Post driver tool aims to ease fencing headache
FENCING is often a winter maintenance task which is not particularly looked forward to, but Autoguide Equipment’s new Mini Postmaster post driver may make the role a lot easier and safer too.
The machine is an alternative to falling weight post drivers, and attaches to mini diggers or skid steer loaders, allowing access where tractors dare not tread.
Autoguide managing-director, Richard Robinson, explains that the unit is a light duty, twin-shaft vibrating post driver, available with the option to both install and remove fence posts: “Its number one feature is that it puts safety first,” he says, noting that each fence post is firmly gripped by the unit, allowing the actual installation process to be carried out entirely by the digger or skid steer operator – thus minimising the risk of an accident to a second operator.
Degrees of danger
Mr Robinson adds that conventional fence post installation is known to have its dangers with HSE data from the agricultural sector alones revealing 13 RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) reportable injuries relating to post drivers between 2004 and 2008 (two of which were fatal).
The company adds that the post driver can be installed on the carrier vehicle in under a minute, and will be able to install up to 200 posts per hour. Accuracy of installation is said to be excellent too, as the machine has a vibrating action which will allow stones to be passed and keep the post straight.
Suitable for 1.5 to three-tonne mini diggers and skid steer loaders, the post driver comes in MPM1 format (install posts only), or MPM2 format (which can install and remove posts).