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Running the Farm : LSB Smart Buyers' Guide to..

Use these article to help you to ask the right questions and buy the right tools.

There are hundreds of other useful articles in our lifestyle file. If you're looking for something in particular then use the search box above. If not, then browse the article titles and see what there is to help you. If you can't find an answer here then why not ask in our discussion forums? One of the very friendly and helpful members is sure to be able to help you.

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A chainsaw is an essential tool on many lifestyle farms.

 Many lifestyle farms have no access to town supply water and rely on bore or rainwater.

 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!

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.

Buying a tractor, whether it's new or used, is a big investment.

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