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“No-Step” Electric Fence Post
“My new portable fence post is made from a 1/2-in. fiberglass rod with a 5-in. long, 3/16-in. thick steel spike at the bottom that can be quickly pushed into the ground, saving time and labor. Even in hard or frozen ground, you can easily drive it in with a rubber mallet,” says Kelly Troester, Marsland, Neb. “The electric wire is held on with a steel clip that slides over the post.”
  To illustrate how strong the posts are, a YouTube video shows Troester using a rubber mallet to drive one of his posts into a 2 by 4. “Posts with steps work fine in softer ground, but in harder ground they’re too flimsy and bend too easily,” he says.
  The spike is 5 in. long, with 1 in. of it glued inside the post. Troester drills a hole into the end of the post, then roughs up one end of the spike and glues it in.
  Because the posts are smooth with nothing on them to get tangled up, they’re a lot easier to handle, says Troester. “You can hold 15 to 20 of my no-step posts with one hand without them getting tangled up, whereas if you try to hold just 3 step-in posts you’ve got an armful. No steps also makes for compact transport and storage.”
  He says his no-step post works especially well with rotational grazing, where you’re moving fences frequently. “By using a shoulder-held quiver, you can carry the posts while stringing out wire, allowing you to put in posts and lay out wire in the same trip.”
  The no-step post sells for $4.25 plus S&H; with orders of 50 or more they sell for $4.15 apiece plus S&H.
  You can see a video of the no-step fence post at Farmshow.com.        Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kelly
Troester, 3143 River Road, Marsland, Neb. 69354 (ph 308 430-5529; ktroester@gmail.com; www portablefencepost.com.

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6