We’ve been on the farm for about 5 years now. I’ve slowed down a lot of my prolific posting and have been mostly doing instead of talking about doing.
We’ve kept things fairly simple over the years. We aren’t into big expensive machinery. We are not big time farmers. We tend to lie on a small time homesteader approach. We don’t have that much money to go around buying everything we need. We accumulate and improve as we can.
This post was done back in 2011.
I thought I’d update it a bit as it’s interesting to see where we’ve come from and what we’ve thought important enough to buy and use.
Often used tools as of 05/05/2011
Chainsaw – We have lots of trees we need to clean up. Will use for gathering wood for winter.
Toe rope – Used to pull trees out
Wire stretcher for fence
Truck – Borrowed mostly. I just registered a 1978 Toyota truck my dad gave me 2 years ago. Should do until we get rich from farming and can get a big truck.
Computer – To look things up online for instructions on how to do things.
Bucket – For water, collecting things
Post hole digger
Water trough and/or bucket
Pocket knife- a must have. I used it several times a day
Chains - to drag things
Steel barrels- Store things in and haul water
Gloves - I usually get 3 pairs for around $20 from Costco
Winter clothes - It fun being outside when you are warm.
Gun – I have a .22, shot gun, and a 30-30. We have some dogs roaming the place so I keep the 30 – 30 close just in case.
Draw knife – To peel logs
Wish list in 2011
Chainsaw of my own. I’ve borrowed Greybeard and Elvis chain saw in the mean time. Bought this right off. Have used it immensly over the years.
Electric fencing equipment – Need to get shortly for chickens and goats. Bought several different variations. I’ve come to rely on a plug in fencer as the solar ones always fail at some point.
Tractor with rototiller, lawn mower, and plow. Still wishing.
Big 4x4 truck – March 2017 -Still have my 1978 toyota. Still wishing for a big truck.
Backhoe – Ya right.
Heated water trough – You can buy a heater for like $30 at UFA or any farm store. Way worth it for winter time.
UPDATE – March 2017
Bail tarps – for small square bails. Don’t need them for big round bales if feeding fall hay over the winter.
Ride on Lawn Mower – Bought a John Deer z645 about 3 years ago. Best purchase ever but now we mow like 5 acres of land.
Water hoses – Have heaps of these to water trees, water cows, irrigate garden etc.
Pitch fork – Clean up manure etc.
Grain Shovel – Clean out stalls. Spread mulch, etc.
Wheel Hoe – Best thing ever for a garden. We bought one of these: http://planetwhizbang.blogspot.ca/ Best investment ever.
Water heater- Cheap to buy at UFA type stores: https://www.ufa.com/products/Livestock+Livestock-Equipment/floating-heater-1
Feeder buckets – For feeding treats, mineral, bucket feeding calves. https://www.ufa.com/products/Livestock+Livestock-Equipment/little-giant-12-qt-hook-over-feeder
Dehorning pliers – Ya, yuck but necessary.
Casteration pliers – More yuck