Essential Hand Tools For Living Off The Grid.

By Jason & Denise McDonald. Updated: September 2023.


Introduction: Hand tools for living off grid.

Living off the grid doesn’t mean you have to give up all your modern amenities. In fact, you may find that you have more options than ever before. One of the key things to remember is that you need to be prepared for anything. This means having a good stock of hand tools on hand.

Hand tools are essential for when the grid goes down. You never know when you might need them, so it’s important to have a variety available. A few basics include a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, and saw. These tools can help you fix everything from a broken window to a leaky roof.

In addition to having the right tools, it’s also important to know how to use them. If you’re not familiar with how to use a hammer or screwdriver, now is the time to learn.

The essential hand tool list.

There are many hand tools that are essential for living off grid. Hammers, saws, screwdrivers, and wrenches are some of the most common tools. While there are many other hand tools that can be considered, these tools below are the most basic and important ones:

Long handle point shovel.

A long handle point shovel is ideal for moving large piles of snow or dirt. The long handle gives you leverage, and the pointed blade makes it easy to penetrate tough soil or snow. Look for a shovel with a heavy-duty steel blade and a comfortable grip. Be sure to choose the right size shovel for your height and strength; you don’t want to be struggling to lift a too-heavy shovel.

The good old trusty chainsaw.

Chainsaws come in all shapes and sizes, but they all share one common purpose: to cut wood. There are two main types of chainsaws: electric and gas. Electric chainsaws are powered by a battery or an AC adapter, while gas chainsaws are powered by a small engine.

Chainsaws are suitable for a variety of tasks, such as trimming trees, cutting firewood, and sawing logs. They are also popular among homeowners for DIY projects. Chainsaws are relatively easy to use, but they can be dangerous if not handled properly.

Before using a chainsaw, you should always read the manufacturer’s instructions and wear the proper safety gear, including gloves, goggles, and a helmet. Chainsaw accidents can cause serious injuries, so it is important to take precautions when using one.

Brush axe.

The brush axe is one of the handiest tools you can own if you spend any time in the outdoors. It can be used for clearing brush and small trees, making trails, and even for basic carpentry tasks. There are a few different types of brush axes, but all of them share the same basic design.

They have a long, thin blade that is sharp on one edge and hooked on the other. This allows you to chop away at vegetation with ease, while the hooked edge prevents the blade from getting stuck in logs or branches.

Pick axe.

When most people think of axes, the first thing that comes to mind is the stereotypical lumberjack with his giant, double-bit axe. However, there are many different types of axes available on the market, each with its own unique purpose.

One such type is the pick axe. As the name suggests, this axe is designed for breaking through hard surfaces such as rock or concrete. It has a sharply pointed head that can be used to pierce these materials, and a heavy poll (or back) that provides leverage for striking them.

Pick axes come in a variety of sizes, but are typically smaller than other types of axes. This makes them more portable and easier to use in tight spaces. They are also relatively inexpensive, making them a popular choice for homeowners and DIYers.

Wood axe. (lumberjack).

Wood axe is a versatile tool that is ideal for various purposes. It can be used to chop wood, as well as to perform other tasks such as pounding nails or splitting logs. When shopping for a wood axe, it is important to consider the size and weight of the axe.

The weight should be comfortable to wield, and the size should be appropriate for the task at hand. There are many different types of wood axes available on the market, so it is important to do your research before making a purchase.

Large and small crow bars.

There is a big difference between large and small crow bars. A large crow bar is typically good to pry heavy objects open, while a small crow bar can be used for a variety of tasks, such as removing nails or screws. Crow bars are also known as wrecking bars.

They are named after the tool’s resemblance to the beak and feet of a crow.

Spirit level large.

When most people think of spirit levels, the first thing that comes to mind is the small, hand-held device that checks for surface flatness. While this type of spirit level is still popular, there is a new trend in spirit level design – the large, wall-mounted variety. These oversized levels are not only more accurate and durable than their handheld counterparts, but they’re also easier to read and use.

Most large spirit levels are made from anodized aluminum, which makes them resistant to corrosion and wear. The level vials are filled with liquid and mounted in a horizontal or vertical position. When the object being measured is placed against the vial markings, the bubble will indicate whether or not it is level.

Large spirit levels are especially useful for leveling large surfaces such as floors and walls.

Large and small adjustable wrench.

There are two types of adjustable wrenches: large and small. The large adjustable wrench is suitable for bigger bolts, while the small adjustable wrench is for smaller bolts. Both types of adjustable wrenches have a movable jaw that can be adjusted to fit different sizes of bolts.

The large adjustable wrench has a longer handle, which gives you more leverage when tightening or loosening a bolt. The small adjustable wrench has a shorter handle, which makes it easier to work in tight spaces.

Both types of adjustable wrenches are made from durable materials, such as steel or aluminum, so they can withstand heavy use. They also come with a protective coating to prevent rust and corrosion.

General purpose claw hammer.

A claw hammer, also known as a ball peen hammer, is a tool that consists of a head that is mounted on a handle. The head is typically made of metal, and it has one or two claws that is designed for striking nails. Claw hammers can also be used for other purposes, such as removing nails or prying things open.

The handle is typically made of wood or metal, and it can be either straight or curved. Claw hammers are available in different sizes, and they are often used by carpenters, mechanics, and other professionals and are a great addition to your off grid homestead.

Tape measure.

When it comes to home improvement projects, a tape measure is one of the most important tools you can have. It’s used for everything from measuring the space you want to paint to figuring out how much fabric you need for a new curtain.

But not all tape measures are created equal. You want to make sure you have a good, sturdy tape measure that will last you for years. Here are some tips on how to choose the right one:

Look for a tape measure that has both inches and centimeters marked on it. This will come in handy when you’re working on projects that require measurements in both units of measurement.

Make sure the tape measure is easy to grip. You don’t want one that’s too bulky or hard to hold onto.

Bow saw.

A bow saw (also known as a Swedish saw) is a type of saw that has a long, thin blade which is held in tension by a bow-like frame. The blade is usually made of carbon steel and is 24-36 inches long. Bow saws are useful to cut wood, metal, and plastic. They are especially useful for cutting curves and tight corners.

There are two types of bow saws: the standard bow saw and the coping saw. The standard bow saw has a large frame and a thick blade, while the coping saw has a small frame and a thin blade. Coping saws are often better to cut intricate shapes in wood or metal.

Bow saws are easy to use and can be operated with one hand. They are also very portable, making them perfect for camping or hiking trips.

Hack saw.

One of the most versatile hand tools in a woodworker’s arsenal is the hack saw. It can be used for everything from cutting large pieces of lumber down to size, to making delicate curves and detailed cuts. A quality hack saw will have a stiff blade that stays in line, and a comfortable handle that allows for good control.

There are a few things to keep in mind when using a hack saw. First, make sure you are using the correct blade for the job. Blades come in different sizes and tooth counts, so choose one that is best suited for the material you are working with. Second, always use a miter box or fence when making precision cuts. This will help keep the blade lined up correctly and produce accurate results. Finally, be careful not to apply too much pressure when cutting.

The Hack Saw is an essential tool that can be used for a variety of projects. It is perfect for cutting through metal, plastic, and wood. The saw is easy to use and can be operated with one hand.

It has a toothed blade. The blade can be adjusted to fit the width of the material that is being cut.

Hand saw.

A hand saw is a saw that is handheld, as opposed to a power saw. It is a tool used for cutting wood and other materials. There are many different types of hand saws, including the crosscut saw, rip saw, coping saw, fret saw, and pruning saw.

The hand saw has been around for centuries. It was first used by the ancient Egyptians to cut stone. The hand saw has many advantages over power tools. It is portable, and it can be used in tight spaces where a power tool cannot fit. It also requires less maintenance than a power tool.

The downside to the hand saw is that it requires more strength and dexterity than a power tool. It can also be dangerous if not used properly. However, with proper safety precautions, the hand saw can be a very useful tool for DIY projects and carpentry work.

Folding knife.

A folding knife is a knife that can be opened with one hand. It has a blade that is folded into the handle. A folding knife is different from a fixed blade knife because the blade is not attached to the handle. Folding knives are usually smaller than fixed blade knives and are easier to carry.

There are many different types of folding knives. The most common type is the pocket knife. Pocket knives have blades that fold into the handle. They are small enough to fit in your pocket. Swiss Army knives are also a type of folding knife. They have multiple blades that fold into the handle. This type of knife is popular because it can be used for multiple purposes, such as cutting, sawing, and screwing.

Folding knives are popular because they are easy to use and they are small enough to carry around with you.

Sharpening stone.

A sharpening stone is a tool designed to sharpen the blade of a knife or other edged tool. The stone is usually a flat surface with a coarse grit on one side and a fine grit on the other. The user applies pressure to the blade against the stone in a sharpening motion, which wears down the blade’s edge.

Screwdriver set.

A screwdriver set is a must-have for anyone living offgrid. It allows you to tighten and loosen screws of various sizes. There are many different types of screwdriver sets available, so it’s important to choose the right set for your needs.

Some screwdriver sets come with a variety of tips, while others have only a few tips. If you need a set that can handle a wide range of screws, you’ll want to choose one with multiple tips. If you only need to work with a few specific sizes of screws, then a set with fewer tips will work just fine.

When shopping for a screwdriver set, be sure to consider the quality of the tools. You don’t want to end up with a set that falls apart after just a few uses. It’s also important to make sure the handles fit comfortably in your hand.

Chisel set.

A chisel set is a handy tool to have around your homestead. They can be used for a variety of tasks, such as trimming wood, removing paint, and carving out designs. Chisel sets come with different-sized chisels, so you can choose the one that’s best suited for the job at hand.

Chisels are also relatively inexpensive, which makes them a cost-effective option for DIY projects. If you’re new to using chisels, it might be a good idea to start with a basic set that includes several different-sized chisels. This will give you more flexibility when working on projects.

When shopping for a chisel set, be sure to read the reviews before making a purchase. This will help you determine if the set is right for your needs.

Socket set.

Socket sets are versatile tools that allow you to tighten or loosen bolts and screws of different sizes. They come in a variety of sizes, so it’s important to purchase the set that corresponds with the size bolts and screws you’ll be using most often.

Most socket sets include a ratchet, which is a tool that helps you tighten or loosen bolts and screws with more ease.

Various metal hand files.

There are many different types of metal hand files available on the market. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are made from different materials. Some hand files are designed for general use, while others are specialized for a particular application.

The most common type of hand file is the bastard file. It has a rough surface that is perfect for removing large amounts of material quickly. The second most common type is the smooth file, which is used for finishing surfaces. There are also several specialized hand files, such as the diamond file, which is appropriate for polishing hard materials like diamonds and gemstones.

The shape and size of a hand file can vary depending on its intended use. Some files are long and thin, while others are thick and bulky. The teeth on a hand file can also be different depending on the application.

Adjustable ladders.

When it comes to ladders, there are a few things you need to consider before making your purchase. The first thing to think about is the type of ladder you need. There are two main types: extension ladders and step ladders. Extension ladders are perfect for reaching high places, while step ladders are best for smaller jobs.

The next thing to think about is the size of the ladder. Ladders come in different lengths, so be sure to choose the one that’s right for the job you’re going to do. Finally, you need to decide if you want an adjustable ladder or not. Adjustable ladders can be adjusted to fit different heights, which makes them perfect for a variety of tasks.

If you’re looking for a new ladder, be sure to consider all of these factors before making your decision.

Wheel barrow.

The wheelbarrow is an extremely versatile tool. You can use it to move dirt, rocks, and other heavy objects. Or, you can use it to carry plants and other lightweight objects.

The wheelbarrow is also great for mixing and moving concrete. If you’re doing any landscaping or construction work, the wheelbarrow is a must-have tool.

You will never regret having a wheel barrow when living off the grid.

Dirll and impact drivers.

Dirlls are the newest addition to the power tool world. This amazing tool is a combination of a drill and an impact driver. It can do the work of both tools, making it a one-stop shop for drilling and driving. The best part is that it is small and light enough to fit in your pocket, so you can take it with you wherever you go.

The dirll has a powerful motor that can deliver up to 1,500 inch-pounds of torque. This makes it perfect for driving screws into tough materials like metal or hardwood. It also has a keyless chuck that makes it easy to change bits quickly and easily.

The dirll is also great for drilling holes in wood, metal, and plastic. It has dual mode operation, so you can choose between high speed drilling or high torque drilling depending on the job at hand.

Hand angle grinder.

An angle grinder, also known as a disc grinder, is a handheld power tool for grinding and polishing. It is usually powered by an electric motor, and the motor is connected to the grinder with a gearbox. The gearbox allows the motor to run at a slower speed than the spindle, which in turn extends the life of the motor and reduces user fatigue.

Angle grinders are available in both corded and cordless varieties. The corded angle grinder has more power than the cordless variety, but the cordless angle grinder is more portable. Most angle grinders have a side handle, which allows users to control the direction of the cut.

Nail gun.

Nail guns are tools that use compressed air to shoot nails into wood or other materials. They are often used in construction and carpentry, as well as in a variety of DIY projects. Nail guns come in both pneumatic (powered by compressed air) and manual (powered by a hammer) varieties.

Pneumatic nail guns are more expensive, but they are also more powerful and can shoot nails farther. Manual nail guns are cheaper, but they require more effort to use. In general, pneumatic nail guns are better for larger projects, while manual nail guns are better for smaller projects.

When using a nail gun, it is important to take safety precautions. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before using a nail gun. Make sure the area you are working in is well-ventilated, and wear eye protection and ear protection when necessary.

Circular saw.

Circular saws are an important tool in any workshop. They are a great addition to your tool store, there main purpose is to cut materials like wood, metal, and plastic. There are a few different types of circular saws, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

The most common type of circular saw is the sidewinder. It has a motor that is located on the side of the blade. This type of saw is good for making straight cuts. It can also be used for making curves, but it is not as accurate as a worm drive saw.

Worm drive saws have a motor that is located at the top of the blade. This type of saw is more accurate than a sidewinder, and it can make tighter curves. However, it is not as powerful as a sidewinder.

Small portable flood lights.

Small Portable flood lights are the perfect solution for when you need a little bit of extra light. They’re small and easy to carry around, so you can take them with you wherever you go. Whether you’re camping in the woods or working on a project in your garage, these lights will help you get the job done.

Most small Portable flood lights use LED technology, which means they’re energy-efficient and long-lasting. You can find models that run on batteries or plugs into an outlet, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. And many of them come with remotes so you can change the brightness and color of the light without having to get up close and personal.

Head lamp.

When you are looking for a head lamp, there are a few things that you need to consider. The first is the type of light that you need. There are three main types of lights: focused beam, flood beam, and mixed beam. Focused beam lamps are good for long-range illumination, while flood lamps are better for close-up work and reading. Mixed beam lamps provide a balance of both types of beams.

The next thing to consider is the brightness of the light. Some lamps have adjustable brightness, while others have a preset brightness level. You also need to decide if you want a lamp with a strobe feature. Strobes can be helpful in signaling for help or in warning oncoming traffic.

Finally, you need to decide what type of battery the lamp uses. Some lamps use disposable batteries, while others use rechargeable batteries.

Two way radios.

In the past, two way radios were bought primarily by businesses and government organizations. However, in recent years their popularity has grown among civilians due to the increase in outdoor activities and the need for better communication especially when living off grid.

There are a variety of different types of two way radios on the market, so it is important to do your research before you make a purchase. Some factors you may want to consider include the range of the radio, how many people will be using it, and what type of environment it will be used in.

Two way radios can be a great tool for staying connected while out camping, hiking, or biking. They can also be useful for keeping in touch with family or friends while on vacation. The best part is that they come in a variety of prices and styles, so there is sure to be one that fits your needs.

Portable vice grip.

There’s a new tool in town for the DIY-ers and it goes by the name of Portable Vice Grip. This handy little device is just what it sounds like – a portable vice grip that can be used to hold objects in place while you work on them.

The Portable Vice Grip is perfect for small repairs or projects where you need extra grip and stability. It’s also great for use in tight spaces, or anywhere else that a traditional vice grip wouldn’t fit.

The Portable Vice Grip is made from durable plastic and metal, and it comes with an adjustable clamp so that you can get the perfect fit for your project. It also has a non-slip handle so that you can keep a firm grip while you work.

A large tarp.

A tarp is a piece of fabric that is typically used to cover or protect something. Tarps can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are often made from waterproof materials. They can be used to protect items from the weather, or to create a shelter. Tarps can also be used as a ground cover for camping trips, or as part of a makeshift stretcher in an emergency situation.

Duct tape.

Duct tape is one of the most versatile tools you can have in your tool box. It can be used for everything from repairing a tear in your jeans to fixing a broken window. Duct tape is also great for securing things in place. If you need to hold something together, duct tape is the way to go.

Scissor jack.

A scissor jack is a tool that is used to lift heavy objects by using two metal arms that open and close like scissors. The arms are attached to a base that the object is placed on, and then the user pushes down on the handles to open the arms and lifts the object. A scissor jack is a handy tool for lifting heavy objects, and it can be easily transported since it is small and lightweight.

Dont foget safety and emergency tools.

If you are like me, you have a drawer full of emergency tools that you hope you will never have to use. But what happens when you need one and it’s not there?

One of the best things about having a well-stocked emergency tool kit is that you can rest easy knowing that you are prepared for whatever life throws your way. From power outages to breakdowns, there is no telling what might happen, so it’s important to be prepared.

Some of the most common items in an emergency tool kit are a flashlight, a battery-operated radio, and a first-aid kit. It’s also important to have some basic tools, such as a screwdriver, pliers, and wrenches. And don’t forget the WD-40!

Solar powered emergency radio.

Solar powered emergency radios are a great way to stay connected and informed during an emergency. They can be used to listen to emergency broadcasts, as well as keep you updated on weather conditions and other important information.

Most solar powered emergency radios can also be used to charge your cell phone or other electronic devices. This is a great feature, especially if there is no power available. Solar powered emergency radios are a great way to stay prepared for any type of emergency.

Backup generator.

A backup generator can be an important piece of equipment to have in case of a power outage. They can be purchased for a few hundred dollars and up, depending on the size and features you need. Some generators run on gasoline while others run on propane.

Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and follow all safety precautions when using a backup generator.

Safety gear.

When living off the grid, there are a number of safety precautions that must be taken into account. One of the most important is having the proper safety gear. This includes items such as a fire extinguisher, smoke detectors, and a first-aid kit.

It’s also important to have a plan in case of an emergency. This includes creating a evacuation plan and having an emergency contact list.

Fire extinguisher.

A fire extinguisher is a device that can be used to put out a fire. It contains pressurized water or foam that can be sprayed onto the fire to extinguish it. Fire extinguishers come in different sizes, and some are portable while others are mounted on walls.

Fire extinguishers should be kept in a place where they can be easily accessed in the event of a fire. They should also be checked regularly to make sure that they are working properly. If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, make sure you know how to use it correctly.

Gloves and safety glasses.

When you’re working with potentially dangerous materials, it’s important to take precautions to protect your eyes and hands. Wearing gloves can keep your hands safe from cuts and scrapes, while wearing safety glasses can protect your eyes from flying debris.

Make sure the gloves and safety glasses you choose are appropriate for the task at hand, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using them.

Ear protection.

The use of ear protection is a must when living off the grid. When using any type of power tool, whether it’s a chainsaw or drill, the noise can be damaging to your ears. If you’re working in an environment where there’s a lot of noise, it’s important to wear ear protection to avoid hearing loss. There are many different types of ear protection available, so find the type that works best for you and make sure to always use it when needed.

Foot protection.

There are many types of foot protection that can be used when working with tools. The most common type is a work boot. Work boots provide good protection against objects that could fall on your feet, and they also have a steel toe to protect your toes from being crushed.

Other types of foot protection include steel-toe shoes, safety shoes, and gaiters. Steel-toe shoes are similar to work boots, but they have a steel toe cap instead of a steel toe box.

Safety shoes are designed to protect your feet from electrical shocks and other chemical hazards. Gaiters are worn over your shoes and pants to protect your feet from objects that could fall on them.

First aid box

When it comes to being prepared for medical emergencies, a first aid kit is key. But what should you include in your kit? Here are some essentials:

      • Bandages of different sizes
      • Gauze pads
      • Adhesive tape
      • Non-stick pads
      • Scissors
      • Tweezers
      • CPR mask

You might also want to include over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin, as well as supplies for treating common injuries like cuts and scrapes. If you have a homestead, you may also want to include supplies for treating more serious injuries, such as snake bite kits and insect sting relief pads.


In conclusion, having the essential hand tools for living off grid is important for preparedness and sustainability. These tools can help you with a variety of tasks, from creating shelter to gathering food. They are an essential part of any prepper’s kit and can be used for a variety of purposes. With the right tools, you can live comfortably and safely off grid, no matter what the situation may be.