The Definitive Tool Thread
With the food securely tucked in, and the PMs safely in hand, during the past month or so, we’ve been focusing on acquiring tools. . . . Much to hubby’s delight, I rarely say "no" to tool purchases, now that I can hear The Crash rumbling just over the horizon . . . So, with Spring’s arrival, and the frost out of the ground (all except you, Plickety!), I thought it might be time to start The Definitive Tool Thread.
So, my favorite newly acquired tool of the day: the machete, or should I say, The Machete? . . . How on earth did I manage without one of these all these years? What an eminently effective and elegantly simple work of art this puppy is! We picked up two of them, of different weights and designs, and they got their first workout today.
We recently felled an 80 ft Colorado spruce and a 100+ ft white pine. Both had lovely, straight or gently arching boughs, and I decided that those would be just the thing for building garden structures, such as arches, pergolas, trellises, tunnels, . . . . well, you name it, really. So I started in with my trusty Felco pruners, taking all those tiny, nasty, sappy, sticky little twigs off of each bough. I’d have to pocket the Felco to pick up my bypass loppers for the bigger twigs. Well! It didn’t take much of that to realize that I’d have enough stripped boughs to build a nice pergola by, say, October. Then I remembered the machetes . . .
What a breeze! In a single swipe . . . woosh! . . . an entire swath of the branch was bare! And with what ease! For smaller work, I could swing from the forearm, for larger swipes, I could pivot at the shoulder. What a relief for my residual carpel tunnel! (surgery done bilaterally several years ago). And this puppy has a handy hooked tip, so that I could swipe down and pick up the next bough without even bending over. For larger boughs that needed to be trimmed, I could lay the branch acoss a log, and thwap! . . . now it’s a pretty decent hachet! And when I needed to set it aside, it was easily embedded in a nearby log, with a satisfying thwunk!, so that I didn’t even have to bend over to pick it up.
Yes, Mr. Machete and I are destined for a long and productive relationship . . . .
Later, I’ll tell my tales of our new logging tools, but in the meantime, has anybody else "discovered" a new/old tool that they can’t live without?
Machetes are cool.
Hand shears, and loppers.
I’m mostly a tree guy – so pruning is a big part of the agricultural experience for me.
Not having hand shears and loppers would make a fun job a PITA.
Every man should own a handsaw, shovel, hammer and ax.
No excuses. It’s like a suit – if you don’t have said items, drop what you’re doing, and get them.
A good tool belt, tape measure and level go a long ways as well.
A hand drill is on my short list of stuff to buy as well. Power drills are fine and good – so long as there is ample electricity.
Great idea for a thread!
My fave? Splitting wedge. Though I want to get a woodsplitting axe, hand axe, and hand drill.
That’s for a post-SHTF world.
Pre? Chainsaw, powerdrill/screwdriver.
Somebody in your community is going to need a generator and a welder so that they can fix things when they break and you can’t find new stuff.
Now here’s a thread I can relate to.
One idea on tools: I have a small group of friends with different major tools (welder, etc). We never buy what someone else already has, and justify new tools if none else has it. The tools go from house to house as needed. We also try to return tools in better shape than when you borrowed it, whether it means cleaning it, sharpening it, or buying an accessory.
Now my favorite tool hands down is my Elec-Trak – google it. GE made electric garden tractors in the early 70’s that run on 6 deep-cycle 6V batteries. No gas, no fumes, no exhaust.They made tons of accessories for it. I have a mower deck, snowblower, blade, and bucket. I also have a rotary inverter that produces 110V so it’s also my backup generator. Some folks recharge their ETs off solar, which I am working towards. New versions are out there and old ones can be picked up inexpensively if you have some electrical know how.
I need to have my Adze, aka, garden cutter mattock. Axe head on one side, broad cutter head on the other. You can chop, cut, split, dig, furrow…
Maybe this website needs a Definitive Thread tool. Something that would just distill the conclusions of Definitive Threads so I could read a short version and have time to actually go out and do some work instead of sitting inside on sunny days reading….
I like my bow saw for small destructive jobs, but for carpentry I am looking into japanese hand wood working tools. I’ve used a few and really want to get some of my own. They seem to work so well.
I’ll be peak oil incorrect (POI):
Mahindra 6530 4WD with Front End Loader, Backhoe, and lotsa other gadgets.
I use it to grow and make my own diesel, which runs the tractor.