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 05-08-2002, 21:56 Post: 38345
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 Old T post removal

I have been trying to pull out some old t posts and these things are kicking my behind and I'm looking for suggestions. I have wiggled, bent, rocked, dug, tried to pull with a hi lift jack, post puller and the accessable ones I tried to pull with the FEL of my TC40. I have had no luck yet. The only other option I can think of is to cut them off with a torch, but them I'd hate to have a horse, cow or elk step on it. The posts have been in the ground for many years, and there is a reason these are called the "Rocky Mountains" Any help would be appreciated.

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 05-09-2002, 05:41 Post: 38348
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Sounds a little bit like removing old big dish satellite posts. That could be a growth industry around here. There are about two bags of concrete around each post. After I figure how to get the dish off the post, I figure I'd try to find the perimeter of the concrete and then dig next to it with a post hole auger. I have great faith that I should be able to push the post over or loosen it enough to pull it out.






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 05-09-2002, 06:03 Post: 38350
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Like most 'tractor guys', I receive great satisfaction from doing a job myself with the tools I have available. But, every now and then I meet my match and have to concede to the skills and superior (bigger) tools of a professional. What I'm trying to say is that it seems that you have tried all that you can. Maybe it's time to rent a big backhoe machine or even pay someone with a bigger machine to come and do the job. Also, as Tom alluded, maybe these posts are set in concrete? I have cut some off with a torch but I was also able to dig down a few inches below grade and make the cut there and then backfill. Good luck.
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 05-09-2002, 07:55 Post: 38361
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I never set my T posts in concrete, I only use a slide hammer to pound them in the ground.
I have run against some that seem to be fixed into the ground with concrete though. Have you tried using the 3pt hitch? You have more lift pressure. We normally put in a bale spear or pallet forks. Chain in the center of the frame and rap the chain down low on the T bar.
Other than that a lot of farmers here have there own backhoe and they pull them with the hoe. Or dig them out.






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 05-09-2002, 19:05 Post: 38396
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I have a post jack, our ground is heavy clay but have never had a problem pulling a post. They cost ~$25.






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 05-09-2002, 19:54 Post: 38400
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If you don't mind the post 'bottom' remaining in the ground, rock them back and forth until they break off (usually right at ground level), then use a maul to pound them down a bit below ground level. Less equipment to lug along (than a torch), and much less expensive than trying to get a tractor to each one (although if that is easy to do, then it is more fun).






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 05-10-2002, 07:23 Post: 38422
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Here's an idea I've seen work well before. I'll do my best at explaining it, but a picture would be better (hint, hint, dennis Wink yeah right

Make an "A" frame out of 2x4's. Lean the frame against the post, say with the bottom about 10" away from the post. Anchor a rope/chain to the bottom of the post and string it up and over the "crotch" of the frame and finally to the tow bar of your tractor (you do have a tractor, don't you?). Pull - the forward motion of the tractor will be transferred to vertical motion by the "A" frame.

I didn't want to burden this post with all kinds of dimensions for the "A" frame - if you grasp the concept that I so feebly tried to express here, you're probably able to visualize what I'm talking about.






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 05-02-2005, 22:05 Post: 110648
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Can you mentioned the brand name of the post and where to purchased it

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 05-02-2005, 22:26 Post: 110649
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dynamite... if that doesn't work, a tactical nuclear device....






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 05-03-2005, 07:07 Post: 110656
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In rocky ground, it's almost imperative that they come straight UP and out. I've broken post jacks on this type post, and occasionally resort to the barrel and chain technique. Place a 55g drum, or some other suitably sturdy tall device next to the post. Affix your chain to the post at ground level. Route the chain up the post and OVER the barrel. Connect the other end to the towing vehicle. Drive forward, post has no choice but to go UP.

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