Tool Recommendations For the Prepared Household
Finding both a treadle operated griding wheel and a crank operated grinder would be good insurance if you end up in a long term grid down situation.
Simple, easily repaired tools should be the core of your iron age arsenal. Building out from there with complexity assumes a higher division of labor economy than might exist as energy costs climb.
Building up skills with black smithing would provide long term profitable business opportunities. Horses must have hooves shod, etc.
For hauling gas you should equip the prius with a receiver style hitch and get or make a receiver style carrier. This can carry a few hundred pounds. Helper spings for the rear axle are also a good idea. Beats blowing up a perfectly usable Prius unecessarily.
I saw a perfectly usable horse drawn haying machine as yard art in a rural area. I should probably go back and make an offer. For starters, I could use some yard art.
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I think medical supplies of all kinds will be good to have on hand.
This probably belongs on the book thread but I will post it here and someone can repost it if they wish.
I got this book 50 years ago and it is an excellent resource if you find yourself uot in the wilderness. It does list quite a few tools you might wish to have on hand , knife, axe, etc. It is almost 100 years old so some equipment is dated.
ex. how to fold a piece of paper (bark) and boil water in it over a fire.
3 weapons? What is the lprobability? And who is going to come get them during this long emergency?
Ready: Hammers; claw, an axe, small sledge, large sledge. Pry bars; small and large flat, crows foot bar and a 24 and 36 inch crow bar. saws; large compound miter (10″ or better), a 7.25″ rip saw, portable table saw, couple size hand saws, bow saw and pruning saw and a very good chain saw. Preferably a Stiel. Drills; Try De Walt cordless. Purchase during Black Friday events. Buy the bag set with full 1/2″ torch and impact drill units combined with a demolition saw plus a flashlight, two batteries and a charger. Purchase metal, wood and ceramic bits up to at least 1/2 inch plus wood paddle bits to an 1.5″. Buy additional large set of various blades for the demo. saw. Purchase several boxes of tips for the drills including flat, Phillips, torx, square and Allen.
Chisels: Wood and ceramic. Buy a set of each.
Gloves: Lots for hand protection and cold weather work.
Generator: Small portable and powerful.
Hand tools: Buy a Craftsman mechanics set with standard and metric sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers and various drivers i.e. 1/4 , 3/8, and 1/2 inch with extensions.
Ropes, a come a long, extention cords, several step stools and various size step ladders, along with an extention ladder with a stand-off and leg levelers.
A couple levels with one at 6 feet.
A couple squares, a chalk box, lots of builders pencils and markers.
Metal stakes, screws, nails, nuts and bolts, wooden and composite shims, drops cloths, tarps, electrical conduit, switches, outlets, Volt OHM meter, black electrical tape, wire nuts and staples.
This my short list…..If you want the long list.
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Speaking of weapons, blowing up things is not always desirable but sometimes helpful.
Wood and/or garbage gassifiers are very useful. Caveat is methane has no natural smell and is quite flammable.
Mankind’s real ‘advantage’ over other organisms boils down to harnessing fire. The knowledge of how do that from setting a fire in the rain to the art of making gun powder would be very useful.
Oil press for food oil.
WD40 (or 333).
A fish tape.
Wire brushes, both manual and rotary to fit in an electric drill