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

Advice and tips

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Tips for keeping air conditioning systems running sweetly

Maintenance of farm kit air conditioning systems is crucial to keep cold air flowing through the vents during the summer, and changes to refrigerant regulations mean it will save you…

PEST MANAGEMENT

A guide to kit for controlling rats, mice and squirrels

If there’s one thing the world will never be rid of, it’s mice and rats. These sneaky rodents have been around for 160 million years and both farmers and pest…

TOOLS

How to get a chainsaw's tired two-stroke engine to run

Two-stroke engines like regular use, so after a summer of languishing at the back of the workshop it should be no surprise if the old chainsaw is reluctant to start.…

MACHINERY

A guide to fixing pothole-ridden farm tracks

Bashing and crashing along worn-out farm tracks is a pretty tedious pastime. But it is one many farmers will endure for years, fearing that the cost of putting it right will…

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Archive

MACHINERY

How to wire in a combine side knife

brightcove.createExperiences(); Secondhand units Wiring Refurb and rebuild Parts & prices More and more modern combines come with built-in side-knives, meaning there are increasing numbers of bolt-on units lying in the…

MACHINERY

Getting the best from a big square baler


 
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MACHINERY

Out of the farm workshop - Round bale accumulator

The problem The design The build Pictures When you're running an outdoor pig enterprise which covers 100 acres of land, has 720 sows and 7,500 offspring, there's a need for…

MACHINERY

What's in your workshop - Paul Hayward

The farm The questions The kit When it comes to farm workshops Paul Hayward is in his element – not just a place to change tractor oil and filters, he…

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Case studies

MACHINERY

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…

MACHINERY

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…

MACHINERY

2017 Farm Inventions competition: Simple category

This year’s simple category in the Farm Inventions competition shows workshop ingenuity at its best. They’re often simple in nature, but also demonstrate farmers’ knack for finding nifty solutions to…

MACHINERY

Surrey farmer builds 4m no-till drill on a £2,000 budget

[caption id="attachment_1339508" align="alignnone" width="900"] © Adam Clarke[/caption] Farm facts Mike Pinard, Lodge Farm, South Godstone, Surrey 121ha rented land Soil type: Weald clay Cropping: winter wheat, winter linseed and canary…

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Insights

MACHINERY

Workshop legends: We visit master mechanic John Towell

Across the country there are welders, mechanics, fitters and fabricators beavering away in sheds and out of the back of vans to keep the nation’s farm machinery fleet in running…

MACHINERY

10 weird and wacky farm inventions from the USA

American farmers are specialists in inventing weird and wacky machines. Mark Newhall of US magazine Farm Show picks out some of his favourites. See also: 20 of the best farm…

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News

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Suffolk Show inventions competition: workshop-built kit

A farm-designed cultivator for dealing with blackgrass problems won the top award in the Inventive Farmer Competition at this year’s Suffolk Show. The annual competition, which attracts entries from across…

MACHINERY

Bluetooth padlock helps save farmers' hands from the cold

No one enjoys the faff of getting a padlock unlocked in subzero temperatures, usually you’ll have to take your gloves off to find the keys in your pocket and then…

MACHINERY

Coaster-sized camera offers tighter security

Creative positioning of security cameras can be key to catching a thief who thinks they may have evaded any watching technology. A new wireless camera range from Blink is designed…

UNCATEGORIZED

Stihl launches chainsaw with smart fuel injection system

Fuel injection revolutionised automotive petrol engines in the 1980s and more than 30 years later, Stihl is hoping it will do the same for chainsaws. The maker’s newly launched MS500i…

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Test and reviews

TOOLS

On test: Electric strimmers give petrol-powered performance

Battery and brushless motor technology has improved so much in recent years that even power-hungry machines such as brushcutters are beginning to go fossil-fuel free. At a recent press event…

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…

MACHINERY

£50,000 silage conveyor invention keeps mud off road

After a constant battle to keep mud clear of the road during the wet silage season of 2012, contractor-cum-engineer Joe Williams decided he had to come up with a hassle-free…

TOOLS

Five 18V cordless grinders on test

Pokier batteries and high-tech motors mean many cordless power tools now promise performance to match their plug-in rivals. They’re not cheap, but are they worth it? To sort the good…

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Video

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…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

How to service a Honda ATV

General Fluids & filters Engine Transmission Brakes & Tyres Suspension They're one of the most used pieces of kit on any livestock farm, but when was the last time you…

SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

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…

TOOLS

Video: Electric chainsaws on test

The test Bosch Husqvarna Makita Oregon Stihl Verdict All the main players in the world of woodcraft are now offering cordless, battery-powered chainsaws. But what’s wrong with a good two-stroke…

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