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“Pilot Post” Helps Build Fence In Rocky Ground
Idaho rancher Michael Thomas uses a 7-ft. long pointed metal “pilot post” to set wood fence posts in rocky or frozen ground. He simply uses it to dig a pilot hole.
  As the metal post is driven down through rocky or frozen ground, it pushes the rocks aside, whereas a wood post would be forced out of line or just shatter. Several other ranchers in the area have also borrowed the pilot post, which was made by a neighbor.
  It measures about 3 in. in dia. and can be driven into just about anything but solid rock. The bottom 3 ft. of the post is made from solid steel while the rest of the post is hollow. The top has a thick metal cap on it for the post pounder to hit.
  You drive the pilot post down as far as you want and then use a front-end loader to pull it out. Then insert the wood post into the pilot hole and drive it into the slightly smaller hole, which will make the wood post stable and secure.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Heather Thomas (hsmiththomas@centurytel.net).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6