Know How / Farm maintenance

Maintenance on the farm is essential to keep the place looking tidy and make sure machinery and buildings are in the best shape they can be.

So, if it’s chainsaws, strimmers and fencing gear, or clothing, tools or padlocks, we try out the latest products on the market and pick out handy items that make life in the workshop a little easier.

Key areas of focus:

  • Keeping your big machinery running smoothly
  • Maintenance of farm premises, fences and buildings
  • Best power tools to use in the workshop
  • Honing your workshop skills
  • Farmer machinery and gadget inventions

Case studies

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FARM MAINTENANCE

Ram pump slashes mains water cost for Devon farm

Tinder-dry conditions through late spring and early summer have brought about the unlikely return of an age-old method of water storage using hydraulic ram pumps. Cornish company Water Powered Technologies…

MUCKSPREADERS

Farm-built dribble bar improves contractor's slurry accuracy

It wasn’t that long ago that slurry was considered a nuisance rather than a commodity, constantly threatening to overwhelm the lagoons and towers built to contain it. But as on-farm…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

How clever mobile cow mast helps improve beef breeding

Cumbrian farmer Edward Dean has built a portable mast to help transfer valuable performance-monitoring data from his Limousin herd in the field back to the farm’s computer. The rolling hills…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farmer saves cash by 3D printing parts for home-built drill

Farm workshops are a brilliant starting point for heavy-metal machinery projects but, for inventions requiring delicate components, there’s inevitably a point at which home-builders have to resort to buying bits…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Farmer builds ingenious twin-chamber double square baler

Keen to increase the pedestrian pace of small-bale hay production, Virginia farmer Rusty Inskeep designed and built a baling system that almost tripled the farm’s output. The slick setup allows…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Seasoned inventor reveals his niftiest farm creations

When it comes to ingenuity and resourcefulness, farmers seem to be in a league of their own. And if the annual Farmers Weekly Farm Inventions competition is anything to go…

Practical advice

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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…

FARM MAINTENANCE

How to make fence posts on farms last longer

Preservative-treated timber fence posts have developed a pretty dire reputation over the past decade or so. Countless farmers have shelled out thousands for these products, gone to the expense of…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Managing welding fumes on farms – all you need to know

Farm businesses must now understand and mitigate the health and safety risks associated with fumes produced during welding and other metalwork tasks to protect the long-term health and wellbeing of…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Workshop heaters: The options and the rules

Winter is a prime time for repairs, maintenance, modifying or making pieces of equipment that will make life easier when fieldwork picks up again. But the thought of spending long,…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

John Deere tractors: Common problems and how to fix them

Tractors have a habit of breaking down at the most inconvenient moment. Independent mechanic Lee Morley takes a look at John Deere models, offers a few tips to reduce the…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Case and New Holland tractors: How to fix common problems

Tractors are a major expenditure on the farm, and breakdowns can leave you with a big mechanic's bill. There are some ways, however, that you can try to avoid costly…

Machinery maintenance

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Don't re-end blown hydraulic hoses to save cash, says expert

Farmers have been warned about the dangers of cutting costs by re-ending blown hydraulic hoses themselves. Pinhole leaks in pipework can eject fluid at speeds in excess of 180m/sec, which…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

New ceramic coating helps farm kit keep showroom sparkle

Tractor-proud farmers looking to keep their kit in sparkling condition can now order a paint-protecting film to prevent rust, scratches and UV fade for up to five years. Unlike vinyl…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

UTV Products unveils new LED worklight range

Brighter illumination for telehandlers, forklifts and front-mounted attachments is promised by UTV Products' latest range of LED lights. The UTV332 lamps have a dual-beam setup that enables both high and…

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Workshop skills

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Cash prizes on offer in FW’s 2021 Inventions Competition

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

Managing welding fumes on farms – all you need to know

Farm businesses must now understand and mitigate the health and safety risks associated with fumes produced during welding and other metalwork tasks to protect the long-term health and wellbeing of…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Workshop heaters: The options and the rules

Winter is a prime time for repairs, maintenance, modifying or making pieces of equipment that will make life easier when fieldwork picks up again. But the thought of spending long,…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

John Deere tractors: Common problems and how to fix them

Tractors have a habit of breaking down at the most inconvenient moment. Independent mechanic Lee Morley takes a look at John Deere models, offers a few tips to reduce the…

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Video

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MACHINERY

Video: Fitting tractor air brakes

Fitting air to your tractor How does the system work? Optional extras Plumbing up a trailer with air-brakes might be almost as simple as tying your laces, but it’s a…

MACHINERY

Video: Getting the best from a Horsch Pronto

  Our series which sets out to advise users on how to get the best from their machinery continues with a look at the Horsch Pronto drill – a Pronto…

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…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Time-saving feeding and bedding kit inventions

Clever feeding and bedding kit is helping livestock farmers shave hours off their daily routine. We've picked out some of the best ones from the many entries to our 2020…

Insights

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