Machines and technology from rural America
The first 40 days living in an off-grid home.

Backyard Blacksmithing (Video)
David Hadl is a seasoned backyard blacksmith whose shop includes a variety of tools that most might consider antiques.
hot melt
How to Clean your Hot Melt Equipment
Hot melt adhesives are fantastic for DIY projects because they bond to just about anything, dry or cure quickly, and are extremely versatile.
Farm Machinery: Equipment Rental vs. Purchase
Do the math to know for certain whether purchasing or renting equipment and farm machinery makes more sense for your situation.

Browse more great rural know-how in the GRIT archives: Tools

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DIY Pothole Repair Front-End Loader Attachment

With a little cutting and welding, make your own pothole repair attachment for your front-end loader.


Tips for Buying a Cordless Drill


Benjamin BaerBackyard Baers

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