You're absolutely right! Installing pipe and tee post fences on hilly terrain is no walk in the park. It's a challenging task that requires not only physical strength but also precision, patience, and a whole lot of determination.
That's why renting a skid steer with an experienced operator like we did with 4:13 Unlimited, LLC and post-driver attachment from United Rentals is often the smartest move for this type of job. Here's why:
The Challenges of Hilly Terrain:
Uneven ground: Driving posts straight and plumb on uneven ground is incredibly difficult with manual tools. You'll be fighting gravity and potentially compromising the fence's stability.
Safety hazards: Working on slopes can be treacherous, especially when handling heavy tools and materials. One misstep could lead to serious injury. Experienced fence builders is well worth the risk.
Time and effort: Manually driving posts into hard soil or rocky terrain is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. You could spend hours (or even days) on a job that a skid steer could finish in a fraction of the time.
The Advantages of Renting a Skid Steer and Post Driver Attachment:
Power and precision: Skid steers provide the brute force needed to drive posts into even the most stubborn ground. The post-driver attachment ensures accuracy and consistency, minimizing the risk of crooked or leaning posts.
Safety and efficiency: Operating a skid steer from the comfort of the seat keeps you out of harm's way on uneven terrain. Additionally, you'll get the job done much faster and with less physical exertion.
Versatility: Skid steers aren't just for post-driving. You can use them for a variety of other tasks around the farm, such as moving dirt, hauling materials, and clearing brush.
Here are some additional benefits of using a skid steer and post-driver attachment:
Reduced risk of damage: Manual post-driving can be rough on your body and your tools. A skid steer takes the strain, protecting you from injuries and prolonging the life of your equipment.
Professional results: A well-driven fence not only looks better but also functions better. With a skid steer, you can achieve a professional-looking fence that will stand the test of time.
Peace of mind: Knowing you have the right tools for the job can give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
Like our older experienced farmer and brother Jim advised, renting a skid steer and post-driver attachment might seem like an extra expense, but it's often a worthwhile investment, especially for challenging jobs like installing fences on hilly terrain. You'll save yourself time, effort, and frustration, and you'll end up with a fence that you can be proud of.
We did right at eighty of a combination of pipe and tee post in four and one-half hours. Using an auger took us over forty hours.
Now our guests have no question as to where our boundaries lie. Backwood's adventures await you and your family.
As always we leave an invitation for you to join us here in Bourbon MO on RGM Farms to experience this wonderful country life.