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T-post puller

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Shannon for pointing out the above T-post puller which can be found for a bit under a hundred dollars.

The design is clever, but I don't think it would work with our lower grade fence posts.

These lighter posts are more like a U shape. They fit in well with our applications at less than half the price of the sturdier T-post.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment. uses the bumper jack method. A bumper jack can be had for 5-10 bucks at many junk yards. Although they are getting harder to find. Jack and a strap will work as well as most T-post pullers, and will work as well on the cheaper posts you've got (which I've used in the past) as long as you can keep the strap from slipping on the post.

I've always been cheap and just used the wiggle-wiggle-pull method here, but we don't have rocks in our soil. I wouldn't want to fight too many posts out of the ground by hand where you are.

Comment by Shannon Sun Feb 6 17:18:41 2011
Assuming these u-shaped posts have regularly spaced holes, all you need to pull them is a sturdy piece of wood, e.g. a 2x4, with a nail just big enough to fit the holes in the post driven through one end and a fulcrum to rest it on...
Comment by Roland_Smith Sun Feb 6 17:57:26 2011
If not a 2x4 then something like the puller for the "T" post but with a pin to fit in the holes instead of the articulated end as that puller has.
Comment by vester Mon Feb 7 16:07:38 2011
Mark says that Roland's idea is ingenious! Shannon, we do pretty well with the wiggle method, but it can get tough in some of our heavy clay.
Comment by anna Mon Feb 7 16:55:47 2011
Just noticed you'd commented while I was commenting... :-)
Comment by anna Tue Feb 8 11:22:44 2011

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