Farriers' Roundtable

Q: I’d like some advice regarding tool use and maintenance that will provide the most “bang for the buck.” In other words, what will pay off the most, both in cost savings, as well as wear and tear on my body?

A: This is a three-part question. Our tools are our bread and butter and picking out the right tools and maintaining them is so important to our daily work.

Our tools are very personal. There are many tools on the market, so picking out the ones that fit your body is something you should take your time with.

You want to buy quality tools. I tell young farriers to make a list of all the tools they need for the types of horses they work with. Once you get your basic tools, look at that list and once a week buy a tool that’s on it and add it to your toolbox.

Cost is not as important as quality. Most of our tools have a long life if cared for properly. The cost of the tool should not be the driving factor, but rather the quality of the tool material that’s being used.

There are several things to think about when maintaining tools. Hinged tools should be oiled at least once a week with WD40. Keeping handles buffed and free of debris is very important because of nicks and burrs on the handles. These should be buffed out on a buffing wheel or fine sand paper.

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