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12 Essential Farm Tools
Tools Special 2016
Successful Farming’s Machinery Editor, Dave Mowitz, and Advanced Technology Editor, Laurie Bedord, present the 2016 Machinery Show Annual Tools Special. Dave and Laurie have selected 12 cool tools you’ll want on your farm.
CRAFTSMAN EXTREME GRIP WRENCHES
These wrenches from Craftsman provide five times more gripping power with its movable jaws. Fitting 12 sizes of standard and metric fasteners, the box end comes with a locking cam. Available with a lifetime guarantee, the 5-piece set retails for $59.99.
MILWAUKEE ADJUSTABLE WRENCH
Milwaukee engineers designed this wrench to not loosen or back off during use. With a proprietary adjustment screw, more threads and tight tolerances, this model offers a much finer adjustment knurl. Available in 6-, 8-, 10-, 12- and 15-inch models. Lifetime warranty. Price not available at this time.
MILWAUKEE HEX JAW PLIERS
An ideal fit on hex bolts and fasteners, these pliers provide 26 positions for a precise fit and quick adjust mechanism. Comes with a lifetime warranty and available in 8-, 10-, and 12-inch sizes. The 10-inch model retails for $17.97.
CRAFTSMAN EXTREME GRIP SOCKETS
Designed for better fit and grip, these Craftsman sockets offer 14 times more gripping power on rounded fasteners with its serrated jaw. The sockets fit standard and metric fasteners. Priced at $39.99 with a lifetime guarantee.
These 3/8 and ½ inch pear head ratchets from Dewalt offer a 5° arc swing. With a slim head design for constricted areas, the ratchet offers a 72-tooth gear system for high-torque ratcheting. An ergonomically-designed handle provides slip resistance plus chrome vanadium construction for strength and durability. Lifetime warranty included. Priced at $39.99.
BOLT LOCKING SYSTEM
This one-key technology lock set is programmed to a vehicle’s ignition key. When a truck key is inserted into the BOLT lock, plate tumblers uniquely code the lock to that ignition-specific key. A receiver hitch lock, hitch coupler pin lock, 2-inch padlock, and cable lock come with this system. Ignition key lock set comes with a lifetime warranty and is priced at $21.99.
ECHO CHAIN SAW
This chain saw from Echo is equipped with a 58-volt battery, 16-inch long blade, and a 4-amp hour battery. Making 112 cuts on a 6-inch diameter log between recharges, this saw competes against its 16-inch gas counterparts in power and run time. The system has triple protection electronics to prevent overcharging, overheating, and overloading. The saw, charger, and battery are available for $299. A five-year consumer warranty and two-year commercial warranty are offered.
ORION 5000 ENGINE & FUEL TREATMENT
This synthetic lubricant from Orion can be added to fuel or engine oil to counteract the affects of ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. Reducing friction, heat, and wear, the treatment cleans the fuel line, crankcase, and fuel injectors. The containers come in one quart up to one gallon, with the 2-liter container able to treat up to 676 gallons of fuel. Available for $75.
AMSOIL SYNTHETIC AIR TOOL OIL
AMSOIL Synthetic Air Tool Oil lubricates rotary and piston-type air tool bearings and motors, while managing moisture and conditioning rubber and plastic seals and O-rings. Reduces wear and ensures air tools run smooth. A four-ounce bottle is available for $4.45.
WORX SWITCHDRIVE DRILL & DRIVER
This drill from Worx features two ¼ in. chucks that rotate 180° with the push of a button. With a 20-volt battery, it features a two-speed gear box with a top speed of 1,500 rpm. Capable of drilling a 1-inch hole in wood or a 3/8-inch hole in steel, this drill weighs three pounds and has with an LED work light. Available for $119.99.
KEN-TOOL TRUCK AXLE NUT SOCKETS
Ken-Tool has designed sockets for removing and installing axle nuts for the most common trucks. Available in a wide variety of sizes from 3 1/2-inch up to 4 3/4-inches. Sockets work for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks. The 3 1/4-inch, 8-point socket retails for $35.75 and has a lifetime warranty.
BEAR & SON CUTLERY OPS KNIFE
This 5-inch stiletto from Bear & Son is a high-density stainless steel knife with outstanding wear and corrosion resistance. Its CPM steel is a premium grade with superior edge qualities. Weighing 2 1/2 ounces, it features a T6 aluminum handle, pocket clip, and opens with one hand. Comes with a lifetime guarantee and sells for $114.99.
Be sure to tune in to the Machinery Show each week on RFD-TV. The show airs every Thursday at 9 p.m., Friday at 1 a.m., and Sunday at 10 p.m. (All times are Eastern.)