Tractors & Farm Equipment

In Old Small Farm Tractors, Lubrication is Key

By Dave Boyt – Call me sentimental, but I have a soft spot for old small farm tractors and here’s why. Just a couple of weeks ago, my wife, Becky, surveyed …

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Why The Best Fuel Type For Tools Doesn’t Come From The Pump

The best fuel type for tools used to be your standard pump gas from the local gas station. Unfortunately, that’s changed. What’s even more unfortunate is that it changed back …

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A Universal Tractor Maintenance Checklist to Keep Your Tractor Running Well

Using a tractor maintenance checklist is a great way to keep your small farm tractor operating smoothly. For many of us, we’ve come to rely on our tractor, and being …

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Buying a Chainsaw? Which One?

By Ben Hoffman, Maine Buying a chainsaw can be a frustrating experience. What brand should I buy? What size bar should I get? How many horsepower? And the list goes on, …

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Minimizing Fire Risk on the Farm

Flammable materials are abundant on every farm and homestead. Barn and coop fires are an unfortunately common issue, but there are a few critical things we can do to avoid …

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Bring in the Drones

Often called “flying robotic snoops” capable of crop surveillance, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are known as “Drones.” Experts predict nearly 8,000 drones could be flying over the U.S. within five …

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Digging Holes 101

Since the dawn of agrarian culture, we’ve been inventing and reinventing ways to keep domesticated animals contained. Many things in our culture have radically changed such as how we communicate, …

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Outsmarting a Deere

Nothing can stop a homesteader with a skid steer. Piles of snow, mountains of manure, hills of gravel—all are easily handled with the help of a skid steer. It’s an …

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Illinois Farmer Finds Labor Savings and Versatility with Skid Steer Grapple

by Mike Kloster, President of Worksaver, Inc. – Farmer Tom Justison recently bought a Sweep Action Rock Grapple (SARG) from Worksaver, Inc. to use on his family farm in Montgomery County, …

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Baling Hay On The Homestead

Baling hay is a staple of livestock farming. The very act of harvesting hay has been the lifeblood of farmers for centuries, which is why it’s become the most iconic …

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Kubota vs. Mahindra Tractors: Which Brand is Better?

This question plagues ranchers and farmers all over the United States. Purchasing a tractor isn’t quite like picking up a product from the store. Every angle must be assessed, every …

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Flammable Materials on the Farm

Flammable materials are abundant on every farm and homestead. Barn and coop fires are an unfortunately common issue, but there are a few critical things we can do to avoid …

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The Best Way to Loosen Rusted Parts

Is there a best way to loosen rusted parts on the farm? I’m sure there is, but I’m more inclined to say; there’s the best way for each situation. Farmers …

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Changing a Tractor Tire Valve Stem

A broken tractor tire valve stem can put a damper on your day. We use our tractors in some pretty rough terrain, but I’ve found that dealing with brush and …

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Getting Started with an Oxy-Acetylene Torch

The oxy-acetylene torch is one tool I can’t live without. Working on old trucks and farm implements alike, you’re bound to find yourself in need of a heat source above …

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