To be a successful homesteader, you can’t always rely on your own two hands. Sometimes you need something a little bit sharper or a little bit more powerful. Tools have all been invented for a purpose, and that purpose is to help aid us in a task so we can become more efficient.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite tools to have on the homestead.
A Good Knife
A knife is the #1 tool anyone should have. A sharp blade comes in handy for many occasions, cutting, slicing, dicing, stabbing, shaving, piercing, dividing, distressing, etc.
One nice axe is all you need. Ideal for chopping firewood, a homestead must.
Hammers are a necessary instrument for assembling, and hanging. The hammer makes building possible.
A drill is essential to speed up the building process. A wireless drill will help keep things clean.
A barrel is ever so convenient for the homesteader. Try creating your own rain harvesting or greywater system with a barrel. Use it to store things, and use it as a table! (Yes, I know a barrel isn’t really a tool – but it’s essential for homesteading, so I had to keep it!)
A wagon is ideal for toting around your gear and your goods. You’ll find it extremely useful.
A sawmill is another one of those tools that aren’t *really* necessary, unless of course you plan on needing lots and lots of wood. A sawmill will be extremely helpful for slicing your wood into manageable pieces for construction. Carpenters & Contractors, this one’s for you. Others, see: saw, below. Follow this link to learn how to make your own!
A good set of pliers will help you out for all the bending, cutting, and wire-wrangling you’ll be doing. Essential for gardeners and farmers.
Nails. You’ll need nails as a quick fix for anything. They can do anything a staple gun can do, it just takes them longer. (Which is why I recommend the staple gun).
A staple gun can help quickly hack things together. Whether it’s fabric, wood, carpet, drywall, roofing… punch and done.
Solar Panels are a homestead must-have! Soak up the natural (and FREE) elements from Mother Earth to power your home. Learn to make your own here.
You’ll need a tape measure for all your building and scaling needs. Measure twice, cut once.
Though a tractor is not for small yards, anyone with more than a few acres will find the tractor extremely helpful to do the day’s work.
Protect one of the most important organs of your body – your eyes! Always wear safety goggles when cutting, chopping, sawing, or really anything that deals with fine objects or sharp objects.
A pipe wrench comes in handy for… you guessed it, pipes. A necessary tool for plumbing and other mechanical fixes.
Wrenches, no not witches!
The combination wrench, like the pipe wrench, is essential for around-the-house fixes and tune ups. Get both, or choose one or the other. Depends on how many tools you want in your shed.
Homesteaders will find the rope extremely useful for many purposes. Use to pull, hang, and tie up your work. Also use it as an easy decor solution. (101 Things You Can do with a Rope Around the House Post Coming Soon!)
Anyone with a yard should have a rake. Useful for raking up leaves, digging up dirt, etc.
Be sure to have a nice wood chisel handy for any needs around the home. The chisel can be used to shape and carve just about anything.
Earmuffs are key for those with loud machinery, and firearms. Please protect your ears and invest in a pair.
If you do not have an extension chord in your homestead, drop everything and go order one right now. An extension chord can help simplify tasks, it can also help chord-dependent objects reach much farther locations. Extensions chord help in a great deal of situations, whether it’s vacuuming, or hanging up lights, having 1, 2, or 10 handy will be very useful around the homestead.
A ladder is essential for safely reaching new heights.
A good shovel is necessary for the garden, and digging just about anything.
Crowbars are extremely helpful for lifting up heavy things. Commonly used in masonry, but useful for other purposes as well.
Keep your allen wrench set handy for any nuts and bolts with the hex socket.
A circular saw will be convenient for cutting up wood for crafts, fire, and construction. If you want to cut tile, or even glass, look into different blades. Research the project and the blade before you perform any cutting task, and always use safety goggles.
Here are some blade buying tips: via Lowes
A level is useful for any kind of construction, whether indoors or outdoors.
A palm sander will simplify any wood projects. Whether finishing, or refinishing, this baby may seem unnecessary, but the amount of surface it can sand vs. the amount you can sand with your own muscle is significantly greater.
A Toolbox, for obvious reasons. Must keep your gadgets and gear in line!
A combination square is an important tool for aligning, calculating, and measuring for various projects. I highly recommend this tool for anyone who builds anything! Read more practical uses, here!
Socket wrench makes tightening small parts, and big parts that much easier. Necessary for anyone operating on machinery, or plumbing, or engines…
A hose, a hose, my kingdom for a hose. A hose can be used for more than just gardening, have spare houses handy for siphoning water and other liquids via the suction method.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the screwdriver. The screwdriver is a homesteader’s right hand man. Use it for quick screws and fixes. Unconventional uses include opening paint tins, making marks on wood and metal, etc.
That sums up the sharpest tools in my shed. Though they may not all be sharp, they are all extremely useful and serve 1 or more purposes – so I highly recommend picking one (or more) of each up on your next trip to the hardware store.
Now of course, the point of having tools is to use them, not to collect them. So please only order the one’s that are truly necessary for your own homesteading needs. I have tried to round up as many generic tools as I can, but I may have gone a little overboard, or perhaps missed a few.
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