All articles about 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

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Managing welding fumes on farms – all you need to know

Farm businesses must now understand and mitigate the health and safety risks associated with fumes produced during welding and other metalwork tasks to protect the long-term health and wellbeing of…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Workshop heaters: The options and the rules

Winter is a prime time for repairs, maintenance, modifying or making pieces of equipment that will make life easier when fieldwork picks up again. But the thought of spending long,…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

John Deere tractors: Common problems and how to fix them

Tractors have a habit of breaking down at the most inconvenient moment. Independent mechanic Lee Morley takes a look at John Deere models, offers a few tips to reduce the…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Case and New Holland tractors: How to fix common problems

Tractors are a major expenditure on the farm, and breakdowns can leave you with a big mechanic's bill. There are some ways, however, that you can try to avoid costly…

See all

Case studies

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Video: Grower builds cover crop broadcaster for £3,000

A farm-built broadcaster costing less than £3,000 has given James Hopkinson the opportunity introduce cover cropping as part of a "regenerative" approach to the arable enterprises he manages. The tractor-mounted…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Devon contractor develops combination roller seeder

When Devon contractor-cum-engineer Marcus Tucker returned from his second stint working in New Zealand there was one particular piece of kit he felt would really add to his own operation.…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Aberdeenshire farmer builds cover crop drill for £500

Armed with nothing but his thinking cap and a princely £500 budget, George McWilliam cobbled together a bespoke drill that has allowed him to successfully integrate cover crops into his…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Remote-control tractor wins FW's 2021 Inventions Competition

Complex category winner Tom Beach’s remote-controlled tractor Tom Beach’s clever remote-controlled tractor and broccoli harvesting trailer is this year’s complex category winner. The 23-year-old agricultural engineering student works part-time on…

See all

Community

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Comp 2021: Handy home-built loader attachments

There is plenty of choice on the telehandler attachment market but, for those after something specific and bespoke, it often means building it in the workshop. Some of the inventive…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Comp 2021: Entries that will make you smile

Farmers Weekly’s Inventions Competition wouldn’t be the same without a batch of wacky entries – some of which save time or money and others built just for fun. This year’s…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Comp 2021: Mowers, rolls and harrows for grassland

Entries into grassland category of this year’s Inventions Competition centre on ways to improve the efficiency of resowing, rolling and ridding fields of weeds. Scroll down to see some of…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Comp 2021: Nifty tractor attachments and add-ons

Farmers have found plenty of ways to save time and money by building their own tractor attachments and servicing tools, including jack supports, oil drain pans and various carrying crates…

See all

Insights

See all

News

MACHINERY

Farmer and 8-year-old son build clever bird-scaring robot

A clever bird-scaring robot capable of roving oilseed rape fields autonomously to keep them pigeon-free has been developed by Cambridgeshire farmer Will Mumford. See also: Grower keeps OSR free from flea…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Home-made turntable prevents pipe tangles

A Northern Irish farmer has come up with an ingenious way of avoiding the stress of dealing with awkward rolls of water or drainage pipe. Donal O’Donovan had been looking…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Cash prizes on offer in FW’s 2021 Inventions Competition

It’s time for another season of Farmers Weekly’s long-running Farm Inventions Competition. With a back catalogue containing thousands of ingenious ideas, there’s nowhere better to read about workshop builds that have…

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…

See all

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…

See all

Video

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Video: Grower builds cover crop broadcaster for £3,000

A farm-built broadcaster costing less than £3,000 has given James Hopkinson the opportunity introduce cover cropping as part of a "regenerative" approach to the arable enterprises he manages. The tractor-mounted…

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…

See all