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The utility vehicle, also called a ‘side by side’ is growing in popularity on lifestyle blocks and farms around NZ and it’s easy to see why. Like an ATV it’s small and nimble, unlike an ATV, it’s very stable and designed to carry passengers. They’re rugged, can carry and tow heavy loads, can go places your standard ute can’t but are almost as comfortable to drive as your car.
Grass is a wonderful thing. On a lifestyle farm we usually either have too much or too little and the grass that does grow is often not where we need it - on the lawn, not the paddock! This article covers the things you need to consider when buying a ride on and lists the 9 really important things you should discuss with your salesperson.
A chainsaw is an essential tool on many lifestyle farms. You can pay someone to trim trees, chop firewood and remove unwanted trees but if you have your own chainsaw you can save yourself money and help keep yourself fit too. Buying the right chainsaw is essential. This LSB Smart Buyer's Guide gives you what you need to make the right choice.
Buying a tractor, whether it's new or used, is a big investment - in terms of what you'll pay to buy it or what you'll spend on maintaining it. Or both, in some cases. There are a huge range of options when you're contemplating a tractor for a lifestyle block, options that will be influenced by individual circumstances. If you have little experience with tractors, it's easy to get confused. The most important thing is to think the purchase through before rushing in and buying.
There are many good reasons to store water. Many lifestyle farms have no access to town supply water and rely on bore or rainwater. Even if you do have access to town supply water, having a water tank for rainwater is a good idea. In some areas, having a water tank may be required when building a new house. Whatever the reason, make sure you buy the right tank for your situation.