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News and reviews for farmers of useful farm workshop power tools. We have a range tests including grease guns, welders, impact drivers, timber processing kit and electric chainsaws. See our roundup of 20 handy workshop tools and gadgets which take the stress out of the most frustrating farm tasks.

Advice and tips

FARM MAINTENANCE

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

Tips for choosing the right SDS drill

No workshop is complete without a drill – but what sort of drill should it be? Andy Collings takes a look at SDS-drills to see what they can do and…

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News

MACHINERY

Searchable online parts store slashes time and effort

After months of rain, the sun’s out, the soil’s dried and the wheels of machines are beginning to roll. It's all going so well until you hear a snap, or…

TOOLS

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…

MACHINERY

Forst tracked woodchipper munches 8in timber

Wood chippers are luxuries for most farmers, chippers on tracks are really only for professionals. But if you’re constantly hiring in machines to chomp up tree work off-cuts, then it…

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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…

TRACTORS

Round-up of designer tractor ballast boxes with tool storage

A ballast block that doubles as a spacious storage container is rapidly becoming fashionable for tractors operated on arable or mixed enterprise units. Some have been conceived by enterprising operators themselves…

MACHINERY

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

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

Video: Farm torches on test

Torch technology has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years. Emily Padfield and David Cousins gathered 15 torches on a snowy February evening in Warwickshire to…

MACHINERY

Video: 15 tools we wouldn't be without - part 3

Intro 12-240-Volt inverter Hole-saws Bearing fitting kit Auto-ranging multimeter 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 part one,…

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