A local farmer has designed and marketed a new quick pin for unhooking a tractor from a baler.
Blake Chance from Mayetta, Kansas, recently created The Quick-Pin which is being manufactured by Industrial Chrome in Topeka. Chance grew up on a farm where they raised cow-calf pairs.
“The idea for The Quick-Pin came one night after a bearing went out on our baler,” Chance said. “This made me worry about how I would ever get my tractor unhooked from the baler fast enough if a fire were to happen. I designed a prototype on a paper plate at a family party. I had my cousin make my first prototype in the spring of 2019.”
After a few modifications, the second prototype was made which became the pin he is now selling.
The Quick-Pin can be easily used for one man operations to release the pin by letting the shaft fall through the hitch after the pressure has been released.
He said customers can customize the pins with a logo to help show off and promote their business or group.
Chance is currently a junior at Kansas State University where he is majoring in Agribusiness with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
He took his first entrepreneurship class in 2019 and wrote up a business plan for the product he had. He then entered it into the KSU Launch Competition where he became a finalist and took third place.
The Quick-Pin is currently being sold at Tarwater Farm & Home, Wege’s Feed Store, Grainfield Supply Inc. and GRS Garrett Ranch Supply in Kansas. He said they are currently hoping to expand the product to other dealers.
“I want to be able to expand the line across Kansas and even into other states,” Chance said.
In addition, the product can be sold to individual agricultural operations.