Tools For The Homestead – Episode 1: The Drill

If you could pick the first tool to invest in before you begin your homesteading adventure, what would that tool be? For us, so many tools are essential to our homestead so the decision was a hard one. For us, the first one has to be our drills. We power them with solar panels and a battery bank and use them almost daily.

There are a lot of different name brand drills that you can purchase. We use the DeWalt brand but know that there are other well reviewed and liked brands out there. Our recommendations would be to stay away from no-name brands often found in the China-mart and read the online product reviews before you buy.


Most of what you see on our homestead was built with our drills. The laundry house, the outhouse, the green house, the chicken coop, and so much more. We have really put our drills to good use for building our much needed infrastructure on the homestead. So as we begin to compile our homestead tool list for homesteaders, The drill has to lead the way!

Some things to keep in mind when buying this tool:

  • This tools we consider to be a good first tool to invest in if your homestead needs to build infrastructure or you have some immediate building projects coming up.
  • You will need to buy some accessories for your drill. Plan on spending maybe another $50 on bits and attachments.
  • Total cost estimate will be around $150 for a drill, battery and some accessories.

Feel free to share what drill you have an any experience you have with the drill in the video.

Show Opener: TO VIEW THE FULL VIDEO, go to

Homestead Tools Opener – Starting Friday, Nov. 10th 2017 from An American Homestead on Vimeo.


About Zachary Bauer

Zachary lives with his wife, two sons and his wife's parents on An American Homestead deep in the mountains of the American Ozarks. They all moved there together in July of 2013 where they began to build the homestead. They are off-grid with the exception of a phone line.

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