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MikeHibberd

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  1. Hi All, Thanks for the welcomes and great feed back. Matt, no I haven't considered a digger knocker but after the description of yours maybe i should. I do know of one locally but haven't seen it in action. One concern i'd have is getting the posts looking straight. Do you position the cab in the fence line so you can look down it and use previously installed posts as a guide? Also, do yo have to stab a post in the ground by hand (so it is standing up) to then manoeuvre the machine over the top of it when on your own? Yes, the augers I use are pilot augers so they remove that material allowing for a really solid post once its pointed and rammed in. I'll have a look at the Protech Evo machine too. I'm trying to find some specs on the force at the head of the Munro. I have a down force system which helps even more when knocking in a post. The system uses a ram to pick up the linkage arms of the tractor, essentially transferring the weight of the back end of the tractor over the post. Its quite a system, you actually see the rear tyres lift (not off the ground) I used to use a King Hitter before the Munro and i think it would install post quicker in wet ground (say 2 or 3 hits) but the Munro has more hard ground ability and the ring system that holds the posts gives me more control when they want to spring out of line. I also like the hydraulic engagement of the auger, where with the old king hitter I used to have to work under the hammer weight to swing the auger into position and lock it in. Thanks for the link to uploading photos Goaty, i'll have a go at it.
  2. Hi lads, Thanks for your replies. I tried to attached photos to the original post but kept getting a message saying the photos are too big to attach. They are just standard iPhone photos I've taken, could you shed some light on the best way to attach? I think i have seen a type of power head that attaches to an excavator Tepapa, I could be wrong but I think the design is more for solar farm metal posts and metal crash barrier posts. They seem to be more of a vibrating machine than the one i use which is like a rock breaker for an excavator. I think a company called Auto Guide Equipment make them in Wiltshire. You both have confirmed my fears re the rock spike, I have Tungsten tipped augers that struggle in our ground at times with out a good dose of water and some serious patients! West Fork Fence, great point about retrieving the spike, something I hadn't really considered. I know how well metal star pickets hang on into the ground and they are usually only in 600m so a spike in at strainer depth would be much worse. As I mentioned in the original post, the hole puncher would work well in my town jobs when the ground conditions suited, not having to back blade the augured soil around the site would be handy. Tepapa, do you travel far with your tractor, are you not worried about the cost of replacing tyres with all the road driving? I assume you have a loader on your tractor to unload posts on site and load up your track machine? Do you use a plant trailer for the track machine? West Fork Fence, we have a few Trucks here but nothing like you guys and they are a looking way out of my budget! My ute has 3.5t towing capacity but i fear that by the time you add the weight of the trailer the track machine would need a light truck to pull it around. One of the other guys in town has a skid steer machine with post driver attached, extremely manoeuvrable but did seem a bit like a one trick pony as he needed to run a truck and trailer around site to lay out posts and there was no way the driver could get in and out to help like my driver can. We often need two people to lift the 3.6m 200mm-225mm strainer posts when they are freshly dipped in treatment. Tepapa, thanks for the tip on the arrival of a machine in SA. I might try and get in touch with them and pick their brains. Are they a member on here, is that how you know they have bought one? Do either of you use your machines for rolling out wire and possibly even straining? I doubt that the track machine would have enough ground pressure to get correct tension on the netting? What sort of attachment are you using to roll out and possibly strain? I still use my trusty clamp and chains with extended handles for the 1.8m netting. I tie off at the end of a run making sure i have even tension across the length of the strain with a couple of tension gauges. Cheers
  3. Hi all, Firstly, I'm new! Although I, like most, have viewed the content on here for a while. I apologise in advance, this will be a lengthy post (no pun intended)! Briefly about me: I'm an English lad living in Australia (14 yrs) running a fencing contracting business. I live in the South West of Western Australia where we have 4 seasons, mainly a wet mild winter and long hot summer. Ground conditions vary so much that my machine needs a range of capabilities. It needs the ability to work in wet ground (my current set up is adequate at this) and the ability to drive posts in very hard ground (current machine very good). Work here ranges from stock fencing with strainer assemblies, netting and plain (or hot) wires to vermin fencing (for kangaroos) which is 1.8m high netting. I also install vineyards which usually runs into thousands of posts. Last winter I installed a vineyard with 160 strainers and 3000 intermediate posts. I'm currently looking to add to or replace the Munro post rammer and tractor unit I currently use. I have a front end loader on the tractor which you would all know offers great advantages such as carrying/unloading posts and line clearing. Link below shows the Munro set up, I run a bigger cabbed CASE IH tractor than the one in the link. Track machines caught my eye when looking for replacement options and I can't seem to source one down here. So, I went to Bryce' factory in the boarders last Uk summer to demo a track machine as I was impressed with the versatility of the machine, the cost saving of not paying a driver and its compact size. I have two major concerns. The use of the hammer weight on the Bryce as opposed to the Munro's power head which never leaves the post. The lack of auger and the ability of the rock spike to penetrate really hard aussie ground in summer. The power head offers me a safer working environment and puts as much power into the post at full extension of the mast as it does at the bottom (Important when installing 3.6m vermin fence strainers). The auger allows me to drill ( sometimes with the aid of water) hard ground in the summer. But this machine requires two people, one guy being paid to drive 6 meters and lift and lower the linkage. It also is a big machine so makes tight jobs difficult or impossible - missing out on work. So the questions to the wise men out there: Why aren't there any power head drivers in the UK? And more specifically power heads on track machines (Or track machines in Aus- i don't expect you to answer that one). Perhaps its because they aren't heavy enough to stabilise the power head when over the post. How good is the rock spike in hard ground? Is it only going to compact the ground more making it even harder to get the post in? ( I do like the option for the larger hole punchers when concreting posts in as it will aid footing strength and there will be no earth spoil at the hole) Do the single man operation of the track machine and its versatility out weigh the above mentioned concerns re safety and hard ground ability. How do people move the track machine from job to job? I either drive the tractor or send it on a low loader lorry. I could look at running the two machines, having options for different types of jobs, but that means having a machine sitting idle. Any how, i'll sign off for now. Looking forward to some input/experience/constructive criticism - what ever's required if you managed to get to the bottom of this with out getting bored! Cheer Mike
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