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    Suggestions Please to Installing (planting) Metal T Fence Posts

    I have 100 plus metal "T" fence posts to install . . . they are 7 ft in length . . . will have another 150 to install later in the year

    Anyone have any tricks on how to plant the posts with either the 1025r FEL or the back-hoe?

    Much appreciate any info or suggestions you may have.

    Yes I know about the pipe sliding hammers but at my age an easier way would be great!
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    Loader push

    A loader bucket full of rock will either push them in or bend them, depending on the operator and the soil conditions. It really requires two people- one to operate the loader and the other to set the posts in position. It's also better to have something on the bottom of the loader to hold the post like a shallow inverted pipe cap tack welded to the bucket.

    I'm not a huge fan of using a loader because it puts the "post" guy in a position where he/she is holding the posts while the loader bucket is coming down on top of the post. Even just reaching in from one side means part of their body is under a heavy weight not to mention the fun that can happen if the operator doesn't have a good touch on the controls. It's also a bit tricky to keep the posts vertical, at the proper depth and in line.

    My suggestion would be to find some strong young kids and offer them a price per post to pound them in. If the ground is dry and hard, it's real work. If you can catch a wet spell the posts go in pretty easily.

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    There is no easy way. Wet dirt or sand are the only thing that makes it easier. After putting in thousands of them in with a picket pounder, the long tube used, I would follow Treefarmer advice and hire some kids to do it. The buckets tend to bend them or make them go in crooked more often than not.

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    The easy way is hire it done. We tried using the FEL and ended up with a bunch of bent post. It was also hard to keep them lined up. Look at bulletin boards around town or in classified ads for odd jobs.
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    If you have that many to install why not invest in a gas-powered T-post driver? They are like $250 and at the end of the job you can keep it or sell it.



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    [QUOTE=jgayman;3046914]If you have that many to install why not invest in a gas-powered T-post driver? They are like $250 and at the end of the job you can keep it or sell it.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15EXPoBWg84[/QUOTE


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    I just checked Everything Attachments and they have some 3point drivers but they start at $2800 and go up from there. You would probably need to go in business or have a LOT of acreage to fence in order to make it worth it.

    The Titan driver listed isn't cheap either but at $700 I would be more inclined to fork that kind of money over than for a tractor mounted driver. I suppose you could probably rent a Titan driver?
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    I've put in thousands of T posts with a loader bucket, but always using bigger tractors, not S/M/CUTs.
    With 7' posts, I don't think the 1025 will reach high enough anyway...

    If you get a post pounder with handles it works much better than just a capped pipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 69project View Post
    I just checked Everything Attachments and they have some 3point drivers but they start at $2800 and go up from there. You would probably need to go in business or have a LOT of acreage to fence in order to make it worth it.

    The Titan driver listed isn't cheap either but at $700 I would be more inclined to fork that kind of money over than for a tractor mounted driver. I suppose you could probably rent a Titan driver?
    You can get the non-honda powered Titan for about ~$400 and the Honda powered one for ~$600. There are knock offs for cheaper than that.

    Me and my buddy laid out 20 6' posts along a string and drove them all 2' into the ground in 5 minutes. That was more of a time trail and was more work than I normally like, but we wanted to see how quick it would go.

    The gas drivers are nice and a ton easier than a manual driver, but they are still work. I bought mine with the thought that I would sell it when I get done with our property, but I may end up keeping it.
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