New Post Driver

Share knowledge or ideas about doing anything and everything.
Farm Fence Solutions
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1911
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:22 pm

Re: New Post Driver

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:44 am

True Grit Farms wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
ddd75 wrote:looks pretty nice.

I like how it hits the plate instead of the post.. should really help with damaging the posts.

I also see they are using tornada wire.. :)


Of course they are using Tornado. ;-) 100% of the contractors that have given it a chance, are now using it on a regular basis. It is very noticeably better in quality than anything else available today, and that's not just a sales pitch. Ever wonder why Bekaert left Europe? :D
http://www.tornadowire.co.uk/about-us/

Is this the same person that was selling the contractor Gripple tool as the best, do everything tool?


We sell them, but Fence is the one that uses them for everything. I even saw him eying one while he was skinning a deer. I'm sure he'll eventually get that figured out. :nod:
0 x
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

User avatar
pricefarm
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1234
Joined: Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:05 pm
Location: Southwest Va

Re: New Post Driver

Postby pricefarm » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:47 am

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
pricefarm wrote:Looks like a really nice rig. All the fence builders around here use post drivers that mount on the front of a skid steer. They seem to do a pretty good job



When I made the switch from a tractor mounted rig to a skid steer, I thought it couldn't get any better. When I made the switch from the skid steer mounted driver to a one man tracked unit...... :D It's tough to convince a bunch of hard headed American fence builders that there is a much better way. Me included. A skid steer and driver are certainly an effective combo, but I do prefer being able to run alone if I need to.


Yes being able to work alone would be good. It takes two people with a skid steer driver
0 x

fence_it
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 210
Joined: Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:31 pm
Location: way out west

Re: New Post Driver

Postby fence_it » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:16 am

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:After a year and a half of searching for the best machine for our needs, the decision has been made. The biggest weight they can hang on this one is 70 pounds lighter than my current machine, which makes me a little nervous. (840 lbs vs 770) I've got the rock spike penciled in, but not sure if I'll keep it since it will have the auger. Planning on 4" and 6" bits for sure, and thinking pretty hard about a 2". I've got a front blade, a winch, wider tracks (18" instead of 14") and a light kit on the build sheet. It will also have all JIC hose fittings instead of British Standard. This machine will weigh 11,000 pounds less than my current driver, so I'll be able to haul the driver and the skid steer on the same load. By my calculations, I should gain about 20 days of productivity per year,(not even counting the breakdowns you get with an "experienced" machine) with the added benefit of being mobile enough to head to a better climate when we get droughted or frozen out. Being able to travel efficiently would have net us close to 75 more days of work this year. Unfortunately, it will have to have a tier 4 engine. :bang: Anyhow, the Protech Evo 1 is the driver to win the prize. I've run a few of their drivers, and visited their shop.....Nice guys and quality equipment. In the end, they were one of only 2 (Simon Dale of SOLO was the other)that were willing to make some design changes to fit the needs of a stubborn American.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0rCeLwTeEM&t=327s


Man you sure know how to make a guy jealous! :D

Congratulations, hope it serves you well.
1 x
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

User avatar
greybeard
Mentor
Mentor
Posts: 17231
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:51 pm
Location: Cleveland Tx

Re: New Post Driver

Postby greybeard » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:55 pm

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
True Grit Farms wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
Of course they are using Tornado. ;-) 100% of the contractors that have given it a chance, are now using it on a regular basis. It is very noticeably better in quality than anything else available today, and that's not just a sales pitch. Ever wonder why Bekaert left Europe? :D
http://www.tornadowire.co.uk/about-us/

Is this the same person that was selling the contractor Gripple tool as the best, do everything tool?


We sell them, but Fence is the one that uses them for everything. I even saw him eying one while he was skinning a deer. I'm sure he'll eventually get that figured out. :nod:

And his wife probably now has something else to ask about when she empties his pockets before doing the laundry--'what are these things?" ...or complain about when a gripple is bangin around in the dryer..
(You can guess how I know this..)
0 x
"For evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing" Burke

It ain't easy being a used cow salesman.

Covet Not!

ddd75
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2213
Joined: Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:47 am
Location: KY

Re: New Post Driver

Postby ddd75 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:32 am

pricefarm wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
pricefarm wrote:Looks like a really nice rig. All the fence builders around here use post drivers that mount on the front of a skid steer. They seem to do a pretty good job



When I made the switch from a tractor mounted rig to a skid steer, I thought it couldn't get any better. When I made the switch from the skid steer mounted driver to a one man tracked unit...... :D It's tough to convince a bunch of hard headed American fence builders that there is a much better way. Me included. A skid steer and driver are certainly an effective combo, but I do prefer being able to run alone if I need to.


Yes being able to work alone would be good. It takes two people with a skid steer driver



i had a dan user hammer driver. it had a claw that would pick up the posts and swing them under the driver. 1 man operation. I put in quite a bit of fence with it by myself. only bad thing I didn't like about that driver was that it hollered the hole out from moving the skid steer around. that heavy driver up high like that moves the machine around quite a bit. so the next year you'd have slightly lose posts.
0 x

Farm Fence Solutions
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1911
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:22 pm

Re: New Post Driver

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:59 am

ddd75 wrote:
pricefarm wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:

When I made the switch from a tractor mounted rig to a skid steer, I thought it couldn't get any better. When I made the switch from the skid steer mounted driver to a one man tracked unit...... :D It's tough to convince a bunch of hard headed American fence builders that there is a much better way. Me included. A skid steer and driver are certainly an effective combo, but I do prefer being able to run alone if I need to.


Yes being able to work alone would be good. It takes two people with a skid steer driver



i had a dan user hammer driver. it had a claw that would pick up the posts and swing them under the driver. 1 man operation. I put in quite a bit of fence with it by myself. only bad thing I didn't like about that driver was that it hollered the hole out from moving the skid steer around. that heavy driver up high like that moves the machine around quite a bit. so the next year you'd have slightly lose posts.


The Danuser folks sent one over with a salesman for a demo..... I do believe that the Danuser driver has it's place with farmers, ranchers, and for the occasional fence job, but the salesman couldn't even get one straight and it was just way to inefficient for us to consider. I have a neighbor that bought one, and for what they needed, it's perfect. I build most of their fence, so they just needed to be able to skip a post in here and there on the old fences. I also think that the same style of driving mechanism, hung on a sliding mast similar to my machine, would be the ticket for the conditions I saw around Fence's place in TX. I just don't like all that it takes to stay right over a post with them mounted on a loader. :D
0 x
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

Farm Fence Solutions
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1911
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:22 pm

Re: New Post Driver

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:00 am

greybeard wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
True Grit Farms wrote:Is this the same person that was selling the contractor Gripple tool as the best, do everything tool?


We sell them, but Fence is the one that uses them for everything. I even saw him eying one while he was skinning a deer. I'm sure he'll eventually get that figured out. :nod:

And his wife probably now has something else to ask about when she empties his pockets before doing the laundry--'what are these things?" ...or complain about when a gripple is bangin around in the dryer..
(You can guess how I know this..)


That's what's known as an "East Texas Mud Room Maraca". :lol2:
0 x
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

callmefence
GURU
GURU
Posts: 4883
Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:36 pm
Location: Fencemans place...central Texas

Re: New Post Driver

Postby callmefence » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:08 am

greybeard wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
True Grit Farms wrote:Is this the same person that was selling the contractor Gripple tool as the best, do everything tool?


We sell them, but Fence is the one that uses them for everything. I even saw him eying one while he was skinning a deer. I'm sure he'll eventually get that figured out. :nod:

And his wife probably now has something else to ask about when she empties his pockets before doing the laundry--'what are these things?" ...or complain about when a gripple is bangin around in the dryer..
(You can guess how I know this..)


She keeps any money. Gripples, pocket knives and ammo i have to buy back.
0 x
If it ain't tight , It ain't right.




You can all go to he// . I'll go to Texas.
David Crockett

User avatar
1982vett
GURU
GURU
Posts: 8497
Joined: Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:57 pm
Location: Central Texas

Re: New Post Driver

Postby 1982vett » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:37 am

callmefence wrote:
greybeard wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
We sell them, but Fence is the one that uses them for everything. I even saw him eying one while he was skinning a deer. I'm sure he'll eventually get that figured out. :nod:

And his wife probably now has something else to ask about when she empties his pockets before doing the laundry--'what are these things?" ...or complain about when a gripple is bangin around in the dryer..
(You can guess how I know this..)


She keeps any money. Gripples, pocket knives and ammo i have to buy back.

Just be sure your buying back clean ones..... :lol2:
1 x
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. ~Albert Einstein
Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day. ~Harry S. Truman

fence_it
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 210
Joined: Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:31 pm
Location: way out west

Re: New Post Driver

Postby fence_it » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:29 am

As far as American post drivers go, I think it is hard to beat a Shaver. The HD-12 grand slam springless is very impressive. Their is a video of it pounding posts alongside the danuser and it absolutely blows the danuser away. I've seen the kinghitters (what one of our main competitors here uses) and they are just horribly slow and ineffecient. I know another guy here who bought a danuser, seen him using it once but now he shows up to most every fence job with his shaver.
0 x
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

Farm Fence Solutions
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1911
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:22 pm

Re: New Post Driver

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:50 am

fence_it wrote:As far as American post drivers go, I think it is hard to beat a Shaver. The HD-12 grand slam springless is very impressive. Their is a video of it pounding posts alongside the danuser and it absolutely blows the danuser away. I've seen the kinghitters (what one of our main competitors here uses) and they are just horribly slow and ineffecient. I know another guy here who bought a danuser, seen him using it once but now he shows up to most every fence job with his shaver.


I would estimate that I've driven somewhere north of 100,000 posts with a Shaver. Thank God that part of my life is behind me, but it was certainly better than hand digging all of them. :lol: What model of Kinghitter? (Made in New Zealand, BTW) The few I've been around seemed to be pretty good units. One of these days, we need to get you on a plane to visit......We'll get you switched to the dark side. :lol:
0 x
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

Ohio Cowboy
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 77
Joined: Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:36 am

Re: New Post Driver

Postby Ohio Cowboy » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:44 am

FF, when you get to wanting to test that rock spike you just let me know. I've got the perfect place you can practice on :D
0 x

fence_it
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 210
Joined: Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:31 pm
Location: way out west

Re: New Post Driver

Postby fence_it » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:51 am

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
fence_it wrote:As far as American post drivers go, I think it is hard to beat a Shaver. The HD-12 grand slam springless is very impressive. Their is a video of it pounding posts alongside the danuser and it absolutely blows the danuser away. I've seen the kinghitters (what one of our main competitors here uses) and they are just horribly slow and ineffecient. I know another guy here who bought a danuser, seen him using it once but now he shows up to most every fence job with his shaver.


I would estimate that I've driven somewhere north of 100,000 posts with a Shaver. Thank God that part of my life is behind me, but it was certainly better than hand digging all of them. :lol: What model of Kinghitter? (Made in New Zealand, BTW) The few I've been around seemed to be pretty good units. One of these days, we need to get you on a plane to visit......We'll get you switched to the dark side. :lol:


Dont get me wrong, I would use one of them fancy British machines in a heartbeat! Dont know if Dad would go for it though, he is a bit old and set in his ways. :cowboy: Not having to pay someone 15/hr to sit in the seat might sway him though.

I think the Kinghitter is a series 2? I know the mast is ridiculously tall and it requires a 80hp tractor. Not ideal for many of our rural small acreage properties around here. There is a farm equipment dealer here that sells them, popular in the vineyards and berry fields for pounding trellis post. They are ridicously slow compared compared to the shaver, or maybe the guy I was watching pound didnt know what he was doing. All I know is ive watched them spend 3 minutes on a post that would have taken us 30 seconds. Same deal with the Danuser, slow.
1 x
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

Farm Fence Solutions
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1911
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:22 pm

Re: New Post Driver

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:59 am

fence_it wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
fence_it wrote:As far as American post drivers go, I think it is hard to beat a Shaver. The HD-12 grand slam springless is very impressive. Their is a video of it pounding posts alongside the danuser and it absolutely blows the danuser away. I've seen the kinghitters (what one of our main competitors here uses) and they are just horribly slow and ineffecient. I know another guy here who bought a danuser, seen him using it once but now he shows up to most every fence job with his shaver.


I would estimate that I've driven somewhere north of 100,000 posts with a Shaver. Thank God that part of my life is behind me, but it was certainly better than hand digging all of them. :lol: What model of Kinghitter? (Made in New Zealand, BTW) The few I've been around seemed to be pretty good units. One of these days, we need to get you on a plane to visit......We'll get you switched to the dark side. :lol:


Dont get me wrong, I would use one of them fancy British machines in a heartbeat! Dont know if Dad would go for it though, he is a bit old and set in his ways. :cowboy: Not having to pay someone 15/hr to sit in the seat might sway him though.

I think the Kinghitter is a series 2? I know the mast is ridiculously tall and it requires a 80hp tractor. Not ideal for many of our rural small acreage properties around here. There is a farm equipment dealer here that sells them, popular in the vineyards and berry fields for pounding trellis post. They are ridicously slow compared compared to the shaver, or maybe the guy I was watching pound didnt know what he was doing. All I know is ive watched them spend 3 minutes on a post that would have taken us 30 seconds. Same deal with the Danuser, slow.


I've got a Dad that used to be just like that. :lol:
1 x
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

Farm Fence Solutions
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1911
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:22 pm

Re: New Post Driver

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:01 pm

Ohio Cowboy wrote:FF, when you get to wanting to test that rock spike you just let me know. I've got the perfect place you can practice on :D


The rock spike is already well tested! :lol:
0 x
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison


Return to “Tips 'n Tricks”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests