Gas Powered T-Post Driver

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Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by foreverfencing » Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:53 am

If you or someone you know have an "ol' reliable" driver that you want to brag on, I'm all ears!!!

Currently researching for one to buy for my Dad for his birthday - anyone have one that they prefer?

Looking to use it in the TX Panhandle soil - he has a lot of t-posts to put down (Probably building 8-10 miles worth of fence) over the next year or two and it's a one/two-man operation off of a UTV.

While some brands are enticingly cheaper than Redidriver/Rhino/Skidril, I'd pay for a nice one especially if I hear from actual users/buyers that it's worth it. It's going to get A LOT of work, so willing to spend more but if there is one out there that is less expensive that people swear by and can handle our upcoming grind, comment here!


Any comments/advice about 2 stroke vs. 4 stroke, brand comparisons, weight of driver, handling one by yourself, how often you have to service, reliability, all day usage, etc. would be welcome!!!



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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:54 am

Looks like you have researched them more then the rest of us.

I use mostly wooden posts so have a Wheatheart Heavy Hitter trailer post pounder.


There are times a T post driver would come in handy.
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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by RSL » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:48 am

We are looking at these too and would welcome any comments. So far the Skidril one looks like it has an option to handle T posts all the way up to 4".
We have a similar pounder to Big Muddy, but we have a lot of ground where we can't get at things with a tractor (or even a quad).

Others experience would be good to hear.
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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by Texan » Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:44 am

I wish there was something affordable for this. My post driver is getting old and noisy and doesn't work like it used to. Not to mention that it won't fix supper if it does too many in one day.

Welcome to Ranchers, foreverfencing. If you have any tool rental places close enough, check with them to see what they have. Some of them have both gas-powered and air-powered drivers that you can rent for a day or a week (or longer) to see what you like and don't like.

I've thought about a post driver of some type, but never have seen anything that I really like. Trying to drive all I can in the spring while the ground is still wet and before it gets too hot is the best solution I've ever come up with. Even if you hire some help to do it, they're still much more efficient in the spring, too.

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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by Hayguy » Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:32 pm

if anyone has any thing that will drive 3/8 to 5/8 re-bar posts besides the 3lb hammer from princess, i'm all ears.... rotary hammer??

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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:20 pm

A Rock!

You really don't like slip hammers
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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by RSL » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:29 pm

Hayguy wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:32 pm
if anyone has any thing that will drive 3/8 to 5/8 re-bar posts besides the 3lb hammer from princess, i'm all ears.... rotary hammer??
Princess Auto does have such a beast beyond a 3lb.
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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by lavacarancher » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:45 pm

Little off subject but I use an IH 1486 FEL bucket and a 2" pipe sleeve and push them in the ground. If they won't go I scoop up a yd of dirt to add weight and push them in.

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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by VCC » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:19 pm

I watched a demo of this driver , at the Int. Farm Expo last year, it runs off of air but it ran pretty slick.
http://www.powerpostdriver.com/picket_post_driver.html

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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by Hayguy » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:46 pm

lavacarancher wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:45 pm
Little off subject but I use an IH 1486 FEL bucket and a 2" pipe sleeve and push them in the ground. If they won't go I scoop up a yd of dirt to add weight and push them in.
something like this one lavacarancher


https://bucketdriver.3dcartstores.com/

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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by Cowpuncher » Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:59 am

We made a post driver out of 2" pipe. Put a round plate about 6" across on one end and a similar round donut on the other. These work real good if you have someone hold the post up straight to get it started. The lenght of the pipe determines the height of the posts. I put in a few miles of fence with this by myself, but it sure made for a lot of climbing off and on the tractor.

When the weight of the tractor isn't enough to force the post into the ground, we picked up a rock weighing about a ton to give it an assist. I don't reccomend this!!

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Re: Gas Powered T-Post Driver

Post by lavacarancher » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:59 pm

Hayguy wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:46 pm
lavacarancher wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:45 pm
Little off subject but I use an IH 1486 FEL bucket and a 2" pipe sleeve and push them in the ground. If they won't go I scoop up a yd of dirt to add weight and push them in.
something like this one lavacarancher


https://bucketdriver.3dcartstores.com/
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