10 Essential Tools Every Homesteader Should Have
Wondering what essential tools every homesteader should have? Homesteading is a way of life that requires hard work, dedication, and an arsenal of essential tools to make it all possible. Whether you’re just getting started, or are a seasoned homesteader, having the right tools is essential for making your day-to-day chores and projects run smoothly. To help you on your journey, we’ve compiled a list of ten essential tools every homesteader should own. 101 Homesteading Skills We Need To Teach
Homesteading itself could mean different things to different people. As quoted from Wikipedia: “Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food, and may also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craft work for household use or sale.”
Those of my readers who have followed me over the years have learned that I follow many of the ideals expressed above. I try to grow much of my own food for preservation and storage. I have a dehydrator, a food processor, bag sealing equipment, canning equipment and jars, and other items so I don’t have to purchase as many items come harvest time in my backyard. I also get involved in do-it-yourself projects when I can so I can be my own resource for self-reliance.
No, I’m not a hardcore prepper who lives off-grid and raises my own livestock like pigs and goats. But I have a significant food storage and pantry stash with all the meal recipe ingredients I’ll need for months to come. I guess you could call me one of those urban homesteaders.
Essential Tools Every Homesteader Should Have
These tools will not only make your homesteading adventure more efficient, but they’ll also save you time and money in the long run.
Chainsaws are a must-have tool for any homesteader. Whether you need to clear trees or cut logs for firewood, a chainsaw can make quick work of even the toughest jobs. When purchasing a chainsaw, be sure to choose one that is powerful enough to handle the tasks you plan to use it for and don’t forget to invest in safety gear, like chainsaw chaps, safety glasses, quality gloves, sturdy boots, and a helmet. What is the Best Firewood for Home Heating?
Wheelbarrows have proven to be versatile for heavy hauling jobs. They can be used for a variety of tasks around the homestead. From hauling dirt and rocks to transporting firewood and bales of hay, a wheelbarrow will quickly become one of your most frequently used tools. Be sure to choose a sturdy, durable wheelbarrow that can handle heavy loads. If you take good care of it, a quality wheelbarrow should last many years. Top Gardening Tools You Need
Getting sets of quality hand tools is essential for any homesteader. You’ll need a variety of tools, from a hammer, and screwdrivers to pliers and wrenches. Invest in a tool kit or tool chest that includes all the tools you’ll need for basic repairs and maintenance around your homestead. It wouldn’t hurt to also have items like nails, screws, a tape measure, a sharp knife, a box knife with blades, and prying tools to live things. Top Gardening Tools You Need
Power drills are another essential tool for any homesteader. From building structures to repairing equipment, a drill will quickly become one of your go-to tools. Be sure to choose a drill with enough power to handle the tasks you plan to use it for. They have improved the torque and rechargeability of batteries for drills, so don’t shy away from a portable unit that doesn’t require a power cord. Depending on the acres of land, or small plot your own, being able to work independently from the power grid at times really helps.
Shovels and Rakes
Shovels and rakes are two basic tools that every homesteader should own. From digging holes and planting gardens to cleaning up debris, these tools are essential for any homestead. A rake comes in various styles for different uses, so consider one that rakes rocks and another for leaves and brush. Be sure to invest in high-quality tools that will last for years to come. 6 Ways to Use Hot Rocks in a Survival Situation
You may want to have fruit trees, bushes, or other ornamental plants on your homestead, then a pair of pruning shears is a must. These shears will help you keep your plants healthy and properly shaped. Choose pruning shears that are comfortable to hold and sturdy to use, so you can work for extended periods without discomfort. Container Gardens: Everything You Need To Know
For larger homesteads, a tractor can be an invaluable tool. A tractor can be used for everything from mowing a field or large lawn and plowing snow to hauling heavy loads and moving dirt. If you’re considering purchasing a tractor, be sure to choose one with the right horsepower and attachments for the tasks you plan to use it for.
If you plan to raise livestock on your homestead, then having the proper supplies is essential. From fencing and watering troughs to feeders and grooming supplies, there are a variety of tools and products you’ll need to properly care for your animals. Be sure to do your research and invest in high-quality supplies that will keep your animals healthy and happy. 17 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient
Pressure washers are an essential tool for any homesteader who wants to keep their property looking its best. From removing dirt and grime from buildings to cleaning up equipment, a pressure washer can make quick work of even the toughest cleaning tasks.
Consider a generator as an important backup tool that every homesteader should have. Whether you experience a power outage or need to work in an area without electricity, a generator can keep your homestead running smoothly. Be sure to choose a reliable, high-quality generator that can handle the amount of power you need. Be aware, you’ll need to consider the safe storage of fuel and how to preserve it so it doesn’t damage the generator.
What other essential tools should every homesteader consider having?
- Fence posts, large rocks, a wood stove, or a wood-burning stove
- Handy Saws – circular saw, box saw, hack saw, miter saw, coping saw, a jigsaw and wet tile saw
- Nail guns for framing and finishing work
- Pocket knife or the best knife you can find
- Solar panels
- Chicken coop
- Vacuum sealer
- Vegetable garden and garden beds
- Gallon buckets, compost bin, garden hose
- Metal rakes, garden forks, and other essential garden tools
- Cast iron Dutch oven and skillet
- Invest in one of the best meat grinders
- Mason jars, bread machine, cooking pots of various sizes, pressure cooker, water bath canner, pressure canner
- Socket wrench sets, both standard and metric
What tools are a homesteader’s best friend?
Homesteading is a fulfilling way of life, but it requires hard work and dedication. To make your homesteading journey easier and more efficient, there are several essential tools that every homesteader must have. From shovels and rakes for maintaining gardens to chainsaws for cutting firewood, and power drills for building structures, the tools you require will depend on your homesteading goals and needs. High-quality livestock supplies, a water pump, and a pressure washer for cleaning are essential. Remember to invest in reliable, durable, and high-quality tools to make your homesteading experience comfortable and more rewarding.
What do I need to know before starting a homestead?
- Research local zoning laws and regulations – Before you start building or growing on your land, make sure you are in compliance with local zoning laws and regulations.
- Choose the right location – The perfect homestead location should have access to water, and fertile soil, and be located in a favorable climate for the crops and animals you plan to raise. Things like herbs and tomatoes are pretty easy in most locations.
- Start small – It’s important to start small when starting a homestead. Choose a few projects that you can handle, and gradually expand your operation as you gain experience and have the finances to support what you may need.
- Consider your water source – Access to water is essential for any successful homestead. Consider drilling a well, developing a spring or stream on your land, or collecting rainwater.
- Learn basic survival and homesteading skills – You’ll need to learn basic homesteading skills such as gardening, animal husbandry, construction, and food preservation.
- Invest in necessary equipment and tools – Starting a homestead requires a significant investment in tools and equipment. Consider the essential tools outlined above, and invest in quality equipment that will last for years.
- Network and learn from others – Attend workshops, conferences, and local homesteading groups. Networking is an excellent way to learn from experienced homesteaders and to share your knowledge and experience with others.
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Yes, homesteading requires hard work, dedication, and an arsenal of essential tools. By investing in the ten essential tools listed, you’ll be well on your way to maximizing your homesteading potential. Remember to research each tool carefully and invest in high-quality products that will last for years to come. When it comes to homestead essentials, it’s a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, you are doing all of this work for yourself! May God Bless this world, Linda
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18 thoughts on “10 Essential Tools Every Homesteader Should Have”
Pressure washer is a “meh”. Time is a precious commodity. Hard to worry what the neighbor thinks when there’s projects to do and babies are being born, shed need repair, garden need weeding, hay needs put up, expansion projects sitting there, tractor just broke down etc etc. HOAs are for folks with time luxury not for those doing.
Tools will grow as you go.
There are ways to get by in many cases. Take bared wire fencing. A come along and a good grabber tool will get ya in most cases but if it’s 1/4 mile or more ya might need a tractor/ATV for help but if it’s a 25’ section a hammer will do to stretch it.
As I grow older my winch on my pickup becomes more useful. I can still muscle my way through some things but it shortens my day as my back grows weary. If I use the winch it takes more time but allows me to be more comfortable with pain management.
HI Matt, oh yeah a winch is the best! You know I moved out of my HOA, it was no luxury it a was pain to live there! LOL! I wish I had purchased many acres when I was younger, but never had the money, I regret it every single day. We have to live with what we have now and make do. I believe things are going to get worse, so those who do not have tools or garden equipment for their property should stock immediately. I used to have neighbors borrow a shovel or pliers or screwdrivers. I never thought much about it, but now I wonder why didn’t they have some. I mean who doesn’t have a shovel? LOL! It makes me giggle now. Life is good! Linda
The other day I found an old tool list I made back the mid 1970s and it was pretty much the same one I’d make today and very similar to your list. Some of my tools made their way to other people and back again, some went with past homes, and some I thought were lost have turned up at my son’s former vacation property where I live now. I find a two wheeled garden cart easier to use than a wheelbarrow but a wheelbarrow is easier to move over awkward ground. Unfortunately as I age my approach to moving heavy things has had to change a lot! As well as a selection of tools it’s good to have a lot of screws, bolts, hinges, hooks and other hardware so you don’t have to waste time dashing off to the store before taking on various projects. Yard sales often provide a good source of somebody else’s collection. Kind of like button jars. I avoid the jars of rusty old slot head screws full of dead spiders though! When I was a kid I used to help my dad straighten old nails, sharpen them on a hand crank grinding wheel then sort them into jars. The key is maintaining good organisation so you can find what you need quickly and easily. You can also build up a good collection by buying a few extra each time you need something. My water district doesn’t allow pressure washers for most of the year unless you use your own collected rainwater or have a well because they use too much water. Might be something to think about even if you do have your own well.
Hi Alice, I LOVE your comment, I remember the buttons and the screws and nails and bolts in jars. I have happy memories of sorting them with my dad. I hadn’t heard that power washers are not allowed to be used. That makes sense with the drought everywhere. Linda
I think that a power washer is a good investment. We bought our power washer when we lived on the East Coast and had a large koi pond in the backyard. When we got algae in the pond we had to drain most of the water and scrub the algae off with a brush and then the pond filter would help remove it. Before the power washer, we often had to do this two or three times a year. After we bought the power washer, we were able to remove more of the algae in less time and only had to do it in the spring.
Now that we live in the middle of the country, we use the power washer to wash the underside of our cars after most snows. This takes the road salt off and we have little rust or other problems with the undercarriage. Probably the reason why my Honda Odyssey is still in good shape after 23 years. Our daughter bought a 2016 Odyssey and every time they get it fixed something breaks. Currently the best car they have is my old 2001 Odyssey. Both their other cars have rust on the undercarriage from the road salt. My Odyssey will soon join them with the rust as they don’t have a power washer and are too far from us to use ours.
Another use is to wash off the large amount of spider webs we get every late summer. It would take us days to take them all down with a broom or brush, the power washer can do it in minutes. Plus we can rinse off the grime and dirt from every day living. We don’t have a HOA, but take pride in our house and driveway looking clean and neat. After all in 30 years or so, our children will have to sell our house and the better shape it is in, the more money they can make.
A winch on a truck would be nice. Hubby had one on the Bronco he owned when we got married. I would love to have one on the Ranger we have now, but it is not in the budget.
We don’t live on a homestead and own most of the tools on the list. Even in suburbia, I would love to have a tractor. The people who lived in our house before us had dogs that ran all over the backyard. We have about a 3 foot trail along the fence when they ran and now we are having trouble getting grass the grow. There is another large area where they ran all the grass away and after 7 years, we are finally getting grass to grow. If we had a tractor, we could have plowed and then raked the area to help the grass to grow.
Another tool that would be handy to have is a rototiller. Especially if you have flower or vegetable beds next to the house.
Hi Topaz, I love have an electric power washer, we have so little to power wash but it uses less water than a hose would. We only use it once or twice a year but it sure comes in handy when we need it. Linda
I don’t see that you should assume that people who own goats and pigs are hard core preppers, maybe they are interested in a renewal food sorce
HI Pam, I am not assuming anything about “hardcore preppers”, I have neighbors who live on the grid and have pigs and goats. I have friends that live on a mini farm and have goats, chickens, cows, and pigs. I’m sorry if I worded that sentence incorrectly. Linda
Hi Linda! I didn’t read anything bad into your sentence about having animals. Maybe someone is having a bad day? Anyway, we live in an HOA and I hate it. We have an acre, wish it was more. The neighbors close to us are nice people but we have some out here who think pretty highly of themselves and don’t speak to or acknowledge other people. Believe me, when the SHTF I won’t be helping them. Instead of buying that high-end car that they can’t afford, they should be buying things so they won’t be a burden to other people. I would like to build a small home on our farmland, but it’s all used to raise crops. We would be able to have animals out there, no problem.
Hi Paula, wow you have an acre, oh I would LOVE that!! So you can only raise crops but not build another small home? You can have animals, wow you are in an amazing HOA! I think I lived in two Cranky HOAs. I knew the rules when I moved into both subdivisions. The second HOA was something else. The problem was the subdivision was not run by the homeowners because they couldn’t sell 1/2 the lots in 20 years. Now the lots that they couldn’t sell are now going to be high-rise rentals. In other words, the developer still held control of the HOA. Which meant the Developer had two votes per our one vote. I’m so glad I got out of there. It sounds like you have a good one! Linda
Oh Linda! You misunderstood me (or I’m a bad writer! LOL). No, we can’t have animals in our HOA. We COULD however, if we built a house on our farmland which I would love to do. One parcel used to have a farmhouse and barn on it, but was torn down when my husband was young. He remembers going out there to visit the aunt and uncle who lived there. It’s a perfect location (to me anyway) and has a nice shelter belt on the north end to protect it.
Hi Paula, oh gotcha! I didn’t realize you had some farmland as well. I love hearing this! Linda
I would love to have goats….problem is I could never eat them! Well never say never….but I will say I have meat rabbits & chickens that will die of old age. I have a 7 year old hen that still lays an egg everyday.
Hi Hazel, I couldn’t eat a goat, Mark could, I could easily be a vegetarian. So you raise meat rabbits and chicken but you do not eat them. Do you name them? I have a friend who names his calves when he purchases each of them and raises them in a kind way before they become meat for the family. Thankfully you still get one egg a day from that 7-year-old hen. Love it! Linda
Eventually the gas will be gone. Power tools need fuel, electricity, oil etc. I prefer non power tools to collect. One tool I never hear about is the scythe. I would think this would come in very handy for cutting down weeds, grass, corn stalks, whatever.
Just a long handled mower ;). A short handled one would be nice too. I don’t know what that is called. Someone out there will know.
Hi Mary in mn, I agree we will eventually have to use non-power tools. Let’s see if someone knows what tool/machine you are talking about. Linda
Linda, as a former building contractor I have tools out the yang. But one that I now find useful is a traffic cone nailed upside down to a tree at a convenient height. Cut the tip off the cone and when you need to butcher a chicken put the bird in the cone with it’s head hanging out the cut off tip. Use a sharp knife to cut the bird’s throat and it will bleed out quickly. Much less messy than other methods.
Hi Ray, oh my gosh, what a great idea! I’m not sure I could do this, I like them packaged in the wrapper from the store. I guess I’m a city girl but a mini farmer at heart! Linda