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I have subscribed to 11 magazines, of which 9 have something to do with farming. The only one I'm savouring from cover to cover is Practical Farm Ideas. The fact that these ideas are from collegues in a somehow similar situation, that they have been realised under farm workshop conditions and have really proven their usefulness in the daily challenge of practical farming, gives your magazine a value I have never found anywhere before. I think your publication should be a must for any farmer who has more in his toolbox than a hammer, chisel and vice grip!

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82 Vol 21-2 Aug - Nov 2012

Price £3.85

This issue was mailed to subscribers Aug 1 and is on sale in selected rural stores on Thursday Aug 9.


Quad bike theft: having lost three to local scallies, our contributor fitted an electronic lock to the ignition, locked and unlocked using a coded plastic tag which everyone who is supposed to ride has on them. Added safety (kids) and security.

Grain drying fan costs halved: he used to have a Lister but complaints about the noise increased. There was insufficient electric supply, so he bought a MOT failure Isuzu 4x4 and used the engine and gearbox. Not only is it quiet, fuel costs, unbelievably, are halved.

Grass spiker: this 3m wide machine cost virtually nothing other than time - and a broken Vicon power harrow

Wire reeler: leading out barbed or high tensile wire is easy with this converted wheelbarrow.

Combine harvester service box:  carry spare belts; drums of oil; replacement parts and components; tools etc - all the stuff you normally have in the back of the Land Rover - in this home built secure steel box which is moved using the headers lugs on the combine.

Tractor external brakes: does your tractor apply the trailer brakes before the tractor, so keeping them in line.

Giant log splitter: splitting 3ft logs makes easy cross-cutting on the saw bench

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