DES MOINES, Iowa Wellington farmer Bob Jackson has been awarded a $2,500 certificate from Firestone Farm Tires for having the Idea of the Month in Successful Farming magazine's "All Around The Farm" monthly feature.
No sooner had he sold his big track hoe with a thumb did Jackson and his son, Dale, begin work on a new thumb attachment for Bob's backhoe. What they ended up with was an upgrade, especially in ease of use.
"The old thumb was rigid and had to be pinned in position," says Dale, who lives in Wakeman.
Bob estimated he spent about $900 on the project. Dale ordered many of the parts online from a hydraulic surplus store. When not in use, the thumb is about 90-percent open and out of the way.