34 Essential Tools For Off-Grid Homesteading – Off The Grid Supplies

You’ll want to check your inventory of homesteading tools and off the grid supplies after you read this post.

34 Essential Tools For Off-Grid Homesteading - Off The Grid Supplies
To be a successful homesteader, or a Off Grid Survival Guru, as I like to call them, you can’t always rely on your own two hands.  Sometimes you need something a little bit sharper or a little bit more powerful. Tools have all been invented for a purpose, and that purpose is to help aid us in a task so we can become more efficient.

Don’t get me wrong – I may not be the biggest fan of some tools, and how they’ve taken away from the art of truly making something from hand…  For example: the apple slicer. Yes, there is such thing as an apple slicer! It is a very bulky piece of metal that hogs valuable kitchen space and serves only 1 purpose: to slice an apple!! Slicing an apple isn’t even difficult, I can do it myself in less than 60 seconds. I digress.

All complaints aside,  I have to agree that I am thankful for the assistance many tools serve… Here I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites. So double check the shed and make sure you have everything you need to be a practical and effective homesteader, with these homesteading tools! Tools to help living off the land, and making the most of all your resources that much easier.

34 Homesteading Tools You’ll Need

1. A Good Knife

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A Good Knife is a must.

A knife is the #1 tool anyone should have. A sharp blade comes in handy for many occasions, cutting, slicing, dicing, stabbing, shaving, piercing, dividing, distressing, etc.

 

2. An Axe

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An Axe is an essential tool.

One nice axe is all you need. Ideal for chopping firewood, a homestead must.

3. A Hammer

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If I had a hammer…

Hammers are a necessary instrument for assembling, and hanging. The hammer makes building possible.

4. A Drill

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Be sure to have a drill.

A drill is essential to speed up the building process. A wireless drill will help keep things clean.

5. A Barrel

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For barrels of fun

A barrel is ever so convenient for the homesteader. Try creating your own rain harvesting or greywater system with a barrel. Use it to store things, and use it as a table! (Yes, I know a barrel isn’t really a tool – but it’s essential for homesteading, so I had to keep it!)

6. A Wagon

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Wagons make life easier.

A wagon is ideal for toting around your gear and your goods. You’ll find it extremely useful.

7. A Sawmill

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A sawmill is essential for advanced builders.

A sawmill is another one of those tools that aren’t *really* necessary, unless of course you plan on needing lots and lots of wood. A sawmill will be extremely helpful for slicing your wood into manageable pieces for construction. Carpenters & Contractors, this one’s for you.

8. A Set of Pliers

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Every homesteader should have a good set of pliers.

A good ol’ set of pliers will help you out for all the bending, cutting, and wire-wrangling you’ll be doing. Essential for gardeners and farmers.

9. Nails

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Everyone needs nails

Nails. You’ll need nails as a quick fix for anything. They can do anything a staple gun can do, it just takes them longer. (Which is why we recommend the staple gun…).

10. Staple Gun

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Staples, that was easy.

A staple gun can help quickly hack things together. Whether it’s fabric, wood, carpet, drywall, roofing… punch and done.

11. Solar Panels

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Build your own solar panels

Solar Panels are a homestead must-have! Soak up the natural (and FREE) elements from Mother Earth to power your home. Learn to make your own here.

12. A Wind Generator

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Generate your own energy

Wind Turbines also harness earth’s natural elements to provide energy for the home. Read our post on the topic, and learn how to make your own. Here

13. Tape Measure

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Measure twice, cut once with a tape measure.

You’ll need a tape measure for all your building and scaling needs. Measure twice, cut once.

14. A Tractor

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Have a lot of land? A Tractor is a must.

Though a tractor is not for small yards, anyone with more than a few acres will find the tractor extremely helpful to do the day’s work.

15. Safety Glasses

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Be prepared, with safety goggles.

Protect one of the most important organs of your body – your eyes! Always wear safety goggles when cutting, chopping, sawing, or really anything that deals with fine objects or sharp objects.

16. Pipe Wrench

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A pipe wrench simplifies mechanics.

A pipe wrench comes in handy for… you guessed it, pipes. A necessary tool for plumbing and other mechanical fixes.

17. Combination Wrench

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Combination Wrench Set.

The combination wrench, like the pipe wrench, is essential for around-the-house fixes and tune ups. Get both, or choose one or the other. Depends on how many tools you want in your shed.

18. Rope

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Rope.

Homesteaders will find the rope extremely useful for many purposes. Use to pull, hang, and tie up your work. Also use it as an easy decor solution.

19. Rake

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Rake.

Anyone with a yard should have a rake. Useful for raking up leaves, digging up dirt, etc.

20. Wood Chisel

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Wood Chisel.

Be sure to have a nice wood chisel handy for any needs around the home. The chisel can be used to shape and carve just about anything.

21. Earmuffs

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Utility Earmuffs.

Earmuffs are key for those with loud machinery, and firearms. Please protect your ears and invest in a pair.

22. Extension Cord

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Extension Cord.

If you do not have an extension chord in your homestead, drop everything and go order one right now. An extension chord can help simplify tasks, it can also help chord-dependent objects reach much farther locations. Extensions chord help in a great deal of situations, whether it’s vacuuming, or hanging up lights, having 1, 2, or 10 handy will be very useful around the homestead.

23. Ladder

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Ladder.

A ladder is essential for safely reaching new heights.

24. Shovel

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Shovel.

A good shovel is necessary for the garden, and digging just about anything.

25. Crow Bar

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Crow Bar.

Crowbars are extremely helpful for lifting up heavy things. Commonly used in masonry, but useful for other purposes as well.

26. Allen Wrench

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Allen Wrench.

Keep your allen wrench set handy for any nuts and bolts with the hex socket.

27.  Circular Saw

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Circular Saw.

A circular saw will be convenient for cutting up wood for crafts, fire, and construction. If you want to cut tile, or even glass, look into different blades. Research the project and the blade before you perform any cutting task, and always use safety goggles.


Here are some blade buying tips: 

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28. Level

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Level

 

A level is useful for any kind of construction, whether indoors or outdoors.

29. Palm Sander

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Hand Sander simplifies projects.

A palm sander will simplify any wood projects. Whether finishing, or refinishing, this baby may seem unnecessary, but the amount of surface it can sand vs. the amount you can sand with your own muscle is significantly greater.

30. Toolbox

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Get a toolbox to maximize storage.

A Toolbox, for obvious reasons. Must keep your gadgets and gear in line!

31. Combination Square

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A combination square comes in handy for building anything.

A combination square is an important tool for aligning, calculating, and measuring for various projects. I highly recommend this tool for anyone who builds anything!

32. Socket Wrench

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Socket Wrench.

Socket wrench makes tightening small parts, and big parts that much easier. Necessary for anyone operating on machinery, or plumbing, or engines…

33. Hose

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Hose. image

A hose, a hose, my kingdom for a hose. A hose can be used for more than just gardening, have spare houses handy for siphoning water and other liquids via the suction method.

34. Screw Driver

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Screw Driver.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the screwdriver. The screwdriver is a homesteader’s right hand man. Use it for quick screws and fixes. Unconventional uses include opening paint tins, making marks on wood and metal, etc.

 That sums up just 34 sharpest tools in the shed. Though they may not all be sharp, they are all extremely useful and serve 1 or more purposes – so I highly recommend picking one (or more) of each up on your next trip to the hardware store.

Now of course, the point of having tools is to use them, not to collect them. So please only order the one’s that are truly necessary for your own homesteading needs. We’ve tried to round up as many generic tools as we can, but we may have gone a little overboard, or perhaps missed a few. Let us know your own suggestions in the comments, we’d love to know what tools you use everyday, or, what tools just sit there? Let us know!

We love to hear tips and suggestions from you guys! We love doing DIY homesteading projects and becoming more self-reliant by learning more about how everything works around the homestead. That’s why Off Grid Survival Guru was created. We want all folks looking to lead a self-sufficient life, either on a homestead or in an urban environment, to come together and learn from each other! Of course, we welcome your help in creating a community of homesteaders.  Come and share your homesteading tips and ideas, recipes and expect the best advice on self-reliance and homesteading trials from our team of long-time homesteaders, self-reliant wilderness, and preparedness experts. Want to write forOff Grid Survival Guru? Shoot us an e mail and make sure to stay in touch on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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2 thoughts on “34 Essential Tools For Off-Grid Homesteading – Off The Grid Supplies

  • February 21, 2016 at 4:57 pm
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    I like this. Great job.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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      Thank you Andy im glad you enjoyed this article!

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