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Old 08/22/10, 09:55 PM
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T-post driver?

DH and I are shopping for land, still, and he was just thinking of all the t-posts we would have to pound in to fence in 2 to 4 acres ! I told him I would ask the folks here if there were such a thing as a mechanical t-post driver. We have a heavy hollow tube pounder. It works, but he would like something pneumatic(sp?) or hydrolic(sp) or electric! Any leads?
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Old 08/22/10, 09:59 PM
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There is. We have one that runs off our tractor and skidsteer but you can buy a propane driven one:
http://www.propanehammer.com/products.htm
And this one that runs off an air compressor:
http://store.rohrermfg.com/ProductIn...roductid=BASIC T-POST DRIVER

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Not sure if you have a tractor with a bucket on it but I helped someone set up t-posts once by holding the post while he gently dropped the bucket down and sunk the post in slick as can be.

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Old 08/22/10, 10:07 PM
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Consider rental, not purchase, too. A friend of ours rents one that works with his ATV.

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T-posts drive pretty easy. You can drive one in about 30 seconds. You are a homesteader, it involves physical exertion. Get used to it.

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T-posts drive pretty easy. You can drive one in about 30 seconds. You are a homesteader, it involves physical exertion. Get used to it.
Obviously you have NOT tried to drive t-posts in the Ozarks!
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Old 08/22/10, 11:02 PM
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One of my aunts borrowed my tractor once, and drove thousand of t-posts... so many she buggered the front end loader bucket... still usable, it just has character. FEL's are the cat's pajamas... for whacking t-posts in the ground... might bend the posts if you hit rock...

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Obviously you have NOT tried to drive t-posts in the Ozarks!
Well, I have rocks. Easy to relocate a post.
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Old 08/22/10, 11:15 PM
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Well, I have rocks. Easy to relocate a post.
Pretty easy to rent or buy a driver to make short work of a tedious job too.
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Pretty easy to rent or buy a driver to make short work of a tedious job too.
Well, I'm not gonna argue about it, just seems a waste of money to me for the minimal amount of effort required to drive a steel post.
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Old 08/23/10, 08:16 AM
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As mentioned by Tinknal, manual driving 30 seconds of less...Start pounding a few a day mainly after rains....Good workout....Topside

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Obviously you have NOT tried to drive t-posts in the Ozarks!

LOL I was thinking the exact same thing....
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How many T posts are you talking on 2-4 acres? What type of fence? We have high tensile fence around 4 acres, I only have posts every 50 feet or so on the level areas, a few more on the uneven spots. Still managed to get tendonitis in my right arm though. (Probably more from digging the 16 post holes 4 ft deep in NC red clay by hand.) Fence works fine, even fixed some problem goats. I see some people do one every 8-10 ft on high tensile, what a waste of money (posts and insulators!) and effort... save your money for a good charger, and plan on replacing it shortly after the warranty runs out (just figured this one out...). And rent a post hole digger!

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Old 08/23/10, 08:25 AM
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"minimal amount of effort" .. wouldn't that depend on who is doing the driving and what that person is driving that metal post into? If one can afford the better equiptment, I would suggest it be used. Driving metal posts into hard-rock is not always just a little effort. (I drove metal posts into an area that did "not" have "movable" rocks. It was a hardpan made up of "solid" rock. I would not suggest that anyone do this if they don't have to.)

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Old 08/23/10, 08:25 AM
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Not sure if you have a tractor with a bucket on it but I helped someone set up t-posts once by holding the post while he gently dropped the bucket down and sunk the post in slick as can be.
This is how we did it. I hold, dh runs the tractor, our soil basicaly lets us just push them into the ground.
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There are some pneumatic driven ones on the market. I won't drive them anymore with the bucket of the tractor, had a post spring loose from under the bucket and knock me out cold.

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Hire a teenager to pound,,,believe me they could use the money..Topside

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Old 08/23/10, 08:35 AM
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Thanks every one. The links were very helpful. I'm sure we will be renting one. That is kind of expensive.

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Old 08/23/10, 08:45 AM
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How many T posts are you talking on 2-4 acres? What type of fence? We have high tensile fence around 4 acres, I only have posts every 50 feet or so on the level areas, a few more on the uneven spots. Still managed to get tendonitis in my right arm though. (Probably more from digging the 16 post holes 4 ft deep in NC red clay by hand.) Fence works fine, even fixed some problem goats. I see some people do one every 8-10 ft on high tensile, what a waste of money (posts and insulators!) and effort... save your money for a good charger, and plan on replacing it shortly after the warranty runs out (just figured this one out...). And rent a post hole digger!
We will be using field fence. This would be our perimeter fence. My husband wants to place the posts close, like every 10 feet. Since he is placing them and paying for them, I'm good with that. Very little level area on the parcel we are looking at right now. 2 acres in front mostly flat, 4 acres rolling woods.
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Since he is placing them and paying for them, I'm good with that.
So his money is not yours???

What type of animals are you going to be fencing. Many like to scratch on field fence and will destroy it over time unless you add a strand of electric. Also horned goats will get their heads stuck in them...
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Local farmers co-op rents a fence post driver. Only problem being you can't get a piece of equipment to most places you want perimeter fence posts except road frontage. You biggest problem will be corner posts, need wood and they need to be deep.

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Well, I have rocks. Easy to relocate a post.
You have soil with rocks, in the Ozarks we have rocks with a little soil and relocating a post just begets more rocks. Everyones situation is different.
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For your corner you can use 4' cylinders made of heavy wire mesh filled with rocks. That will save you a lot of digging.

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T-posts drive pretty easy. You can drive one in about 30 seconds. You are a homesteader, it involves physical exertion. Get used to it.
Well I'm not sure I'd be quite so rude however, I do agree with tink's basic point-- give it a try by hand.
You might be surprised how easy it actually is. Or rather, how not-difficult. lol

We put in a half mile of fence when we first bought our place.
Wooden posts, every 12 feet, dug in by hand. Four wire fence.
DH and I put it in in a single (hot!!) weekend.
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Well I'm not sure I'd be quite so rude however, I do agree with tink's basic point-- give it a try by hand.
You might be surprised how easy it actually is. Or rather, how not-difficult. lol

We put in a half mile of fence when we first bought our place.
Wooden posts, every 12 feet, dug in by hand. Four wire fence.
DH and I put it in in a single (hot!!) weekend.
That's 'cause you live where there is soil. I've lived places where it took us all weekend to get 3 T-posts in the ground. And that was WITH a pneumatic pounder. Then I've lived in places where you don't bother with T-posts. The whole fence was those cylinders filled with rock. When we first moved to this part of the country we actually would go out and pound some just for the heck of it. The novelty of watching a fence post go into the ground with just a few slams of the pounder was awesome! We still can't get over the fact we can put up enough T-posts to run 900 some odd feet of fencing in just an hour or two.
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You have soil with rocks, in the Ozarks we have rocks with a little soil and relocating a post just begets more rocks. Everyones situation is different.
Seriously. It is not just some rocks. You cannot just move it over, there are rocks everywhere. Even with a huge auger on a decent size tractor my dh could only drill like 2 fence posts in our yard in a DAY. Out my back window is a rock quarry that has been operating for decades and no end in site. My husband is not lazy, did the vast majority of rebuilding our house himself. Works his butt off but I am all for him renting a post driver- his time and energy is worth something.
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That's 'cause you live where there is soil. I've lived places where it took us all weekend to get 3 T-posts in the ground.
Ummm... So have I.
I've also lived in places where you could drive a wooden post, if you just sharpened the end a bit!
Where we're at now has a lot of rocks.


But that doesn't change the basic suggestion to the OP--give it a try. She might be surprised.
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I can tell you this, in TN I bent steel T post trying to drive them with a hand driver and a strong teenage helper. In most cases you can drive them through rock but some rocks are just too big and too hard.

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Judging by the OPs avatar - they are not spring chickens. And they live in Georgia. Pounding posts in hot, humid weather is not a lot of fun, even when you are 20 and have a head full of impossible dreams. I can attest to the fact that doing so when you are <mumble, mumble> and perfectly aware that one more post will be either the cause of a major medical bill or at least a divorce makes the rental of a mechanical post-pounder sound very appealing. We only have 3.5 acres, and we DID pound them in (every 8') with the weighted hollow tube thing, in the height of summer, but our soil isn't so bad, and we were really poor when we did it, thus we couldn't afford to even rent a mechanical pounder

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