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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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…

FARM MAINTENANCE

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…

FARM MAINTENANCE

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

Farm facts Mike Pinard, Lodge Farm, South Godstone, Surrey 121ha rented land Soil type: Weald clay Cropping: winter wheat, winter linseed and canary seed Mike Pinard farms about 120ha of…

Practical advice

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MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

In photos: Simple checks to keep farm trailers safe

Farmers need to ensure that their trailers are safe and properly maintained ahead of the busy summer months. Transport-related accidents are among the main causes of workplace fatalities in agriculture,…

FARM MAINTENANCE

How to make fence posts on farms last longer

Marvellous stuff, wood. It can be turned into a desk, a violin or a 50ft yacht. But when it comes to knocking a wooden post into the ground to keep…

COMPLIANCE

Farming near footpaths - the law for arable farmers

The majority of farms have some form of public right of way across them, whether it is a footpath, bridleway or byway. But when walkers are heading for your crops,…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Tips to help keep biomass boilers running trouble-free

Burning timber from your own woodland in boilers to provide heat for houses and offices seems like a bit of a no-brainer, especially when Theresa May will pay you for…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Septic tanks on farm: Rules and replacements

By the time 1 January 2020 comes round, the Environment Agency hopes that farmers with septic tanks that currently discharge into a watercourse will have checked them and upgraded if necessary.…

FARM MAINTENANCE

All you need to know about lights in farm buildings

Most farms have a variety of lights about the place, many of them in use since Maggie Thatcher was in No 10. That made perfect sense because lightbulb technology had…

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MACHINERY

VIDEO: Nifty pto safety system

[fwi_vidyard code="KWYr4dOzN-l54wlls9TbuQ"] Accidents involving pto shafts have maimed and killed many farmers and farm workers over the years, but two new simple protection products could save lives. Manufactuered by Irish…

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: 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…

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…

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TRAILERS

How rolling road test can help keep trailer brakes shipshape

It's easy to assume that new trailers come with tuned-up, highly efficient braking kits, but farm manager Jim Scarratt found a very different result when he ran his up-to-date load…