Know How / Workshop skills

Farm workshop tips and advice on common tasks such as cutting and welding, tackling rust on farm machinery and using grinders safely. See also top farm inventions and workshop-built kit from other farmers, including our video of a homemade silage station.

Advice and tips

MACHINERY

Workshop tips: What you need to know to use grinders safely

Having spent more than 35 years teaching the agricultural fraternity to weld, Derbyshire farmer Richard Archer knows a thing or to about joining bits of metal together. He has taught hundreds…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Workshop tips: Oxy acetylene gas cutting and welding

Having spent more than 35 years teaching the agricultural fraternity to weld, Derbyshire farmer Richard Archer knows a thing or to about joining bits of metal together.  His welding career…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Workshop tips: How to make the perfect MIG weld

Having spent more than 35 years teaching the agricultural fraternity to weld, Derbyshire farmer Richard Archer knows a thing or to about joining bits of metal together. His welding career…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Workshop tips: Making the perfect arc weld

Mixed farmer Richard Archer has spent more than 35 years teaching the agricultural fraternity to weld, which makes him more than qualified to give advice on arc welding to help…

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Case studies

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Dorset farmer builds grass drill on a £500 budget

After 10 years working as a farm adviser, Richard Warren decided that he’d had enough of wearing suits, negotiating red tape and attending meetings and wanted a more hands-on approach…

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…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

How to pick the best cultivator wearing metal

Soil-engaging parts are one of those boringly inevitable expenses when running a cultivator or drill. But while many shop around for the cheapest lumps of metal to haul through the…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Video: Homemade silage station reduces round-bale headache

After developing a strong aversion for wrapping bales in the field where the baler dropped them, Geoff Eyre wasn’t a fan of the somewhat tedious job of collecting wrapped rounds…

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Community

MACHINERY

Top farm inventions from the USA

Here on the Machinery desk at Farmers Weekly we love a farm invention. Every year our Farm Invention competition is flooded with entries from farmers who have come up with…

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News

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farm Inventions Competition 2018 open for entries

It is time for another season of Farmers Weekly’s long-running Farm Inventions competition. We had loads of great entries last year and we are hoping for the same again this time. The…

TECHNOLOGY

Welding app offers basic joining tips

Ever fancied yourself as a master welder but not had the tools to get started? See also: Video: How near-infrared technology measures grass quality Well, now there is a welding…

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

Essex dealer Crawfords builds huge new depot

Agricultural machinery dealer RW Crawfords, based in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, has invested £3m in a new parts and workshop store on land it owns opposite Writtle University College…

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Video

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Video: Homemade silage station reduces round-bale headache

After developing a strong aversion for wrapping bales in the field where the baler dropped them, Geoff Eyre wasn’t a fan of the somewhat tedious job of collecting wrapped rounds…

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