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Episode-1830- Power Tools for the Homestead

Paslode 902000 and Electric Nail Gun that Can Handle Up To 2.5 Inch 16 Gauge Nails

Paslode 902000 a Cordless Electric Nail Gun that Can Handle Up To 2.5 Inch 16 Gauge Nails

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Today we look at power tools for the homestead.  I want to be clear on that concept, for the homestead, not for the wood shop.  Now there are tools that do belong in both locations, but I am talking day to day and project based homesteading stuff here, not cabinet making or something like that.

The tools I want to talk about today are the tools that I think should be on every homestead from small to large.  The things you will find yourself using monthly if not weekly.  It seems something always needs fixing or building on a homestead.

I will give some specific brand recommendations today and even some product specific links, but I want to be honest, most power tools today are quite well made and you generally get what you pay for.  So don’t feel you have to be like me and bleed Dewalt yellow in your brand loyalty.

In the list I don’t make a big differentiation between cordless and plug in tools, in the show though I will talk a lot about the trade offs between each of them.

Join Me Today To Hear About

  • Homestead tools vs. “wood shop tools”, etc.
  • The homestead environment
    • Project based
    • Stuff breaks
    • Always short on time
  • The thirteen tools I think every homesteader needs
    • Drill
    • Reciprocating Saw
    • Circular Saw
    • Jig Saw
    • Chop Saw
    • Nail Gun
    • Air Compressor
    • Impact Driver
    • Bench Grinder
    • Rotary Tool (Dremel)
    • Angle Grinder
    • Chainsaw
  • Thoughts on pawnshop, low end brands, etc.
  • Final thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

Tools Mentioned on the Show Today

Note – I own all three of the chainsaws listed and recommend them all based on your needs and experience.  The electrics are way less maintenance.  I also own the first generation of the cordless Oregon saw and can say the second generation is a big improvement on an already great saw.

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Episode-1014- Hand Tools and Homestead Gear

A Husqvarna 450 with an 18 Inch Bar is my go to Chainsaw

A Husqvarna 450 with an 18 Inch Bar is my go to Chainsaw

I think it is a good time to look at some common hand tools and homestead gear specifically with winter approaching.  Winter presents quite a few opportunities for repair and maintenance.

First, I am not sure why but winter is when many things that have always worked decide it is time to break down.  It is like they want a rest from the action just like everyone else or something.

Second, many of the tasks we have to do frequently in the Spring, Summer or Fall are not necessary in winter.  Even for those of us that garden, you very seldom need to water an weed.  So many of the things that get put off during the busy season are prime for getting done in the slower months.

Third, a lot of maintenance work just sucks to do when it is 100 plus degrees outside.  Doing them in a warm garage or shop or doing them on a sunny winter day is just a lot more fun then sweating your brains out.

Fourth, winter can get boring and wear you down.  Days are short, nights are long and once hunting season is over cabin fever can set in hard and fast.  Doing maintenance, repairs, upkeep and projects in this time helps us stay positive and be up and running full out when spring arrives.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Tools I think should be on every homestead
    • The Chainsaw (gas is primary but electrics have a place)
    • Rechargeable/Power Tools
      • Drill (make sure to have plenty of bits)
      • Reciprocating Saw
      • Circular Saw
      • Cut Off Tool
      • Impact Driver
      • Jig Saw
      • Grinder
    • A good axe and a good hatchet
    • A good sickle or corn knife
    • Shovels, Hoes, etc.
  • Hand Tools that Everyone Should Have
    • Hammer (at minimum sledge, mini sledge and claw)
    • Socket Set
    • Screw Driver Set
    • A set of driver tips and hex keys
    • Wrench Set
    • Adjustable Wrench
    • Channel Locks
    • Vice Grips
    • Chisels
    • Wire Brushes
    • Planing tools
    • Tape Measures, rulers, yardsticks, etc
    • Level
    • Square
    • Cross and Rip Saws
    • Hack Saw
    • C-Clamps
    • Pipe Wrench
    • Pliers of All Common Form
    • Files
    • Sharpening stones
    • Lots of nails, screws, bolts, washers, etc.
  • Some Real Nice to Have Stuff
    • Log splitter
    • A press
    • A scythe
    • A shop vac

Resources for today’s show…

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