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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.

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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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TOOLS

Contractor equips JCB 4CX with clever Tiltrotator bucket

A Devon contractor has fitted his latest JCB 4CX backhoe digger with an Engcon Tiltrotator to make the rear attachment more versatile. See also: Farmer fits combine with inventive fire…

TOOLS

Lightweight hot-water pressure washer joins Clarke range

Clarke has unveiled a hot-water pressure washer capable of blasting away stubborn dirt, but without the weight typically associated with a heated system. Handily, the 27kg unit runs from a…

TOOLS

Mini JCB excavator sneaks down tight passages

JCB has launched a new 1.7t 360 digger that will sit near the bottom of its huge list of excavators. The 18Z-1 is light enough to be towed behind a…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

14 of our favourite farm inventions from over the years

The Farmers Weekly inventions competition has been running for a few decades now, and has featured everything from calf catchers and water troughs to homemade drills and pivot-steer loaders. Here…

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Test and reviews

TOOLS

6 handy new tools for the farm

Several big companies have been busy launching new farm-friendly tools, including ZF with its clever do-it-yourself oil analysis kit, Karcher with a new-look pressure washer lance and Draper, which has…

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…

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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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