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Should you add weight to a t-post driver?

T-post driver

When we bought our t-post driver last year, I considered welding a weight on the top to give each stroke more oomph.

But it turns out Anna has become the primary pounder now that we don't use a sledge hammer.

The Tractor Supply Deluxe Post Driver is just the right weight for Anna as-is.  So we'll keep the driver weight-free.

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Back when I was a kid (lo, these many years ago), one of the neighbors had a post driver to which he attached old window sash weights when he was driving posts (his wife was a tiny lady, and used it without the weights). He'd spot welded bumps on either side of the driver, two at each end spaced a little less than the length of the sash weight, to serve as stops. To add the weights, he'd put two weights on either side, and secure them with a couple of old radiator clamps positioned so that the band fit between the stops, and tighten them up. Between notches that were filed into the weights for the clamps, and the clamps running between the stops, the weights didn't slip.
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