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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

4X4S

£690 conversion kit turns Land Rover Discoverys into pickups

Used Land Rover Discoverys don’t enjoy the same cult status as the iconic Defender, so when the rot sets in, values hit the floor. That means MOT failures can change…

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…

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Case studies

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farmer saves cash by 3D printing parts for home-built drill

Farm workshops are a brilliant starting point for heavy-metal machinery projects but, for inventions requiring delicate components, there’s inevitably a point at which home-builders have to resort to buying bits…

CEREAL DRILLS

Orkney contractor builds drill to combat extreme weather

Owning four working drills may seem lavish to most farmers, but for contractors J&S Hay on the north-east coast of Orkney it is the reason the business is able to…

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

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…

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Community

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Workshop legends: 84-year-old welding king Edgar Harding

Across the country there are welders, mechanics, fitters and fabricators beavering away in sheds and vans to keep the nation’s farm machinery fleet in running order. In our series profiling…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Competition 2019: Loader attachments and baling

This year’s Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition yielded another fine crop of farm-fettled steelwork. This included some smart bale trailers, loader attachments, a silage wrap carrier and a neat winch kit…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Competition 2019: Strap winders and gate lifters

This year’s Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition yielded another fine crop of farm-fettled steelwork. Here are the best of the gadgets and knick-knacks, including a one-man gate lifter, ratchet strap winder…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Competition 2019: Fencing kit and wood processors

This year’s Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition yielded another fine crop of farm-fettled steelwork. Here we take a look at the best of the fencing and wood processing kit. See also: Inventions…

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Insights

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News

CULTIVATORS

Agricast builds bolt-on disc gangs for Simba harrows

Lincolnshire firm Agricast has strengthened its association with Simba cultivators by offering bolt-on disc gangs for all types of the defunct maker's disc harrows. Apparently, many customers have been unable…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Suffolk Show Inventive Farmer Competition highlights

While tractors and machinery increasingly rely on high-tech electronics, GPS guidance from space satellites and robotics, there is still a need for the do-it-yourself approach that uses workshop skills to…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

New HSE rules on welding fumes come into force

Farmers are being alerted to a change in health and safety rules affecting anyone who does welding. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently announced that it is reclassifying…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farm Inventions Competition 2019 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 more this time. The format remains…

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Test and reviews

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: On test – 20 workshop tools recommended by farmers

Off the back of the low-cost tool, gadget and knickknack review we carried out last year, scores of readers got in touch with nifty suggestions of their own. Oliver Mark…

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Video

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: On test – 20 workshop tools recommended by farmers

Off the back of the low-cost tool, gadget and knickknack review we carried out last year, scores of readers got in touch with nifty suggestions of their own. Oliver Mark…

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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