Q&A: July/August 2017

What are your best tips for repairing or maintaining your farrier tools?


A: I use a Dremel tool with a cut off blade to knurl the head of my driving hammer. This helps prevent me from bending nails. I only have one good eye and without the knurled head, I’ll bend too many nails.

If you live in a humid area and deal with rusting nails, put a charcoal briquette in each nail box. It absorbs moisture, keeping your nails rust free. This works with wrenches and sockets, too. Every drawer in my toolbox has a charcoal briquette in it.

— Gary Pfeiffer, Sullivan, Wis.

A: My number one trick for tool maintenance is to keep my tools oiled. All tools that hinge stay oiled, tongs included. Second, keep hammers and tools used by hammers rounded on their perimeters.

Third, keep your wheels on your shoeing box oiled. This allows it to move easily, which puts less strain on your back. It also reduces the chance of it tipping over and spooking a horse and the oil will help it last longer.

— Todd Allen, Vandergrift, Pa.

A: If there’s any rust on my tools, I remove it with sandpaper. I also clean them with cloth and motor oil. My rasps are kept covered with newspaper.

— Carlos F. Rodriguez, DVM, Caracas, Venezuela

A: Having high-quality tools will…

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