I wanted to know what everyone's favorite versatile multi tools.
My favorites right now,
6 inch grub hoe- practically replaces all my other hoes, my shovel, my mattock, and rake in most situations.
20 inch concrete rake- does a better job raking out big dirt clods and leveling than a rock rake. Useful as a wide hoe in loose soils and the hook on the backside digs nice little furrows for planting seeds.
Russian plezkorez hoe- awesome for detail weeding and a useful alternative to a pointed hoe for digging furrows for seeds.
Hand held mattock- quick and easy planting of transplants.
Hari Kari knife- has replaced most of my hand held garden tools for most tasks.
What are your favorites and what tasks do they make easier?
Once i started carrying a knife, it became a valuable tool. So much so that I broke 2 of them. One using as a screwdriver, the other digging holes for transplants(used its leverage to pop out a small rock).
I ended up hammering my own knife from a plow and it takes a beating daily.
My cedar eater is basically a pruner that can cut flush to the ground while standing up. I use it to clear baby junipers , thorny vines, and other small debris. It can also be used over head, just not as quickly. I am clearing out a thicket in a ravine and replanting with fruit and nut trees. This does it at a relaxing pace.
Living on land, many tools are necessary, but maybe not as obviously “versatile” as others. These I'm listing are some that occurred to me straight off as super versatile. Some are more basic (low tech) than others, of course…
long-handled spade shovel
16-oz claw hammer
18v cordless drill
oxy-acetylene torch rig
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Without a doubt, not even close, my most used and useful tool on my homestead is my cordless electric hammer drill. So many applications, so many times it has made my projects possible. I love my Kubota tractor, but the number of times I've gone to my cordless electric hammer drill is ridiculous.
Number one has to be my pocket knife. Current one has a small straight blade and Phillips screw driver on it and has saved countless steps. Then in no particular order, shovel, pitch fork, wheel barrow, post hole diggers... All used regularly... The cordless drill, loppers, chain saw, axe, hammer... Prob next most used.
My billhook gets a lot of use throughout the winter months; coppicing, hedge laying, snedding trees... A hook that's fits your hand perfectly and is just the right weight for you makes for a joyful tool using experience!
Other tools I find to be versatile are mattocks, knives, spades and wheelbarrows. A pry bar or digging bar has come in handy many times when extra leverage has been required too.
Oh, and fencing pliers can come in handy too.
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
My grub hoe is at the top of the list. I bought it mainly for saplings, but it makes short work of any unwanted growth, including english ivy and blackberry. Also great for digging and mounding up beds. Next on the list is the 3-prong, long-handled cultivator, also good for raking and moving prickly trimmings and yard waste.
Mine is my Wallenstein Log Trailer. It is expensive, but it is a Homesteader Jackknife. It cost more then the tractor that pulls it, but well worth it. There is not one day that goes by that I do not use it. It is...
Log Loader Trailer
1 Cubic Yard Dump Trailer
Post Hole Driller
Upside Down FirewoodSplitter Feller-Buncher
Lifts and hauls round bales
As a full-time farmer, I do my best work with a hoe, but what does that say about my wife Katie?