Last Updated on August 14, 2020

Having the right farming tools for your small farm will make your life way easier. They will save you time, frustration, and even your back. In the following article I want to share with you the essential farming tools you will need for your small farm.



What are some essential farming tools for a small farm?

There are some farming tools that can make your life so much easier when getting started with a farm. These include simple things like a head lamp for evening chores and a good pocket knife because you never know when you will need to cut something (like polywire or twine).

I recommend buying a good electric screwdriver because you will be building a lot of stuff yourself to save money. I also recommend a good craftsman toolkit with an assortment of various types of tools so you never have to farther than your workshop or garage to get the job done.

I would even recommend certain types of clothing like a good pair of muck boots to keep your feet warm and dry in the winter and a sweatband and a good hat to keep you cool in the summer.

If you want to know exactly which farming tools I recommend then check out this article on The Best Farm Tools for a Small Farm. In this article I recommend my favorites based on what I personally use on my own farm.

If you are looking to buy a gift for a farmer then check out this article on The Best Gifts for Farmers. It has a lot of the same essential farming tools that I recommend in the other article but make great gifts for farmers.



What garden tools do I need for a small farm?

If you are growing a garden on your farm then there are some essential garden tools that you’ll need.

Arguably the most important garden tool that you will need is a good hoe. There are actually several different types of hoes and you’ll need the one that works best for the type of gardening you are planning on doing. Check out this article on The Best Garden Hoes to learn more about each type and find the one that’s best for you.

I also highly recommend a good garden rake and garden fork, especially if you are doing any type of mulch gardening. You’ll need both of those to spread out your mulch or wood chips on your garden.

If you are growing a more traditional style of garden then you will need a really good tiller. The type of tiller you choose will depend on how large your garden is. There are some really great electric tillers out now for smaller gardens. If you have a fairly large garden then you’ll want to go with a gas tiller.

If you are going to be selling produce from your farm then you’ll need a NTEP certified scale for weighing your produce. Check out this article on The Best Produce Scales to make sure you get the right kind.



Stack of Split Wood

What tools do I need for tree work on a small farm?

The most important farming tool you’ll need for tree work is a good chainsaw. I use my chainsaw all throughout the winter and sometimes even during the summer.

For your farm, you’ll need a chainsaw that’s reliable, can cut through logs like butter, and is tough for farm work. Check out this article on The Best Farm Chainsaws to help you decide which one is right for you.

If you will be burning wood in a fireplace or a wood burning stove then you will need a reliable log splitter. Depending on how large the logs are that you will be splitting, you may be able to get away with an electric log splitter. For heavier and larger logs, you’ll probably need a gas log splitter. Check out this article on The Best Log Splitters for a Farm to help you pick out the one that will work best for you.

If you are into mulch gardening or wood chip gardening, owning a good wood chipper can be a big help. Check out this article on The Best Wood Chippers for a Farm to help you pick out a good one.



Trimming Grass Under a Fence

What tools do I need for yard work on a small farm?

One of the biggest tools you’ll need for yard work is a good mower. If you can use animals to take care of your yard then that’s great. But, if you are like me, you prefer to have at least a little space that’s off limit for animals.

If you have a larger farm with pastures or a large yard, you may need a bush hog. I use my bush hog when knocking down brush, exploring new areas, and helping to clear new fence rows.

You will also need a good weed eater, especially one that can stand up to the abuse it will receive on a farm. Check out this article on The Best Farm Weed Eaters & Weed Wackers to help you pick out the one that will work best for your farm.

Also, keeping grass from growing under your fences will be a constant battle. This is especially true if you have electric fences because you want to keep them from shorting out. Check out this article on How to Keep Grass From Growing Under a Fence to see what tools you will need to help tackle that problem.



Tash Can With Feed and Scoop

What tools do I need for my farm animals on a small farm?

If you have animals on your farm then there will be a few essential tools that you’ll need. For feed storage, you can actually use trash cans. These work especially well if you want to keep your feed next to your animals out on pasture. A metal trash can will not only keep the rain out of the feed but will also keep the predators out.

I also recommend a really good feed scoop to help you keep track of how much you are feeding your animals. Check out this article on The Best Feed Scoops to help you pick out one for your animals.

If you are going to be selling meat from your farm, you will need a good NTEP certified scale. In other words, you’ll need a scale that is certified legal for trade. Check out this article on The Best Meat Scales to help you find the right one.




I hope after reading this guide you know exactly what farming tools you need for your farm. If I have missed anything, please share in the comments what tools are essential to your small farm.



My name is Casey and I'm the creator of I created this site so I could share with you everything I know about farming and hopefully help you become a better farmer in the process.

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