To push a post in with a tractor? If you hit a rock you can bend the post. And hard pack gravel, but ordinary dirt is always presses right in. Just make sure you have it straight or you'll be looking at a wonky post.
If you have a tractor with a loader, pulling a T post is a 2 second job. Pushing a new one in is a 3-second job. Pulling them by hand is no fun at all
If only... Sadly, no tractor. Not even a t-post driver. DH uses a sledge hammer while I hold the t-post... And he has the upper body strength to pull the t-posts out - I don’t. I tried the other night, I got it to wiggle back & forth, but couldn’t get it to budge upwards. <sigh> I’ll figure it out, and get them out eventually. Probably by digging. 🙄
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Post by thystledown on Jan 18, 2019 22:04:30 GMT -5
ugh. My Jersey got her neck chain caught on an electric fence! She just stood there too. She does not wear anything on her neck now. oh, and we pull t-posts with a chain on the tractor bucket. We always weld a hook to the top of the bucket and use a log chain from that to the post. Wrap around the post and raise the bucket. Then throw the post into the bucket. A two person job, but very fast for moving fencing around afterfeed. Use the bucket to push in the posts too. I know not everyone has a tractor and bucket --but thought I'd mention it anyway.
dad had a big clydesdal horse that had spent most of his life dragging logs from the hills into the saw mill ,at the end of the day they tie him up for the night , he was older and why dad got him cheap , they delivered him on a flatbed truck with his harness on , he was slow calm n steady as they backed up to a bank and he stepped down, now he was semi retired my uncle only used him a few days every season when plowing or makeing hay as he prefered his faster belgum mare . he'd come when called or nicker back at least . on pasture on the big hilly farm they did'nt check on the horses every day but they had'nt seen him for a few days so we spent the day searching finally we heard a faint nicker from a thickly wooded area ,the horses had went there to excape the heat n flys of summer and he had a grape vine 1/2 way round his neck ;he could of backed out easy ,but thinking he was tied like he had spent so many nights he had stood there calmly for 2 + days till my uncle touched his nose and told him to back up . we led him to water where he only allowed him a few swallows and then some hay a couple times, uncle said he was so thirsty he might of foundered on water ,they new to watch him better after that .I bet a lot of cows horses that spent days it a stantion or tie stall will do the same if fouled like that .
Post by westxgrl13 on Jan 22, 2019 15:25:55 GMT -5
Wow, Arnie! Everything about that story is amazing! My great-granddaddy, granddaddy, daddy, and uncle used horses for pulling cedar posts and pickets out of canyon headers, but never a draft horse--just regular ol' "cow ponies" that they used for riding, as well. I bet that horse was some glad to hear/see you all coming!!!
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