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Old May 11 2012, 03:38 PM
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Default Chapter 21 - Tools

There are many tools you can buy to help you do things faster in Farm Town. This Chapter has posts which gives you details about each type of tool. All the links below are clickable and will take you to the post about those tools.

Some of these tools also have the Eye showing bottom right of your game screen when you use the tool, which can hide items on the farm. So if something doesn't show that you think should be, check what colour the Eye is. To see everything on the farm it would need to be set to BLACK instead of RED. Click on the Eye to change the setting.

When the Eye is BLACK you still see everything on your farms.


When the eye is RED, you will only see the items ready to be worked on or for example when using the Herding Robot it will hide everything except the animals.


More details about the eye when using Full Screen mode are in Chapter 2 Basics What is the Eye for?




Should you need to get back to this post to look for other information:
Each post has a Table of Contents link bottom right of the post, which when you click, will bring you right back here.

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Default Can I use a too to Harvest Crops?

Q: Can I use a tool to Harvest crops?

A: Yes, there are several size tools that you can use to harvest. The 2x2 tools and above use fuel.
You must buy them in size order.


  • You can harvest a single field at a time with your harvesting tool (the scythe).
  • You can harvest 2 fields at a time with the 2x1 harvester.
  • You can harvest 4 fields at a time with the 2x2 harvester.
  • You can harvest 9 fields at a time with the 3x3 harvester
  • You can harvest 16 fields at a time with the 4x4 harvester (FC item).
  • You can harvest 25 fields at a time with the 5x5 harvester (FC item).
  • You can harvest 36 fields at a time with the 6x6 harvester (FC item).
  • You can harvest 64 fields at a time with the 8x8 harvester (FC item)
  • You can harvest 100 fields at a time with the 10x10 harvester (FC item)
  • You can harvest 144 fields at a time with the 12x12 harvesterer (FC item)
  • You can harvest 196 fields at a time with the 14x14 harvester (FC item)
  • You can harvest 256 fields at a time with the 16x16 harvester (FC item)
  • You can harvest 324 fields at a time with the 18x18 harvester (FC item)
  • You can harvest 400 fields at a time with the 20x20 harvester (FC item)
  • You can harvest 484 fields at a time with the 22x22 harvester (FC item)

For Harvest tools to work overlapped fields see Are there tools for working overlapped fields? Note: Overlapping fields is still not officially supported by the developers.


To use tools bigger than the Scythe to harvest, the tool must be on the farm or in storage.

You can do 2 things. . .
  • If the tool is on your farm, you can click on the tool and click "Harvest" and then click on the fields.
  • However, it is better to place all tools into your Storage. That way you can access all your tools from the Yellow Tool box, on any of your farms, without having to move the tool from farm to farm. Once they are in Storage, you can click on the Yellow Toolbox to open it, and then click on the tool you want to use.
  • NOTE: Farm Cash Tools do not count towards your storage capacity, you can store as many of those as you want.



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Default Can I use a tool to Plow new or wasted Fields?

Q: Can I use a tool to Plow new or wasted Fields?

A: Yes, there are several tools that you can use to plow. These do not use any fuel.

These tools can be used to plow new fields on your own farm or plow harvested fields.
They must be bought in size order.

NOTE: On your own farms or when working as a Super Neighbour with design permissions that allow plowing of new fields AND you have other items showing in your preferences, when you pick up a plow tool the other items showing will not hide, as the game does not know if your intention is to plow harvested fields or plow new fields. For plowing new fields you need to be able to see where your other items are in order to plow in an area that doesn't already have something occupying that space. If you cannot see where you need to plow you will have to hide the other items in your preferences.

  • You can plow a single field at a time
  • You can plow 2 fields at a time with the 2x1 plower
  • You can plow 4 fields at a time with the 2x2 plower..
  • You can plow 9 fields at a time with the 3x3 plower.
  • You can plow 16 fields at a time with the 4x4 plower.(FC item).
  • You can plow 25 fields at a time with the 5x5 plower (FC item).
  • You can plow 36 fields at a time with the 6x6 plower (FC item).
  • You can plow 64 fields at a time with the 8x8 plower (FC item).
  • You can plow 100 fields at a time with the 10x10 plower (FC item)
  • You can plow 144 fields at a time with the 12x12 plower (FC item)
  • You can plow 196 fields at a time with the 14x14 plower (FC item)
  • You can plow 256 fields at a time with the 16x16 plower (FC item)
  • You can plow 324 fields at a time with the 18x18 plower (FC item)
  • You can plow 400 fields at a time with the 20x20 plower (FC item)
  • You can plow 484 fields at a time with the 22x22 plower (FC item)

Note: Overlapping fields is still not officially supported by the developers. Doing this CAN cause problems with your farms that may NOT be able to be fixed. They have not provided plow tools to create these overlapped fields and for the same reason you will not find instructions on how to create them on the forum.

To use tools bigger than the single plow tool, to plow fields, the tool must be on the farm or in storage.

You can do 2 things. . .
  • If your tool is on your farm, you can click on the tool and click "Plow" and then click on the fields.
  • However, it is better to place all tools into your Storage. That way you can access all your tools from the Yellow Tool box, on any of your farms, without having to move the tool from farm to farm. Once they are in Storage, you can click on the Yellow Toolbox to open it, and then click on the tool you want to use.
  • NOTE: Farm Cash Tools do not count towards your storage capacity, you can store as many of those as you want.

As of April 2020 it is much easier to use bigger plow tools to plow a farm without having to change to a smaller plow tool. This is very useful when plowing new fields along the bottom edge of the farm when you upgrade it to a bigger size.

The plow tools will now overhang the bottom edges of the farm allowing you to plow a narrow but long strip without switching to a smaller tool.

In the example below:
  • The top picture is the old method where you had to get the right size tool to plow along the edge as the tool had to fit within the farm, so that method you could only plow 4 fields at a time using the 4x4 plow tool.

  • The bottom picture shows the new overhang method, using the 10x10 plow tool, where everything within the farm area and the green box, will be plowed, which in this case would be 18 fields.






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Old May 12 2012, 08:59 AM
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Default Can i use a tool to Seed?

Q: Can I use a tool to seed?

A: Yes, there are several tools that you can use to seed. These Tools use Fuel

You must buy them in size order.


  • You can seed a single field at a time
  • You can seed 2 fields at a time with the 2x1 seeder.
  • You can seed 4 fields at a time with the 2x2 seeder.
  • You can seed 9 fields at a time with the 3x3 seeder.
  • You can seed 16 fields at a time with the 4x4 seeder.(FC item).
  • You can seed 25 fields at a time with the 5x5 seeder(FC item).
  • You can seed 36 fields at a time with the 6x6 seeder(FC item).
  • You can seed 64 fields at a time with the 8x8 seeder(FC item).
  • You can seed 100 fields at a time with the 10x10 seeder(FC item).
  • You can seed 144 fields at a time with the 12x12 seeder (FC item)
  • You can seed 196 fields at a time with the 14x14 seeder (FC item)
  • You can seed 256 fields at a time with the 16x16 seeder (FC item)
  • You can seed 324 fields at a time with the 18x18 seeder (FC item)
  • You can seed 400 fields at a time with the 20x20 seeder (FC item)
  • You can seed 484 fields at a time with the 22x22 seeder (FC item)

For Seeders to plant overlapped fields faster see Are there tools for working overlapped fields? Note: Overlapping fields is still not officially supported by the developers.



How do I plant Seeds?

You can seed a single field (no tool required) by clicking the store icon in the game panel, then scroll the list to find the seed you want then click on "Buy".

To use your tool to seed, it must be on the farm or in storage.

You can do 2 things. . .
  • If the tool is on your farm, you can click on the tool and click "Plant Seeds", the store will open, chose your seed and then click on the fields.
  • However, it is better to place all tools into your Storage. That way you can access all your tools from the Yellow Tool box, on any of your farms, without having to move the tool from farm to farm. Once they are in Storage, you can click on the Yellow Toolbox to open it, and then click on the tool you want to use, the store will open so you can choose your seed, then click on the fields.
  • NOTE: Farm Cash Tools do not count towards your storage capacity, you can store as many of those as you want.







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Old May 12 2012, 09:48 AM
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Default What are the Combines?

Q. What are the Combines?

A. There are several types of Combines. They all cost Farm Cash. These tools use Fuel.



The Combine Harvest-Plow tools will harvest crops and plow fields with each click of the tool. It uses fuel for Harvesting not for the Plowing.

The Combine Harvest-Plant tools will harvest crops, plow fields and plant new seeds with each click of the tool. It uses fuel for the Harvesting and Seeding not for the Plowing.






To buy these tools, you must own the relevant size Harvester and Plower before you can buy the same size Combine Harvest-Plow. When you own those and the Combine Harvest-Plow, to buy the same size Combine Harvest- Plant you must also own the same size Seeder.

All unlock requirements and costs of the combines are listed in Chapter 25 Levels and Unlocking

For the tool to be able to get the maximum amount of fields per click your fields must be plowed close together and in line with each other. If the fields are offset the tool either won't be able to get them all or will try to grab an odd pattern.


Combine Harvest-Plow (5x5) will harvest and plow up to 25 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plow (6x6) will harvest and plow up to 36 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plow (8x8) will harvest and plow up to 64 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plow (10x10) will harvest and plow up to 100 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plow (12x12) will harvest and plow up to 144 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plow (14x14) will harvest and plow up to 196 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plow (16x16) will harvest and plow up to 256 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plow (18x18) will harvest and plow up to 324 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plow (20x20) will harvest and plow up to 400 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plow (22x22) will harvest and plow up to 484 fields in a squared 5x5 area.


Combine Harvest-Plant (5x5) will harvest, plow and plant up to 25 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plant (6x6) will harvest, plow and plant up to 36 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plant (8x8) will harvest, plow and plant up to 64 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plant (10x10) will harvest, plow and plant up to 100 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plant (12x12) will harvest, plow and plant up to 144 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plant (14x14) will harvest, plow and plant up to 196 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plant (16x16) will harvest, plow and plant up to 256 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plant (18x18) will harvest, plow and plant up to 324 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plant (20x20) will harvest, plow and plant up to 400 fields in a squared 5x5 area.
Combine Harvest-Plant (22x22) will harvest, plow and plant up to 484 fields in a squared 5x5 area.


There are also EX Combines for working overlapped fields.

You can not start buying these until you own the single layer tools and the combines up to the 16x16 size and then you must buy the relevant EX Harvester before you can buy the EX Harvest-Plow, then the EX Seeder before you can buy the EX Harvest-Plant.

Full details about the EX Combines are in another post later in this Chapter. If you already own all the single layer tools and want to skip to that post click this link to be taken there : Are there tools for working overlapped fields?





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Old May 12 2012, 10:10 AM
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Default Can I use my tool on other farmers' farms?

Q: Can I use my tools on other farmers' farms?

A: You can use both 3x3 coin tools and Farm Cash tools to work on crops, trees, flowers and fish on other farms as long as you have placed those tools into your Item storage.

There are some other tools, like the mobile sprinkler and some of the freestlyle hand designers, that you can also use, in some circumstances, on other peoples farms, but some you can not. The details for those are in each individual post for those tools later in this chapter. A quick way to know if you can use a tool when on someones farm is to look in the toolbox. If a tool is greyed out in the toolbox then you don't have access to that tool to use.


You will be able to use the tools owned by your employer if they have allowed it. If the tools use fuel you will need to have fuel to use them unless the farm owner has allowed the use of their own fuel. If the farm owner has allowed the use of their tools and fuel you will see the information is in the hiring popup when you are offered a job. However it does not tell you if you will be using their fuel first or last, it could be either.



Both your tools and the farm owners tools can be found by opening the toolbox. Tools that are greyed out, you don't have access to.

When hired for a single job the tool you can use will be automatically given to you and will also appear in the game panel in place of the store & gift icons.

If hired multiple, the correct tools will be automatically given to you for each job or can be accessed via the yellow toolbox.

For all options on Hiring and Fuel allowance see How do I hire someone to work on my farm(s)?

NOTE: If the farm owner has allowed the use of their fuel you may not get to use theirs first depending on what they set the fuel allowance to. They have 3 options for fuel allowance



Also if they run out of fuel you will need to use your own fuel to continue working with out having to drop to using the x1 and x2 tools.



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Default My tools don't work anymore, help!

My tools don't work anymore, help!

There are a few things that can make a machine not work properly.

The most common thing is that it won't plow/plant/harvest in blocks any more.

Go to preferences located top right of your game screen. The icon looks like a wrench/spanner :



Make sure 'remove space between fields' is checked if you have no gaps. (If you do have gaps on your farm, make sure "remove space between fields' is unchecked).




Also make sure you have enough fuel. Check your fuel indicator located top left of your game screen. This image shows 3,264,945 Fuel.






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Default Can i move my tools to one of my other farms?

Q: Can i move my tools to one of my other farms?

A: Yes, Just put it in storage. Then go to the farm you would like the tool on, and take it out of storage and place it on the farm. You must have a clear space, slightly bigger than the tool, with nothing else occupying that space, to be able to get it out of storage.

However, it is better to place all tools into your Storage. That way you can access all your tools from the Yellow Tool box, on any of your farms, without having to move the tool from farm to farm. Once they are in Storage, you can click on the Yellow Toolbox to open it, and then click on the tool you want to use. This means you only need 1 of each tool.




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Q: What can i do with an Oil Pump?

A: The Oil Pump is a coin facility, it allows you to produce Crude Oil Barrels for use in the Oil Refinery. The Oil Refinery is used to make Fuel Tanks for use with your tools, as well as other products used in other facilites. You can only have 1 working oil pump per farm. To start the oil pump, open it up like any other facility, and click "Start Batch". It costs coins to start each batch.



As of August 2020 this is now classified as a facility, so will now show up on your farms when Show Facilities is check marked in your game preferences instead of Show Tools.


Should you need to produce more crude oil than this facility can produce you can by the Offshore Oil Rig for Farm Cash which will produce 3 times more crude oil than the oil pump.

Both of these Facilities are listed in Chapter 13 What are the Non-Workable Facilities? and this post will eventually be removed from this Chapter as the oil pump is no longer a tool.



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Q: What is the Fishing Boat?
A: The Fishing Boats are used to make it easier to fish. These tools use fuel.








The Fishing Boat (2x2) allows you to catch up to 4 fish each time you click.
** The Fishing Boat (2x2) can NOT be used on other farms when hired **

The Fishing Boat (3x3) allows you to catch up to 9 fish each time you click.

The Fishing Boat (5x5) allows you to catch up to 25 fish each time you click.

The Turbo Fishing Boat allows you to fish each body of water with a single click.

The Turbo Fishing Boat (4x4) allows you to fish up to 16 overlapped waters in a squared area the size of 1 plowed field with a single click.

The Turbo Fishing Boat (8x8) allows you to fish up to 64 overlapped waters in a squared area the size of 4 plowed fields with a single click.

The Turbo Fishing Boat (12x12) allows you to fish up to 144 overlapped waters in a squared area the size of 9 plowed fields with a single click.

The Turbo Fishing Boat (16x16) allows you to fish up to 256 overlapped waters in a squared area the size of 16 plowed fields with a single click.

The Turbo Fishing Boat (20x20) - allows you to catch all fish in a squared area the size of 5x5 plow fields using a new method of fishing.
When selecting the new Turbo Boat 20x20 instead of the Eye in the bottom right you will see the current tool icon >>



When you click on that icon, you will see a vertical toolbar with 3 buttons.
The one in the top (Highlight) selects the old method of highlighting each individual item.
The one in the middle selects the New Method (Extent) of highlighting only the perimeter of the area where the tool will operate. Instead of highlighting all waters, this new method will just highlight a fixed squared section of the farm which works faster and with less manual mistakes. When you use this method you will briefly see "Extent mode selected" in white lettering near the top of the game screen.
The bottom button closes the box.



Also, the tool will always operate as if the Eye was closed, meaning, the recently worked items will be hidden once the work on them is completed..

The Turbo Fishing Boat (24x24) - allows you to catch all fish in a squared area the size of 6x6 plow fields and uses the new faster method of harvesting as described above.

The Turbo Fishing Boat (28x28) - allows you to catch all fish in a squared area the size of 7x7 plow fields and uses the new faster method of harvesting as described above.

The Turbo Fishing Boat (32x32) - allows you to catch all fish in a squared area the size of 8x8 plow fields and uses the new faster method of harvesting as described above.

The Turbo Fishing Boat (36x36) - allows you to catch all fish in a squared area the size of 9x9 plow fields and uses the new faster method of harvesting as described above.

The Turbo Fishing Boat (40x40) - allows you to catch all fish in a squared area the size of 10x10 plow fields and uses the new faster method of harvesting as described above.





To use tools bigger than the Fishing Rod to fish, the tool must be on the farm or in storage.

You can do 2 things. . .
  • If the tool is on your farm, you can click on the tool and click "Fish" and then click on the waters.
  • However, it is better to place all tools into your Storage. That way you can access all your tools from the Yellow Tool box, on any of your farms, without having to move the tool from farm to farm. Once they are in Storage, you can click on the Yellow Toolbox to open it, and then click on the tool you want to use.
  • NOTE: Farm Cash Tools do not count towards your storage capacity, you can store as many of those as you want.

You can also use the fishing rod to fish 1 at a time if you don't own the tools. To select the fishing rod, click on the Yellow Toolbox and select the tool.





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