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September 15, I960 o A \ A IS m F S S BILL JONES, Pondera county, has $3, 100 tied up in the 28 by 48-foot steel build ing that houses his farm shop. The building would have cost him around $800 more if he had hired someone to erect it and pour the concrete floor. But rather than just an expense or con venience, Jones regards his workshop as an important money-saving part of his farming and ranching operation. Our shop makes it possible to double the life of an implement," he says. "The savings on just two engine overhauls paid for the interest on the investment. Jones is farming 1,700 acres and running 110 head of beef cows. His machinery in vestment has a cash value of only $14,000. He's farming with a 1950 model tractor that has a cash value of just $1,200. It does the same amount of work as a new $6,000 tractor, he says. a Use Time Profitably In addition to being able to keep his equipment in A-l condition, Jones says he saves the time and expense of having to haul his machinery 25 miles to town for re pair work. The shop also makes it possible for him to use his time profitably during slack seasons. We save time on small repair jobs that . come up during the farming season and save money on major jobs that are done in , the fall after harvest," he explains. Aside from the purely economic value of the shop, it makes another significant contribution to the operation. Jones says he gets a considerable amount of personal satisfaction from doing his own repair and maintenance work and a great deal of pleas ure from improvising tools and parts. Extra Power Unit There was an old combine on the ranch when he moved on the place which wasn't worth anything as a trade-in and was too far gone to repair. Jones and his hired man, Beider Neckstad, overhauled the engine and mounted it on a PTO baler. Now they can operate the baler with a small tractor, releasing the larger tractor for other work. But since a baler is used only two months a year, many growers prefer a PTO model so a mounted engine isn't idle for 10 months. Jones has gotten around this by mounting the engine in such a way that it can be easily removed and used for oper ating a pump, portable arc welder, or for other power jobs around the ranch. For a total of $27 Jones built a 3,400 pound portable hoist that does the work of a $60 chain hoist, but it is far more versa tile since it can be moved around to var ious locations in the shop. When they removed the engine from the combine, they loaded the hoist in the back of the pickup and hooked on to the engine, then backed it into the shop and gently lowered it on to the work bench. The portable hoist makes it unnecessary to have a heavy, expensive over-head beam in the shop to support a chain hoist. Homemade Tools A truck air brakes compressor, a 5-gal lon water tank and a second hand motor were assembled into an efficient air com pressor for a total investment of $50. The outfit is used for inflating tires, cleaning engine parts and painting. (Continued on Page 20) Li tik WYOMING A N D MORT H E R N COVERS MONTANA :• W: P I : ;: V ■ il V ' ..... :'•••' f ■M. i 1 1 % i \ \ 1: m .r f M : * wm i I : M I >• [ x •r xv : ::P" l''* ■ri •V vv ^ •••V? v ■ > •: With his well-equipped farm shop, Bill Jones doubles the life of his machinery by keeping it in top con dition and saves additional money by being able to profitably use his own time during slack seasons. In addition to machinery repair, the shop is a convenient place to build loading chutes, gates and feed troughs. (MF-S photos) .< Wm / %« IK wm . „ * -*L, ■ -, > kefyjA heat c&st-pnice Aquzeje x e • • By RAY OZMON, Field Editor m A? : > ' ■*, X;. ■;>x fil x X î i ; x - ■'■'■'i ià ■; : • I;; . j ■ h M: H Rebuilt engine, salvaged from an old combine, is mounted on a PTO baler. The engine was lifted from the work bench with the portable hoist and moved to the baler. Pipe and casters for the hoist cost $10. Front wheels are old ball bearing races. The wench cost $17. The outfit does the work of a $60 chain hoist.