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#1 Markhibberdfencing

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 09:14 am

Anyone using laser levels for agricultural fencing? I have no knowledge about them so if they are used by people for stock fencing etc what product should I be looking at? Thank you guys and girls.

#2 HenryG

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 12:35 pm

only really use them on arenas to be honest, I use topcon very good tool and picks up signal upto 150 metres....

#3 West Fork Fence

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 01:48 pm

I use a DeWalt laser transit.  We primarily use it in the fence business for building  overhead ranch entrances and, like Henry mentioned, arenas or paddocks around a barn with a ton of gates.  It gets much more use laying grade for pads or tile.  



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Posted 17 August 2016 - 03:51 pm

Never used mine for agricultural fencing but worth the investment for arenas.

We fitted serval wooden gates over a large site all had to be the same height as  one  existing gate   ground was all over  had no trouble with the laser.

As with any tool bye the best you can afford 



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Posted 17 August 2016 - 08:34 pm

We have a Topcon RL-H4C dont use on ag fencing but great for post rails and pannel fencing 

around gardens and lawns great piece of kit. 

Topcon around the £550.00 

 

As Red Stag said buy best you can afford.



#6 Frontrowfencing

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 08:55 pm

We use a stabila, not sure of model do top of head, but good on arenas and also we use on commercial gates. It will do angles too I believe, just need to,learn how to use that function. You can look at it next time you are up this way.

#7 PDRContracting

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 12:26 pm

Bought a Leica Rugby 100 about 6 years ago for doing gateways and arenas. Paid £350 for a recon unit online with all the bits, self levelling brilliant bit of kit. Through it in for every gate now, so easy to get everything spot on without any guess work or "will the gate open high enough to clear that?". Use it for domestic panels to get an even drop across the run, and essential for ménage arenas. Helps gives your work a professional image.

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 06:41 pm

I have an ordinary Dewalt one with the extra laser reader and staff, they are super handy for doing a lot of things, once you have it you keep finding uses for it and it saves you lots of time, like setting gate posts in concrete and hanging gates as already described, anything really like the others have said that needs to be dead level from a datum point that may be a way away.


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#9 S J H

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 08:46 pm

Topcon from Pheonix surveying, only use it for groundworks really, but it's handy for setting gate posts if it's in the truck.

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 07:51 pm

leicia and topcon here, both fantasic and wouldnt be without them, great for gates, menages etc. Both have digital readouts, it does make you a little 'anal' though as you start looking at 3mill as ten inches out! Not sure how or why you would use one stock fencing.



#11 Markhibberdfencing

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 08:16 pm

Not having any knowledge about them I was trying to work out if they could be used for establishing a straight line,let's say you have 200m that you want dead straight is there any way this can be achieved apart from using a ht line or string as I do now.any help for post and rail?

#12 Frontrowfencing

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 09:16 pm

Yes it is possible with some lasers. Some you can turn through 90 degrees so they cast a line through the vertical not the horizontal.my old one you could, not sure if you can with the new one, but I believe you can.

#13 PDRContracting

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 09:43 pm

2.5mm ht plain works best for me for getting a straight line on stock fence and baler twine for post and rail. Did a boundary fence a couple of years ago and the owner needed the p&r fence to be exact as was buying from local council on what was public land and knew there would be a lot of attention/objection, so he had a gps team come out to peg the line "exactly". Humble me turned up and raised an eyebrow to the gps, but hey-ho just set out as normal. Funnily enough the strained twine showed the gps pegs to be 4-6" out of straight along the 180m run!! Always makes me chuckle when they ask what survey kit I use and they see me reach for the twine, can't beat the simplest method.
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#14 premnayloon

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 01:07 pm

It's same as when people measure a fence line off a gps or map, they don't allow for curvature of ground, I always get the wheel of fortune out.

#15 DWJONES fencing

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:05 pm

Which one would be best for setting post down a slope, levelling land for a yard and setting concrete pads for a shed etc? Thinking of buying one and dont know much about them!

#16 HullFencing

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Posted Today, 07:57 am

change my old one last summer for a self levelling unit, cant remember the name but its a subsidiary to leica, bought it from Frank Howard Tools (they have an online shop) came in at 350 plus the vat and we've been really pleased with it. it can also be turned on its side to give a vertical plane.

 

We use for arenas and double gateways. 

 

As Pete said you cant often beat a humble stringline for setting out, proved many a "professional" wrong over the years. 






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