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

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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…

FARM MAINTENANCE

2017 Farm Inventions competition: Complex category

This year’s complex category in the Farm Inventions Competition offered up some high-tech items that required a serious level of planning and workmanship. Our contenders include a brace of drilling…

2017 Farm Inventions competition: Intermediate category

This year’s intermediate category in the Farm Inventions Competition showed up lots of clever creations that involved top-quality metalwork or simple hydraulic systems. We had a particularly strong batch of…

Practical advice

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FARM MAINTENANCE

Buyers guide to 6m-reach hedgecutters

Farmers have found themselves under pressure to fit hedgecutting into a relatively short window around other time-pressured arable tasks, so having an implement that is fit for the job is…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Tips to get the perfect solar-powered electric fence setup

Putting an end to the monotonous charging and distribution of electric fencer batteries would be a boon for any livestock farmer. So, it’s no surprise that interest in solar-powered energisers…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Ultimate guide on how to install a farm weighbridge

There are many reasons a farm business would want to weigh product moving in and out of the yard, from simply recording crop yields of individual fields to getting the…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

What coronavirus means for kit orders, spares and servicing

Mass factory closures and the lockdown of more than one-quarter of the world's population may have sent world economies into a whirlwind, but farm machinery manufacturers are doing everything they…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Tips for maintaining a Fendt 700-series tractor

Few tractors hold their value quite like a 700-series Fendt, and even when the hour clock has clicked to five figures, they can still have price tags of more than…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Two options for levelling your yard this winter

Laying a few road planings and pushing them around with a digger might keep you busy for a few winter days, but getting it done professionally to laser accuracy could…

Machinery maintenance

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

How to maintain your trailer brakes

About three-quarters of trailers with hydraulic brakes fail dealer tests while a quarter of these offer no stopping power whatsoever. Often put on a pedestal as the answer to all…

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

How to get a big square baler ready for the new season

It is important to spend time in the workshop with any piece of harvest kit before setting out to the field – but arguably especially so for baler operators. Lose a window…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

What coronavirus means for kit orders, spares and servicing

Mass factory closures and the lockdown of more than one-quarter of the world's population may have sent world economies into a whirlwind, but farm machinery manufacturers are doing everything they…

MACHINERY

Tilly and NFU Mutual team up for trailer safety drive

Rural insurer NFU Mutual has teamed up with the Tilly Your Trailer to promote its trailer safety campaign. Tilly Your Trailer is an 18-point inspection procedure and certificate aimed at…

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Workshop skills

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Irrigation ramp keeps water flowing and traffic moving

A Lincolnshire-based engineering firm has developed a novel solution for routing irrigation pipe across busy roadways without halting traffic.  JH and W Skinns was enlisted by a local farmer to…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Heavy-duty winch invention provides monster pulling power

Andrew Burt’s heavy-duty winch was highly commended in the complex category of the Farmers Weekly Farm Inventions Competition. After an attempt to lower his wind turbine to the ground resulted…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Innovative tractor attachments that help save time and money

Several inventive tractor attachments, entered into the 2020 Farmers Weekly Farm Inventions Competition, have helped resourceful farmers reduce work hours and expenses. See some of the best, including Tom Jefferies…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Smart farm maintenance inventions on a budget

The Farmers Weekly 2020 Farm Inventions Competition featured some smartly made farm equipment, such as a powered gravel cart, home-built flat-bed trailer and a nifty two-way log splitter. Robert Wright’s…

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MACHINERY

Simple but effective trailer brake upgrades (part 2)

One in five farm trailers have brakes that fail to pull them up within the legal stopping limit. In the second of a two part series, Nick Fone and Oliver…

MACHINERY

Video: How to fit trailer air brakes

We’ve shown how you can get your hydraulic trailer brakes up to stratch, but if you want ultimate stopping power you should consider updrading to air. Why air? Installation: part…

MACHINERY

Video: How to get the best from your sprayer

James Stafford Top 10 tips Videos Sprayers are one of those bits of kit that need a good dollop of TLC to keep them running at their best. We talked…

MACHINERY

Video:Getting the best from a Master mobile dryer

The mobile grain dryer is clearly now a viable alternative to a fixed dryer – their capacities and drying outputs have increased over the years so that there are models…

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