Know How / Farm maintenance

Maintenance on the farm is essential to keep the place looking tidy and make sure machinery and buildings are in the best shape they can be.

So, if it’s chainsaws, strimmers and fencing gear, or clothing, tools or padlocks, we try out the latest products on the market and pick out handy items that make life in the workshop a little easier.

Key areas of focus:

  • Keeping your big machinery running smoothly
  • Maintenance of farm premises, fences and buildings
  • Best power tools to use in the workshop
  • Honing your workshop skills
  • Farmer machinery and gadget inventions
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Case studies

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FARM MAINTENANCE

Contractors change JCB Hydradig to self-propelled hedgecutter

JCB's alternative take on a traditional wheeled digger, the Hydradig 110W, has found favour with contractors looking for a versatile tool for farm maintenance operations. Rather than being limited to…

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…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Hydrogen-based cleaning kits get old engines running smoothly

A system for clearing carbon deposits from coked-up engines is now being offered by a Warwickshire firm as an on-farm service. Hydrogen cleaning has been used in the automotive industry…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farm inventions: Andrew Burt's winching and towing kit

Farmers Weekly’s annual Farm Inventions Competition has unearthed all manner of innovative and resourceful machines built in workshops the length and breadth of the country. These range from cheap-and-cheerful tools…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Ram pump slashes mains water cost for Devon farm

Tinder-dry conditions through late spring and early summer have brought about the unlikely return of an age-old method of water storage using hydraulic ram pumps. Cornish company Water Powered Technologies…

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…

Practical advice

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FARM MAINTENANCE

6 tips to minimise problems with blocked fuel filters

Farmers across the UK are continuing to report problems with blocked fuel filters in tractors and other farm vehicles. An increase in fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) blend component for…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How to avoid costly claims for rodent damage to machinery

Damage to stored machinery and equipment caused by rodents can be very costly. Individual insurance claims in excess of £20,000 are not unusual, and if insurance doesn't cover rodent damage,…

ARABLE

How to establish, manage and rejuvenate hedgerows

Healthy hedges are a lifeline for wildlife, providing food and habitat, including for many of the birds within the Farmland Bird Index as well as for priority mammal species in…

TOOLS

Top tips for chainsaw chain and guide bar maintenance

When a chainsaw is running on point, it will effortlessly buzz through a piece of timber while the operator gently guides it in the desired direction. This is very pleasing…

FARM MAINTENANCE

How to make fence posts on farms last longer

Preservative-treated timber fence posts have developed a pretty dire reputation over the past decade or so. Countless farmers have shelled out thousands for these products, gone to the expense of…

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…

Machinery maintenance

FARM MAINTENANCE

6 tips to minimise problems with blocked fuel filters

Farmers across the UK are continuing to report problems with blocked fuel filters in tractors and other farm vehicles. An increase in fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) blend component for…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Farmers report more problems with blocked tractor fuel filters

Urgent action must be taken to resolve ongoing problems with blocked fuel filters in tractors and other farm machinery, NFU Scotland says. The union has reported that once again farmers…

TOOLS

Safest options for changing wheels and jacking machinery

Perching bottle jacks on timber blocks or using loader pallet tines to lift farm machinery ready for wheel removal may have been the standard practice of yesteryear, but today’s heavy…

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Workshop skills

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

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…

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Video

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MACHINERY

VIDEO: Nifty pto safety system

[fwi_vidyard code="KWYr4dOzN-l54wlls9TbuQ"] Accidents involving pto shafts have maimed and killed many farmers and farm workers over the years, but two new simple protection products could save lives. Manufactuered by Irish…

MACHINERY

Video guide: Getting the best from a round baler

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Power Farming’s ‘Getting the best from’ series of articles and videos continues with the round baler. With the help…

MACHINERY

Video: 15 tools we wouldn't be without - part 3

Intro 12-240-Volt inverter Hole-saws Bearing fitting kit Auto-ranging multimeter We’ve been asking a few of our machinery-minded contributors to nominate their favourite get-out-of-a-fix bits of workshop kit. In part one,…

MACHINERY

Video: Getting the best from a Kuhn RW 1100

With the assistance of Kuhn’s Paul Jennings, we take a look at the points users should be looking at when setting their machines up for a season’s use. Watch the…

Insights

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