Susan Mené wrote:Hi! Hatchet, axe, and splitting wedge. My feet and my eyes--I'm a novice and I'm "surveying the land" so to speak.
Jim Guinn wrote:How about snow shovel...
Trace Oswald wrote:Headlamp. It's dark in the morning when I take care of animals, and it's dark when I get off work and need to take care of animals. My headlamp stays in my coat pocket all winter long...
Steve Thorn wrote:Awesome picture Travis!
I need to pull out my chainsaw too and do the same thing!
Ryan Sleep wrote:I'd like to recommend to the ergonomic shovels with the bend in them make shoveling snow manually so so so much easier I can move more snow longer.
Nicole Alderman wrote:Mine are definitely my pruning shears, loppers and machete. Winter is the best time to hack back at my salmonberries and invasive blackberries that are always trying to take over everything else.
Ryan Sleep wrote:I'd like to recommend to the ergonomic shovels with the bend in them make shoveling snow manually so so so much easier I can move more snow longer
Also a Snow Brum for wiping off my solar panels it's just a rectangle of foam it comes with a short pole but I bought a 20 foot telescoping Pole to put it on so I can wipe off solar panels that are high up without getting on ladders and such in the ice and snow
Oh and let's not forget the battery pack Black & Decker chainsaw I have a full set of Black & Decker battery tools I love all of them I've had some of them for years and I beat them up and they keep kicking
Jeremy Hector wrote:I bring in my hand tools as well, my chisels and planes.
Travis Johnson wrote:My most used tool in the winter continues to be my farm Tractor. That is fine, it does a lot of work, but I think when I build my new barn, I am going to incorporate Gantry Tractor so that it will be all electric (no starting a diesel engine in the winter), as well as having the ability to feed, bed, and clean out around the sheep all from above so that they I do not need to move sheep around to different pens like I do with a tractor.
If you skip through the video, you can see where the Gantry Tractor has different attachments. Myself, I would just make a homemade Gantry Tractor out of a used up man lift chassis or a mini-excavator, obvious reworking the wheel/track drive, and swapping out the diesel engine to electric.
Steve Thorn wrote:That is some amazing technology, I would hate to see the price tag on some of that stuff!
John Paulding wrote:Well I'm clearing for a perimeter fence so this winter, it's a chainsaw although towards then end of winter it will change to a splitter.
Since I'm a tick & chigger magnet, I've figured out I need to do as mush as I can in the woods during winter and stay out of the woods when the little bastards are awake.
Roberto pokachinni wrote:i use gaiters on my boots. If you are not familiar with them, they attach to your legs over your pants below your knees, and go down over your boots covering your laces. A strap under the boot as well as a hook that attaches to a D-ring at the base of the lace area hold the gaiters on or the hook goes straight on the laces if there is no D-ring on the boots. Gaiters are either laced up, buttoned or snapped (old style) or velcroed on (modern). The purpose of the gaiters is to keep deep snow out of your boots. They are indispensible for me in my trail building project this winter. Here's an example:
Mike Barkley wrote:So far it's mostly been chainsaw, axe, sledge hammer, & metal wedge for processing firewood. Used the loppers to clear some blackberry & other small plants that were interfering. Hopefully the least common needed this winter will be the ice spikes.
Roberto pokachinni wrote:Another thing that I have used a few times this winter (though it has not been an especially cold winter), is my heated vest. As an outdoor welder, this battery-powered bad boy will keep my core warm even in a blizzard if I layer up properly around it. I'm sometimes sitting in one spot for hours (thus not generating heat from muscle action) and, being a small guy I don't have a lot of body mass to hold any of my heat. Usually, I layer up starting with a base layer, then the vest, then heavy wool, then a cotton hoodie, with hood on over a wool balaclava, then a windbreaker of either fire resistant plastic or heavy leather (depending on the moisture content of the snow blowing on me). I don't rely on the vest, however; I always have extra layers of wool in the truck, and I know how to create heat fast with certain body movements like deep squats, lunges, or (if necessary) short sprints.