventory of the stuff that i inherited with the farm. i found 1000' of hose in two 500' lengths, with one kind of connector on it, and the hose reel had another. How do you connect the two?
Welding. a local farm supply store had the fittings, and i welded the bits together to connect the water/manure supply to the hose reel, and then looked at the other end. the sprayer end is basically a small water cannon, and i found on on craigslist for $250 (they sell for $500 or so new) and picked it up to find out that the mount on the hose reel wasn't the same as the cannon. $8 in pipe parts and 20 minutes of grinding and welding and i screwed the new cannon on the old reel.
At this point i have enough equipment and enough activity that there's something to weld, either to fabricate or repair, every few days. and a welding setup on the farm means that when something does break it's down for a half hour, not several hours or several days waiting for parts, or for a repair shop.
my welds at this point aren't very pretty - working on that - but i'm sure that practice will make perfect.
|rust ground off, ready to weld|