We’re often asked which tools we’ve personally used and recommend when building an off grid home.

We’ve crafted for you a most detailed tools list and broken it all down into six sections.

  1. Hand tools
  2. Power tools
  3. Safety tools
  4. Emergency tools
  5. Landscaping tools
  6. High End tools (including all our solar system components)

All of which we think are suitable to have at any homestead, cabin, cottage, summer home or chalet.

We also personally curated specific off grid resources, tools and equipment at our Off Grid Amazon Storefront for you.

The Off Grid Cabin Amazon Storefront



We hope you find this list helpful and please comment below and let us know what other tools and/or equipment you’d personally recommend having off the grid and we’ll be sure to add it to the list.

Please note: many of these links are affiliate links, so when you purchase any of these items through the links on this page, we will receive a small commission that is used to help keep The Off Grid Cabin running. We’ve found that Amazon has excellent product descriptions, detailed personal reviews, and some of the lowest prices available.

These are all products that we either personally own, use or support and if you purchase items through these links, you have our sincere thanks!

Hands up if you know who Richard Proenneke is.

Richard Proenneke

Richard is an off grid icon for some and a homesteading hero to others.

But one thing you can’t deny is that he did some amazing things with a minimal collection of hand tools. Some of which he built himself!

The Tools Of Richard Proenneke

If you live on a homestead, have an off grid home, live in a remote area or just love DIY projects then this tools list is definitely for you.

Some of the items you’ve probably used yourself at one point or another and some you’ve maybe never heard of.

Enjoy our list of must have off grid tools!

Oh… and we’ve covered  all our solar system components in the last section at the bottom.

Make sure to scroll through to the bottom to see it!

Section #1 - Hand Tools

Multi-Purpose Axe – An good axe had several purposes. We consider it a multipurpose tool and not just for chopping wood. We have also used our axe for driving stakes, to chisel through ice, dressing animals, and clearing our land when we first purchased it.

Husqvarna 26 inch Wooden Multi-Purpose Axe

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Multi-tool – Every homestead kitchen drawer needs a few tools at the ready and a good multi-tool is definitely one of them. This handy pocket tool can do the job of several tools. Pliers, wire-cutter, can & bottle opener, knife, saw blade, screwdriver tips…etc.

Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier Multi-Tool

Adjustable wrench – While a good socket set is a must, it’s also advisable to have a medium sized adjustable wrench (monkey wrench, adjustable crescent, adjustable spanner) for working on a multitude of nuts and bolts. This can save you when you don’t have two sockets the same size.

Stanley Adjustable Wrench

General Purpose Claw Hammer – In the city you have a house key. Off the grid you get a hammer. This is the number one build it up and tear it down tool.

Estwing Hammer - 16 oz Straight Rip Claw with Smooth Face and Shock Reduction Grip

4 Foot Level – Whether you’re building your home, a shed, leveling pictures or installing kitchen cabinets the level is your very best friend. We did a full post on building the perfect foundation. Our number one secret to having a perfect foundation is making certain its square and level.

Irwin 4 foot level

Tape Measure – Instead of finger spans, steps and “eye balling it” make sure you have a good quality tape measure. A tape measure is a wonderful tool that has several hidden features most people don’t know about. From nail notches, scribing, and even drawing circles. Make sure you know exactly what a good tape measure can do.

Stanley 33-425 Powerlock 25-Foot by 1-Inch Measuring Tape - Original

Set of Pliers – While the pliers of a multi-tool can handle a lot of odd jobs, every now and again you need specific pliers for a specific job. Have a few different types handy like diagonal pliers for cutting thinker wire. Needle nose pliers are great for bending, shaping and reaching into tight places. Use slip joint pliers for those time you need an extra set of fingers on a nut. Tongue and groove pliers (channel locks) are perfect for multiple nuts and bolts.

Stanley 84-114 3 Piece Basic 6-Inch Slip Joint, 6-Inch Long Nose, and 6-Inch Diagonal Plier Set

Hand saw – There are several different hand saws for a multitude of cutting requirements but a good all ‘round generic rough-cut hand saw will tackle most lumber cutting jobs.

Stanley 15-Inch Fat Max Hand Saw

Bow Saw – In the woods it’s fine to try and chop your way through small saplings, or even using a brush axe, but to make much shorter work of larger saplings you’ll want a good bow saw and some extra blades. The blades swap out quickly and can last for years if protected and maintained. Ensure you have a blade guard on at all times.

Stanley Fat Max Bow Saw

Hacksaw – For those times you need to cut through metal this is the go to saw of choice. It’s also perfect for cutting plastic, ABS and PVC.

DeWalt Hacksaw

All purpose folding knife – When you live off the grid chances are you’ve got a knife on your belt at all time. A good quality all-purpose knife can be a lifesaver and has more uses than just cutting rope.

Gerber Paraframe Knife Tanto Point

Duct/Gorilla Tape – It’s the perfect homesteader friend. Waterproof, ultra-durable and has 1001 uses. A roll of duct tape in the top drawer has mended more broken items and served as a lifesaver in several occasions. Patching a hose, hiding valuables, mending a peeling boot sole, removing splinters, catch flies, remove a wart… this roll of sticky mesh is a must have!

Gorilla Tape, Black Duct Tape, 1.88

Sharpening stone – A high quality combination sharpening stone will keep your knives, axe and chisels in tip top shape for decades. Get one with 4000/6000 grit and 1000 grit sides, a storage case and a base to hold it steady.

Premium Knife Sharpening Stone 2 Side Grit 1000 and 6000 Waterstone Best Whetstone Sharpener NonSlip Bamboo Base and Angle Guide

Screw Driver Set – Electrical work, installing hardware, mechanical maintenance… everything requires a screwdriver. in addition to this set of standard screwdrivers there are jewelers (tiny) sets as well. There’s been a million times I’ve used a tiny Philips or Slot head to change a battery in something tiny. As well, you can use the quick change mini tips in your cordless drill and impact driver aw well.

JEGS 69 piece Magnetic Screwdriver set Awls Torx Square Phillips Slotted Bits