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As I've been replacing things and accumulating a store of wear and maintenance parts, I am finding that I probably need to put some kind of organization system in place.

Right now I just have one Gravely, but we all know that will eventually change :)

What do you guys do for keeping parts organized? Some of you guys seem to have a lot of machines and parts around.
 

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I just have a shelf rack in my barn with cardboard boxes with parts in them. Some of them are even labeled :)
 

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I keep parts in labeled cardboard boxes. The medium and large USPS flat rate boxes seem about the right size. Generally I will group parts together. For example:

Kohler Ignition and Carb parts,
30" mower deck shafts, nuts, rollers
bearings
seals
cultivator and plow parts
5000 transmission parts
Ignition switches, warning lamps, and fuses
etc

All are in separate boxes on shelves. I had 4 shelves and just added two more 5' shelves.
 

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A good thing to use is the big metal bolt bin rack you see in a mechanic shop with 70 some compartments . Also I got a couple dozen grey plastic shipping boxes with the fold down lids,they are about 10"x14" and 10" deep and they are stack able.You have to have self discipline to do this BUT it makes things a lot easier and less confusing. Be sure to put stuff in them and don't procrastinate or its lost in the land of Gravely parts gone missing ! I need the map to that land.
 

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(hitching up pants and putting on my best Barney Fife voice) Weeeellll, what you need hear is a organizing system built on discipline, diligence and detail. That's ol' Barn's 3 D's of organizin' success. It ain't easy and not every man can handle it like I can. Now, repeat after me: "Discipline!", "Diligence!", "Detail!". I CAN'T HEAR YOU! Good, that's better. Now, as a highly trained law enforcement officer I have an advantage over the regular man so to me it's second nature. You may find it hard at first but with some practice even you can make it work. Just repeat to yourself the 3 D's every time you have some parts to put away...every body now, "Discipline!" "Diligence" "Detail!"
(at this point Andy mercifully comes in and puts a stop to the tomfoolery by saying something real homey like, "Well, now, Barn that's quite a system you've got there...say, everyone, let's go to Mt Pilot")
 

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(hitching up pants and putting on my best Barney Fife voice) Weeeellll, what you need hear is a organizing system built on discipline, diligence and detail. That's ol' Barn's 3 D's of organizin' success. It ain't easy and not every man can handle it like I can. Now, repeat after me: "Discipline!", "Diligence!", "Detail!". I CAN'T HEAR YOU! Good, that's better. Now, as a highly trained law enforcement officer I have an advantage over the regular man so to me it's second nature. You may find it hard at first but with some practice even you can make it work. Just repeat to yourself the 3 D's every time you have some parts to put away...every body now, "Discipline!" "Diligence" "Detail!"
(at this point Andy mercifully comes in and puts a stop to the tomfoolery by saying something real homey like, "Well, now, Barn that's quite a system you've got there...say, everyone, let's go to Mt Pilot")
Now that's funny!:thThumbsU
 

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I rely on a chronogravimetric organization system in most areas of my life. It handles filing (or is it piling) pretty well. The longer ago I used it, the lower it will be in the piles!
 

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Since I buy hardware by the box, I have a small shelf with nuts and washers on it. I am slowly migrating to a small heavy duty drawers in a cabinet. What will happen is that the odd fasteners (jam nuts, set screws, etc) will be on the shelf with the common stuff (self locking nuts, flat and lock washers, etc.) in drawers.
 

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"chronogravimetric" - that's the same system used in the dirty clothes hamper...I figure if the wrenchin' pants are deep enough down there, the dirt has mostly rubbed off on the other clothes and I can wear them again.
 

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I keep most of my Gravely parts in a schoolbus....
Hee, hee. (I am from MS so I can say this. Do NOT attempt this type of humor if you are from north of TN)

I guess in AL you probably have any number of "parts storage vehicles" up on cinder blocks in your front yard.

School bus for Gravely parts, El Camino for Ford parts, Camaro for Case parts, Nova for JD parts, and the trunk of an old Lincoln makes a great toolbox.

I wonder what the best kind of parts are for holding up pink flamingos?

:biglaugh:
 

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The trick to any parts system is to put the least used items on a top shelf. The more commonly used items (oil and filters) should be easy to reach. Labelling helps a lot.

The phrase "Be specific Bob" comes to mind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfyTSjsBSXQ

Those Brother label makers are good. Lots of room on the side of a box to properly inventory stuff. Being specific helps a lot. "Transmission Parts" does not hack it. "8000 trans parts" is better.

Being specific ends that "Which box did I put that oil filter adapter for the L tractor?"

Is it in the box labeled "L engine parts", "Used L parts", "Oil filters", or something else?
 

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