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WORKSHOP SKILLS

Ag engineers branch out into high-spec custom work

Be it a nifty tool fashioned out of scrap metal or a high-tech implement made from top-flight components, the innovation and quality of workmanship in UK agricultural engineering is second…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Wiltshire contractor builds one-of-a-kind bale chaser

A majority of the machinery knocked together in a farm workshop has a certain rustic charm that comes from putting it in the field before applying the finishing touches. Not…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Contractors change JCB Hydradig to self-propelled hedgecutter

JCB's alternative take on a traditional wheeled digger, the Hydradig 110W, has found favour with contractors looking for a versatile tool for farm maintenance operations. Rather than being limited to…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Remote-control tractor wins FW's 2021 Inventions Competition

Complex category winner Tom Beach’s remote-controlled tractor Tom Beach’s clever remote-controlled tractor and broccoli harvesting trailer is this year’s complex category winner. The 23-year-old agricultural engineering student works part-time on…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Hydrogen-based cleaning kits get old engines running smoothly

A system for clearing carbon deposits from coked-up engines is now being offered by a Warwickshire firm as an on-farm service. Hydrogen cleaning has been used in the automotive industry…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farm inventions: Andrew Burt's winching and towing kit

Farmers Weekly’s annual Farm Inventions Competition has unearthed all manner of innovative and resourceful machines built in workshops the length and breadth of the country. These range from cheap-and-cheerful tools…

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WORKSHOP SKILLS

Top tips for upping the quality of workshop projects

Every year, the Farm Inventions Competition unearths a horde of impressive workshop builds that provide ingenious answers to some of agriculture’s recurring conundrums. Traditionally, farmers and contractors have sketched out…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Railway fencing safety: What livestock farmers need to know

Figures produced by Network Rail in 2019 show that incidents involved more than 800 animals through the year. Of these, about 80 were struck by trains. The downtime caused by…

FARM MAINTENANCE

6 tips to minimise problems with blocked fuel filters

Farmers across the UK are continuing to report problems with blocked fuel filters in tractors and other farm vehicles. An increase in fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) blend component for…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How to avoid costly claims for rodent damage to machinery

Damage to stored machinery and equipment caused by rodents can be very costly. Individual insurance claims in excess of £20,000 are not unusual, and if insurance doesn't cover rodent damage,…

ARABLE

How to establish, manage and rejuvenate hedgerows

Healthy hedges are a lifeline for wildlife, providing food and habitat, including for many of the birds within the Farmland Bird Index as well as for priority mammal species in…

TOOLS

Top tips for chainsaw chain and guide bar maintenance

When a chainsaw is running on point, it will effortlessly buzz through a piece of timber while the operator gently guides it in the desired direction. This is very pleasing…

Machinery maintenance

TRACTORS

22-year-old Fendt Favorit 515C gets £15k revamp

The allure of a new, top-spec tractor might win over many farmers and contractors, but Matthew Barnett has considerably more time for older machines with a proven track record. He…

FARM MAINTENANCE

6 tips to minimise problems with blocked fuel filters

Farmers across the UK are continuing to report problems with blocked fuel filters in tractors and other farm vehicles. An increase in fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) blend component for…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Farmers report more problems with blocked tractor fuel filters

Urgent action must be taken to resolve ongoing problems with blocked fuel filters in tractors and other farm machinery, NFU Scotland says. The union has reported that once again farmers…

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Workshop skills

WORKSHOP SKILLS

£2,550 up for grabs in FW's annual Farm Inventions Comp

It’s time for another season of Farmers Weekly’s long-running Farm Inventions Competition. With a back catalogue containing thousands of ingenious ideas, there’s nowhere better to read about workshop builds that have…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Top tips for upping the quality of workshop projects

Every year, the Farm Inventions Competition unearths a horde of impressive workshop builds that provide ingenious answers to some of agriculture’s recurring conundrums. Traditionally, farmers and contractors have sketched out…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Ag engineers branch out into high-spec custom work

Be it a nifty tool fashioned out of scrap metal or a high-tech implement made from top-flight components, the innovation and quality of workmanship in UK agricultural engineering is second…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Wiltshire contractor builds one-of-a-kind bale chaser

A majority of the machinery knocked together in a farm workshop has a certain rustic charm that comes from putting it in the field before applying the finishing touches. Not…

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WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Conversion turns Discovery into off-road milk float

Charles Kinston’s off-road milk float took third place in the simple category of the Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition. Mr Kinston, a dairy farmer from Burton on Trent, is doing his…

MACHINERY

15 tools we wouldn't be without: Part one

Intro Inverter Welder Coolant Tester Bead breaker LED lamp Magnetic tray Like a favourite pair of slippers, most people have a few firm favourites on their tool rack (or kicking…

MACHINERY

Video: 15 tools we wouldn't be without - part 2

Intro Clever spanner Ratchet wrench Retrieval tool Nifty water pipe tools We’ve been asking a few of our machinery-minded contributors to nominate their favourite get-out-of-a-fix bits of workshop kit. In…

TOOLS

Video: 20 handy workshop tools, gadgets and knick-knacks

Having the right tool, gadget or knick-knack at hand can take some stress out of the most frustrating farm tasks. Here the Farmers Weekly Machinery team presents 20 potential gems…

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