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

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

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

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…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

14 of our favourite farm inventions from over the years

The Farmers Weekly inventions competition has been running for a few decades now, and has featured everything from calf catchers and water troughs to homemade drills and pivot-steer loaders. Here…

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…

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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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