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Running the Farm : Equipment & machinery

The articles below cover a number of topics about the equipment and machinery used on a lifestyle farm. If you're looking for something in particular then use the search box above. If not, then browse the article titles and see what there is to help you.  If you can't find an answer here then why not ask in our discussion forums? One of the very friendly and helpful members is sure to be able to help you.

New articles are added all the time so don't forget to check back here regularly!


log splitterThey say that firewood warms you twice; once when you burn it and once when you chop it. Chopping firewood by hand is certainly warming, but it's also hard work. A recent poll showed that over 40% of lifestyle farmers use more than 9m² of firewood a year.

chainsaw safetyThe chainsaw is the most dangerous tool on the farm, and its potential for damage to life and limb is underestimated every day. Keep reminding yourself that the chain on a modern saw with it's murderous teeth travels at just over 100km/hr, so you don't have a hope of stopping it or lifting it out of the way before it has made a nice wide cut into you flesh and bone.  At this speed the chain can cut through a human limb in about a third of a second.

chainsaw maintenanceChainsaws are not cheap to run, but they get really expensive with neglect and lack of servicing.  A modern chainsaw is a precision high-tech instrument running at very high revs so it needs special care.  Here are some tips provided by manufacturers, retail agents and service technicians.

Machinery and Equipment you will need or want on a lifestyle block is directly related to the jobs you are likely need it for. Here is a basic list of the jobs you are likely to carry out on your lifestyle block:

The following information should help you as a lifestyle block owner, to make an informed decision when purchasing a new or used ATV.

It is important you have a thorough knowledge of the way your bike operates before you start riding it. When you are familiar with it, you are more likely to know when something is wrong and how to go about fixing it.

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