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October Equipment Highlight

27 Oct

It is the last Thursday of the October and time for our final installment of Equipment Highlight, at least for this month. We have been looking at tools through out the month and finish up with the more traditional set of tools, hand tools.


When to comes to hand tools there are numerous brand from which to choose. As the old saying goes “you get what you pay for” is so true when talking tools. We start with the carry on your hip tool. Time was when the only tools you carried were a set of pliers and a knife. Today that has changed.




We have the multiple tools in a smaller package, goes beyond a pliers and knife. But what if you need a  more specific tool.


Aviation (42)
Awls Hooks And Picks (69)
Bit Sockets (906)
Brake (150)
Bushing / Seal (167)
Cutting (78)
Cylinder (11)
Diesel (100)
Drive Line (86)
Electrical / Electronic Service (153)
Engine Service (92)
Exhaust (13)
Extensions (239)
Extractors (317)
Files (80)
General Service Sets (73)
Hammers (98)
Headlamp (6)
Heavy Duty Truck Tools And Equipment (27)
High Performance / Spline (155)
Measuring (143)
Mirrors / Pick Up Tools (62)
Motorcycle Service Tools And Equipment (26)
Nut Splitters And Cable Cutters (10)
O.E.M. Set Building (8)
Piston (22)
Pliers (244)
Prybars (77)
Pullers (629)
Punches / Chisels (144)
Ratchet And Socket Accessories (127)
Ratchets (146)
Scrapers / Putty Knives (64)
Screwdrivers (758)
Set Building (52)
Sockets (1/2″ Drive) (572)
Sockets (1/4″ Drive) (419)
Sockets (3/4″, 1″, 1-1/2″, 2-1/2″ Drive) (519)
Sockets (3/8″ Drive) (653)
Spark Plug (54)
Thread Restoring (149)
Threading (305)
Tire And Wheel (246)
Torque (831)
Tubing (33)
Valve (52)
Wheel / Axle Pullers (44)
Wheel Alignment (100)
Wrenches (1715)


Have a certain tool in mind or a job.

A typical hammer, but when the job needs just that right amount of “adjustment”.


Maybe a good wrench set needed. SAE or metric, large or small.


These come in all shapes and sizes. But lets not forget about the screwdrivers, not the specialized one mentioned in earlier posts but the traditional ones.




Large ones, smaller ones, precision ones. What will it take to get you job done?

But lets not forget about the socket sets,



Small, medium, large because it takes every size to get the job done.


The are probably as many tool choices for agriculture as there are uses in agriculture for the tool. The AGTV Network hopes you have enjoyed our look at tools throughout the month of October. Check back in November as we continue are Equipment Highlight.




October Equipment Highlight

25 Oct

It is time for the Tuesday edition of Equipment Highlight. In the world of tools for agriculture some folks may think of only a wrench, socket set or screwdriver as a “tool”. Well today there are several types of screws used to hold together the parts and pieces.


Yes there are the old standby of phillips and standard head screwdrivers. These are still in use today for many applications. But there are a few new types out there that may need to find their way into your tool box.




These are just a few of the different “screwdrivers” types that keep popping up.





While it may be hard to see there are torx screwdrivers. Or if you want an “L” shaped torx
A more traditional tool,


Allen 22PC Fractional/Metric Combo Hex Key Set Long & Short Series      Klein Tools 76220 T-Handle Hex-Key - 4 Blade Length x 5/16 Hex   

The familiar “L” shape is common. These are also available “T” handle or pop onto a socket driver.


A set of torx setup for use on your socket driver. Note the extra length, comes in handy when that screw is recessed.



The “tools” edition of  Equipment Highlight comes to a close on Thursday.



October Equipment Highlight

20 Oct

Today marks another edition of the October Equipment Highlight. For this Thursday’s edition we continue our look at tools for agriculture industry. Sometimes you need to get a grip on the job at hand. Depending upon the task at hand may require a serious tool. Today we look at all manner of tools to get a grip on the task.


We start with vices.



The typical bench vice. but they come in all shapes and sizes.


Need a vice to hold a pipe, here is one.



Maybe woodworking is your task at hand.


But a bench vice is a tool for holding that work in place. Maybe an actual hand tool is what you are needing.

The all around always handy locking pliers. They coming in many sizes for your job.


If welding the task at hand then check out these special locking pliers.



Does your operation deal with pallets? This grip comes in very handy to move those pallets around the shed.



If your task is more delicate then tools exist for that as well.



Maybe the task at hand requires a tool to grip while you use other tools. A portable work bench may be just the ticket.


If the job is smaller then a quick type clamp may solve the problem, these come in a variety of shapes and sizes.





So it is easy to see that when a good grip is needed that the selection is awesome. But just remember that a farmer or ranchers but gripping tool may just be…




The good old stand by pair of pliers.


So remember to get a grip! The AGTV Network hopes you enjoy the Equipment Highlights on each Tuesday and Thursday.



October Equipment Highlight

18 Oct

It is Tuesday and time for another edition of our Equipment. We continue with our look at tools used for agriculture. Our topic is chain saws, a most useful tool for your agriculture operation.


When talking chain saws they come in all shape and sizes. Electric and gas powered model, you may even see a few custom models used for sport sawing. Here we will look at saws for you local forest.


Lets start with Stihl, they offer a full range of saws from occasional use to professional. Most jobs, outside of forestry service work can probably be handled by occasional use or mid range saw.



The MS 170 is a good starter for occasional use.


MS 170 Chain Saw
DISPLACEMENT 30.1 cc (1.8 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 1.3 kW (1.7 bhp)
WEIGHT (powerhead only) 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 250 cc (8.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 145 cc (4.9 oz.)
(Recommended ranges)
30 to 40 cm (12″ to 16″)
Note: STIHL recommends #3610 (61 PMMC3 50) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 14″ 3005 008 3909 guide bar combination.
This lightweight chain saw is designed for occasional
wood-cutting tasks around the home.


MS 250


Need a bit more bite to your saw then try the MS 250


MS 250 Chain Saw
DISPLACEMENT 45.4 cc (2.77 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 2.2 kW (3.0 bhp)
WEIGHT (powerhead only) 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 470 cc (15.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 200 cc (6.8 oz.)
45 cm (18″)
NOTE: STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RMC3 68) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 18” 3005-008-4717 Ematic™ guide bar combination.
Great power-to-weight ratio.
Designed for firewood cutting and around-the-home tasks.

But lets say you need some more serious teeth to your cutting tasks.

MS 280


The MS 280 is a step in the right direction.

MS 280 Chain Saw
DISPLACEMENT 54.7 cc (3.33 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 2.7 kW (3.6 bhp)
WEIGHT (Powerhead only) 5.3 kg (11.7 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 520 cc (17.6 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
40 to 50 cm (16″ to 20″)
Note: STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RMC3 67) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 16″ 3003 008 6813 Ematic™ guide bar combination.
Equipped with the STIHL IEM System (Intelligent Engine Management).

Maybe Stihl doesn’t “make the cut for you”, another option is the McCulloch Brand



The MCC1514 electric model, great if you are a hobby farmer and looking to do smaller cutting.

Product specifications

Power output 1.5 hp
Cutting equipment
Bar length 14 “

If gas is still a requirement then check out


The MC4218AV


Cylinder displacement 42 cc
Bar length 18 “
Model no. Description

Regardless of the job, a chain saw comes in very handy for getting that job cut down to size. As always safety must come first when operating a chain saw, proper training and personal protective equipment is necessary for operation.


October Equipment Highlight

13 Oct

Time for the Thursday Edition of Equipment Highlight. There are times when you need a power tool to get the job done. Today the focus is on cordless power tools. As with all tools used in agriculture there are several choices.


We start with combination kits, a tool for most every job.



Kits also come in hard case design as well.

A point to note. Battery technology has come a long way since the power tools were invented. There was a time when ni-cad battery was the only choice. Today li-ion is the power source of choice. These battery charge faster and don’t have a memory.


But back to tool choices.


An impact drive for getting into those tight spaces.



Sometimes the tool may not a traditional cordless power tool, you can keep your weeds trimmed.


Need to do some nailing. Cordless power hits the mark again.


Or when wood needs some cutting for a precise fit.



If you bench needs a cleaning then here is a choice.


The list of cordless tools can go on and on. Your local hardware store has a selection or find the tool of choice on line.