There are so many lists of homestead tools floating around out there. In fact, one of our own writers made a list. But this list by Big Family Homestead is especially interesting because it has several ideas that wouldn’t occur to most people.
For example, fence post drivers. These are a must-have for people putting up chicken wire, electric fences, or barbed wire fences with metal fence posts. Pound it into the ground a few times and in seconds you’ll be on to the next post.
They have a bunch of other great ideas, too. You can read their list below, but also be sure to check out their video at the bottom to hear their commentary.
1. Pressure Cooker – Big time saver. Makes meals fast and you can use it to can food.
2. Dish Rags – Washing cow udders, cleaning out cages, washing dishes, cleaning messes. Saves money because you don’t have to buy paper towels.
3. Insulated Gloves – You need high-quality outerwear if you’re going to be working outside in the cold. Don’t buy cheap stuff or you’ll be replacing it over and over.
4. Sewing Machine – It’s not just about making new clothes, but about fixing clothes so you don’t have to buy new clothes as often.
5. Buckets – Scoops for feed, places to make compost tea, hauling junk, and so forth.
6. Fence Post Driver – This is so much easier than digging holes. Pens have to move a lot, so instead of digging holes, use one of these.
7. Reference Materials – Even after years of experience, there are going to be plenty of things you don’t know. It’s great to have a handy reference that will teach you something you need to learn.
8. Knife – They have dozens of uses. If you’re a homesteader, you’ll find yourself using it every single day.
9. ATV – Pull a cart, plow snow, push poop, haul things around, and so forth. Most people think of them as something for fun, but they’re actually really helpful.
10. Your Mind – This one probably sounds cheesy, but it’s really true. You can’t just memorize information. You have to gain experience and learn from your mistakes.