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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…

COMBINES

Tips for setting your combine correctly

Getting your combine set up as close to perfect as possible can make a huge difference to harvest grain losses and crop profitability. Here, we run through the key settings…

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…

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Case studies

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farm Inventions Competition extended until 7 February

We've decided to extend the Farm Inventions Competition deadline by a week, which means you have until 7 February 2020 to get your entries in. To inspire you, we have…

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

Aussie contractor converts old bin lorries to bale chasers

An innovative Aussie contractor has designed and built a gang of self-propelled chasers, each one capable of stacking up to 1,600 bales in a day. Resourceful inventor and keen up-cycler…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

How clever mobile cow mast helps improve beef breeding

Cumbrian farmer Edward Dean has built a portable mast to help transfer valuable performance-monitoring data from his Limousin herd in the field back to the farm’s computer. The rolling hills…

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…

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Community

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Clever cradle invention lifts seed bags safely

Robert Schwier's seed bag cradle took the top prize in the Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition simple category. After a 1t seed bag strap broke, narrowly missing the operator and damaging…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Comp 2020: Fertiliser bogie slashes power use

Owen Wilks’ Fertable fertiliser bogie placed third in the intermediate category of the Farmers Weekly inventions competition. One of this year’s most experienced entrants is 80-year-old Owen Wilks, who has…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Comp 2020: Bale net winch snatches second place

Thomas Mathias' bale net lifter is runner-up in the intermediate category of the Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition. A back-saving round bale net lifter was the centrepiece of Thomas Mathias’ course…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Sward-slitting dribblebar a winner in Inventions Competition

Roger Page’s sward-slitter dribble bar took first place in the intermediate category of the Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition. Following a number of customer requests to combine sward slitting and slurry…

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Insights

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News

WORKSHOP SKILLS

HSE to carry out welding inspections after safety alert

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is sending inspectors to businesses across the country to check that welding risks are managed properly, following a safety alert issued in February 2019.…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

2020 Farm Inventions competition: win cash prizes

It’s time for another season of Farmers Weekly’s long-running Farm Inventions Competition. If you love reading about workshop creations and have designed a machine, gadget or knick-knack of your own,…

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…

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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: Clever cradle invention lifts seed bags safely

Robert Schwier's seed bag cradle took the top prize in the Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition simple category. After a 1t seed bag strap broke, narrowly missing the operator and damaging…

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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