David Arko built his homemade post puller last winter so he could remove an old windbreak fence this spring. He built the puller from materials that were part of the fence he is taking down, using oil field pipes that the previous property owner had used for fence rails.
Arko used a 5-ft. pipe with an eye welded at the top for the vertical piece, then welded it to a short 2 1/2-ft. pipe and a 5-ft. pivot pipe secured with bracing. He hooked the chain to the end of the pipe on the ground and wrapped the chain around the post and up through the eye on the vertical pipe to the tractor hitch.
“It uses leverage and the low gear of the tractor,” Arko says. “All of the stress is on the chain.”
The pivot pipe on the ground acts like the claw of a hammer pulling up the pole as the tractor moves ahead.
Arko notes that by spring his region in Colorado had received more than average rainfall and that the poles came up very easily with his pulling setup.
“This would work for someone who doesn’t have a loader. It could also be used with a pickup,” Arko says of his setup.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Arko, 6255 Co. Rd. 88, Fort Collins, Colo. 80524 (ph 970 215-7395; firstname.lastname@example.org)