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Grant Schultz on Appropriate Tools and Tech for the Homestead podcast from PV2  RSS feed

 
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Tools and Tech for the modern homestead presentation by Grant Schultz at PV2.

There's some really great info in the podcast if you have the time for a listen.

 
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Ok, I listened to this. Twice. The second time to try to take notes of all the things that didn't ring true to me or sounded like foolish ways to spend extra money. I was gonna add it all up, but I have already spent too much time. Here are my freehand notes from the second listen:

He starts out talking about his 140 acres
"If SHTF happens..."
Buy a Schoolbus (Midwest Transit, Chicago IL. He's owned 3 or 4 at $1500 to $4000 each)
Buy a Biolite cookstove $130
Buy a cast iron Cookstove Antique/Junk on Craigslist or shipped by your friends in Ireland. $7,000 new in USA.
Create a hot water heating system tied to the stove-- (He drops Ben Falk's name and didn't quote a price for that, but it won't be cheap or safe at the same time. He doesn't go into detail.)
Buy an Axe: BaileysOnline.com $18-$250 for an axe.
He talks a lot about his really, really good $3800 bicycle.

He drops some websites:

farmhack.net/tools
http://atomiczombie.com
www.instructables.com (but later in the podcast he does admit you have to sift hard to find worthwhile material at instructables.)

He recommends a book, "A Pattern Language" and says don't build a house like your neighbors.
He says to "experiment" with solar PV, but not go whole hog. (Because when the SHTF solar is going to be available?)
Learn how to dry food. Learn how to barter.
Another plug for farmhack.net/tools the "community" built a $3500 vegetable washer for just $400.
He recommends a "tree bar" to plant trees or bushes (looks like a wooden shovel forestrysuppliers.com) for $30-$50 but then says if you borrow, rent or buy ($900-$2500 (but don't worry, it will never lose value??) and resell) a gas powered tractor you can double your production.
Gas powered chainsaw: $500-$800, buy the best it will pay for itself in 2 hours()

$260 for a scythe onesyctherevolution.com

A double spear for your (tractor?) It moves round bales and pallets. $600-$800 new.
French hay rake(PTO) $900-$4000 used, $2500-$5500 new. He says "Google Youtube!!"

Plugs the permaculture course WWW.VERSALAND.COM really hard.

Offers trees for sale, 100 chestnut trees fr $397

Plugs a #maxpermo hashtag. (Is this something I should avoid?)

Q&A after he finishes his presentation early:

He talks about ram pumps for water movement but doesn't sound like he used one, discounts solar powered pumps because he thinks it is prone to failure but name drops Frances Tiki who uses solar PV to move water.
Talks about planting 20,000 trees with a tractor.

Talks about how to get crop failure grants from the USA government TAP program.

Waxes again about his $3800 bicycle. 14 speed!!

Tractors... Deutz, air cooled, robust. He bought a '76 (38 years old) for less than $4000, But, you are better off with a new Kubota, 0% financing!!

He drops another couple of webpages, tractorhouse.com for used tractors, searchtempest.com to search Craigslist.

Rocketstoves are crap unless you want your house to burn down, normal people aren't qualified to build their own stove.

His neighbor has a fancy sawmill, so he doesn't have to buy one.

sawmill-exchange.com for a used sawmill

He uses first cuting of hay for mulch. Local tree services give him "thousands of yards" of woodchips...(seriously?)

He plugged Wikipedia.

All the website plugs were his, not mine. I don't get paid for that.
 
We've gotta get close enough to that helmet to pull the choke on it's engine and flood his mind! Or, we could just read this tiny ad:
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