Life on the farm can be fun, but it's also a lot of work. I am always out working on one project or another, and I thought I would share about a few of the tools that make my life easier on the farm.
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Cutting Pliers with Compound Action
I know this may be the most boring item on the list, but I love these pliers and use them for so much! They are not your average wire cutters. Using some kind of engineering magic these things can cut through nails- literally. I have used them for everything from cutting baling twine to cutting through a nail on an old recycled board. They are my go-to fencing tool as well. They are very affordable, and I use them almost daily.
A Good Garden Cart This one may be on the obvious side of things, but I toughed it out for a long time carrying armfuls of hay to stud pens etc. Adding one of these carts to the barn has made life a lot easier on the farm. And it's helpful for throwing tools in when you're working on a project.
The Fencing Tool
These may have another name, but at our house we just call it "The Fencing Tool." Fences should be nice and tight, and this tool will help you get there. While we do have a fence stretching bar and a come-a-long, anymore I just go straight for this tool when I'm installing fence. And if a branch falls or a strand of fencing breaks I grab the fencing tool and use it to splice some wires in. A must have in my opinion.
This may seem like a tool you already have but think again. These loppers open extra wide, and use gears (and more engineering magic) to allow for more cutting power. I have used these to cut through branches and small trees that you would usually need to fire up a chainsaw for.
Right Angle Drill Attachment
I probably use this tool the least of the items I have listed, but every once in a while it comes in very handy. A great addition to your toolbox, or a gift for the project-person who has everything.
A Sawzall (or a combo set)
This is the most expensive item on my list, but I have certainly enjoyed having a great set of tools when ever it's time to get work done on the farm. Our sawzall has been used for everything from cutting off rusted bolts or stripped out screws, to chopping off tree limbs that have fallen on the fence.