Tractors & Tools
Perseverance, resourceful and a sense of humor. We’ll call those your mental homesteading tools. But what about equipping the homestead with actual tractors and tools? The #1 consideration should be quality when establishing any farm tools list.
Few farmsteads function well without a tractor or utility vehicle. You’ll discover there are quite a few older model tractors out there, and they were so well built, many of them still work. Before selecting a tractor, consult a good tractor comparison guide. You should consider the jobs you need to tackle, budget and size of your homestead before you buy. In addition to a hard-working tractor, could you function on the farm without a trusty pick-up and a new or used livestock trailer?
Which tools to procure or build for your farmstead depends on the size and make-up of your homesteading land. Homesteaders agree there are some tried-and-true tools you shouldn’t pass on. Where would you be without a trusty garden hoe (and varieties of specialized hoes,) a garden fork, a long-handled shovel, a rake, loppers and hand trimmers for gardening tasks?
Hammers, screwdrivers, pliers and needle nose pliers, pipe wrenches, crescent wrenches, tape measures, socket sets, a pry bar and adjustable wrenches should also make a home in your toolbox.
Versatile power tools will serve you well. These might include a cordless drill, reciprocating saw, miter saw, circular saw and a top-rated chainsaw, to name a few. What might surprise is you are the “tools” you’d never think to add until you started homesteading. What about a baby monitor? If you have an expecting or sick animal, or just want to check in periodically, then a good wireless baby monitor is a great thing to have. Who knew?
As with all tractors and tools, and regardless of style, overall quality of materials and construction is important.
Since the day tractor manufacturers moved from steel wheel traction to tire on wheel configurations, farmers have added tractor tire fluids to their equipment to add traction weight, counter balance … Read More
If you want to raise a row crop and don’t want to use herbicides, you may want to consider an old row crop tractors with a cultivator attachment. Row crop … Read More
A diesel tractor is a fantastic addition to any homestead, but just like any equipment, it can break. The good news is most fail-to-run problems in diesel engines are usually … Read More