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Easy-To-Move Gate Posts
Old tires can be used to make low-cost portable “gate posts”, making it easy to set up gates wherever you need them, says Stewart Drabble, Holstein, Ontario. The swinging gates hang on posts held in place by concrete-filled tractor tires.
Drabble places a steel or wooden post inside an old tractor tire and then fills the tire with concrete. He then mounts hinges on the post to hang a 12 to 14-ft. gate. He uses a front-end loader to move the posts.
    Matthew Ring in Nova Scotia borrowed the idea from Drabble, who is Ring’s wife’s uncle. Ring uses truck or car tires on his farm and says they work well with his subcompact tractor.
“Tire posts are great for changing the configuration of small paddocks. Using metal gates with the posts makes it easy to adjust the layout to whatever we need,” says Ring. “We use 6-ft. tall , 4-in. square wooden posts treated with pine tar. Since our use is primarily for rotational grazing, the wood makes it easy to use screw-in insulators for running electric fence wire. We can easily scoop two gate posts into the loader bucket to move them around, and we can lift the gates off by hand.”
He says the nice thing about this setup is he doesn’t need to have fence posts in the ground. “If we want, we can pasture graze one year and make hay on the same ground the next year. The portable posts are cheap to make, and we don’t have to worry about them rotting in the ground.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Matthew Ring (ph 416 835-2900; matthew.ring@gmail.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #1