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Choosing the right Post

Farm/Garden

Tuckers Pet & Produce stores hold a range of fencing products from wire, droppers to posts and electric energizers. Even if you have a few acres or a small hobby farm and need to keep pests out of a selected area, it is essential to have a proper and well-constructed fence.

Below, Whites Rural discuss how to choose the right Post for the right job!

 

“Your fencing is only as strong as the fence posts it’s secured to”

A well-constructed, well-positioned fence is one of the most effective farm management tools. It’s an investment that protects your stock and crops, so it pays to install it properly.

Your fence is likely to be one of your biggest property investments this year, so be sure it’s properly installed by using the correct materials and installation techniques. We can’t stress enough that fencing is only as strong as the fence posts it’s secured to. The best fencing product in the world can’t protect your livestock if it can’t withstand animal pressure and the elements.

 

Start at the End

Strainer posts, or end assemblies, are the foundations of a fence. They anchor the fence at its corners, support gates, and provide a tensioning point for long sections of fencing. As such they are critical to the overall stability of the fence.

A braced post is designed to take the tension from the horizontal fence wires; wires furthest from the ground exerting the greatest force.
The pull of those wires is offset by diagonal bracing to keep the fence upright and straight.

 

Line Stability

Fence posts are designed to support the wire fencing along the fence line. These are predominantly in the form of steel ‘Y’ posts in Australia however timber posts are still used to provide a different aesthetic. If you use timber posts, check out local knowledge about local timbers. Avoid timber if there is the potential problem of termites or fire in your area.

Steel ‘Y’ posts are lighter than timber and easy to install. They can be driven with a manual or mechanical driver. To assist in ensuring your posts are driven to the correct depth, Stockpost fence posts have a line mark indicating how far to drive them; this simple device ensures your fence height is even at all points above the ground.

 

Faster Fence Posts

Time is money and there is no doubt that fencing is a tough job. Efforts to improve the fencing process are always welcome and Whites Rural’s Ute pack is an Australian idea, designed locally for faster fencing.

Traditional slings are commonly sold in lots of 400 with wire ties around every bundle of 10 posts. Stockpost Ute Pack features the same Stockpost fence post but in a lots of 200 in a clamp-down pack. This means that the sling of posts can be transported to site on a ute (200 post weigh less than a ton); and, once on site, the clamp-down bolts are loosened and the posts remove quickly and more easily.

When properly installed, your fence can be expected to last 20-25 years or more depending on conditions and maintenance. Whether you hire a fencing contractor or install it yourself it is good to understand the correct type of post and installation practices that play a critical role the longevity of your fence.

For all your fencing requirements, shop at your local Tuckers Pet & Produce store and your local team will help you find the right product for the job.

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