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Fence Post Drivers for Tall Posts

The Missoula center will soon distribute a new tech tip covering the selection and testing of commercially available fence post drivers that can handle 10-foot-long metal T-posts. These posts were needed for a project testing various fence exclosures designed to keep elk, moose, and deer out of overgrazed aspen and willow groves. The project was completed on the Dillon and Phillipsburg Ranger Districts with the cooperation of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

The 10-foot-long metal T-posts were used to construct the 7- to 8-foot-tall exclosures. Manual post drivers available at local hardware and farm supply stores required installers to stand on a platform or in the back of a truck to drive these long posts. This was impractical and unsafe in steep terrain, so MTDC began a market search to see if an inexpensive, acceptable tool was available. This tech tip lists three commercially available manual post drivers and one designed by MTDC. All four were tested by the center and the results will be presented in the tech tip, which will be available early in 2004.

Cover for the Tech Tip Manual Post Drivers for 8- to 10-Foot-Long Metal Posts.

For more information, contact Gary Kees, project leader (phone: 406–829–6753; fax: 406–329–3719; e-mail: gkees@fs.fed.us).


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