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Old 03-26-2013   #1
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Default T-Posts...driving in with a bucket?

HI!

Do any of you have any experience driving in T-posts using the tractor bucket? I watched a guy use a Bobcat and bend some up.

Our tractor is an L3700SU (L3800). We need to put up some new fence and thought it might be a good question to ask. I'll be using 8 foot T-posts at 1.33 weight.

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Old 03-26-2013   #2
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Default Re: T-Posts...driving in with a bucket?

I've never tried that, but I would be skeptical. Pushing is different than driving, and unless you have a way to keep the post in position under the bucket, like a piece of pipe fixed or welded to the bottom to capture the post top, then it is going to be an accident waiting to happen. How many do you have to put in? Driving them by hand is hard labor, but far from impossible, safer, and it builds muscle/character.
There is also a pneumatic driver available-
http://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=C...ic+post+driver
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Old 03-26-2013   #3
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Default Re: T-Posts...driving in with a bucket?

Hodge:

I need to put in about 25 of them. My neighbor has a hand thumper that looks like the hydraulic one. Obviously, it's a lot of work.

I thought I could start them with that maybe and then thump it with the loader. It doesn't sound like a good idea now.

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25 posts isn't bad, but that depends a lot on your soil type.
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Default Re: T-Posts...driving in with a bucket?

If ya have some bodies and a case or 6 or adult beverages,, maybe think of a hunk of pipe 3 feet long with a solid cap welded on top and a couple handles welded to the bottom( Heavy walled steel pipe and a plate of maybe 3/8 to 1/2 inch welded in place, there is a lot of stress on the cap),,, and 2 strong young men can drive a post in pretty quickly even in this yellow clay and slate filled ground around here
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Default Re: T-Posts...driving in with a bucket?

25 posts isnt a lot with a handheld post driver. You could start them with a driver and push them with the bucket if you wanted to. I've pushed pointed cedar posts with a JD wheel loader and a bucket of rock or dirt but you've got to have somebody holding the post straight and brave enough or dumb enough to have thier arms under a big heavy bucket. I've done it, didn't say I recommend it.
Depending on soil, most T posts can be driven to depth with 10 strikes or less with a post driver. Don't make it any harder than it is.
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Default Re: T-Posts...driving in with a bucket?

A good hand held driver will driver t-post in most soil with ease. 25 post will be a nice little warm up but not that bad. I've started adding some new hot wire in one of my pastures, drove 14 posts the other day by myself. As long as you have a post driver it's no big deal. All you're going to do trying to drive them with a loader bucket is bend the posts, tear something up or hurt somebody. If you don't have a driver go get one. Between $30 and $40 dollars for a basic model and it will be money well spent. Keep it put up in the dry when not in use and you'll never have to buy another one. If you have a welder and some pipe just build your own, I did and it's been just fine.
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Default Re: T-Posts...driving in with a bucket?

OK, I'll give in to the hand driver. Neighbor here will loan me his. Our soil is "unpredictable." Some is rocky, some is soil. It runs in streaks. It will be a good workout. Thanks for all the advice and comments. I think it runs a little bit too far to the questionable safety side to drive them with a bucket.

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Default Re: T-Posts...driving in with a bucket?

I stumbled across this link. I can't vouch for it, but it looks interesting.

http://www.bucketdriver.com/
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I agree with you WOJO it does look interesting so I whipped one up from scrap today. I will test it and report back.
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