By American Farriers Journal Staff
Time is money.
Sure, it’s an old cliché. Yet, it’s as true today as when it first appeared in 1719 within the pages of The Free-Thinker, a popular periodical of the day.
As a farrier, improving your efficiency could mean you have more time to fit another horse into your day. Or, you could have more time to spend with your family. Let’s take a look at a few products that your colleagues say have saved them time and energy.
If you’re looking for an edge in making farriery a bit easier, power tools are a great place to start. The most popular are hand grinders, drill presses and bench-mounted belt sanders and grinders.
Bench and belt grinders. Kyle Crawford, a certified journeyman farrier from Lawson, Mo., didn’t carry a grinder with him until about a year ago when he bought a trailer with one installed. He finds that it saves him time while making shoe modifications.
Bench grinders are a great time saver when there’s a need to add mechanics to a shoe.
More and more farriers are turning to power sanders to finish a horse’s hoof.
Invoicing software can reduce the time it takes to invoice to mere minutes.
“That’s one thing I never did before I had a grinder, putting heel checks in my keg shoes,” he says. “I forged them when I made shoes.”
The grinder is particularly helpful when adding mechanics.
“I put a rolled toe…