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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

MUCKSPREADERS

Farm-built dribble bar improves contractor's slurry accuracy

It wasn’t that long ago that slurry was considered a nuisance rather than a commodity, constantly threatening to overwhelm the lagoons and towers built to contain it. But as on-farm…

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…

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Community

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Heavy-duty winch invention provides monster pulling power

Andrew Burt’s heavy-duty winch was highly commended in the complex category of the Farmers Weekly Farm Inventions Competition. After an attempt to lower his wind turbine to the ground resulted…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Innovative tractor attachments that help save time and money

Several inventive tractor attachments, entered into the 2020 Farmers Weekly Farm Inventions Competition, have helped resourceful farmers reduce work hours and expenses. See some of the best, including Tom Jefferies…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Smart farm maintenance inventions on a budget

The Farmers Weekly 2020 Farm Inventions Competition featured some smartly made farm equipment, such as a powered gravel cart, home-built flat-bed trailer and a nifty two-way log splitter. Robert Wright’s…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Imaginative attachments for telehandlers and loaders

Clever loader attachments from our 2020 Inventions Competition included a pukka wheel weight lifter, swivelling telehandler bucket and a brilliantly simple feeder hook. Keith Maxwell’s hydraulic lifting jib Steel frame…

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Insights

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News

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Irrigation ramp keeps water flowing and traffic moving

A Lincolnshire-based engineering firm has developed a novel solution for routing irrigation pipe across busy roadways without halting traffic.  JH and W Skinns was enlisted by a local farmer to…

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…

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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: Time-saving feeding and bedding kit inventions

Clever feeding and bedding kit is helping livestock farmers shave hours off their daily routine. We've picked out some of the best ones from the many entries to our 2020…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Conversion turns Discovery into off-road milk float

Charles Kinston’s off-road milk float took third place in the simple category of the Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition. Mr Kinston, a dairy farmer from Burton on Trent, is doing his…

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…

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