Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Extracting cattle scratching posts
Over time, they can drive a six-foot long T-post so deeply into the ground that only fifteen inches is sticking out. Then they go find another post because that one will not reach the best parts for scratching.
If you raise grazing animals, you never have enough fence posts. Not only that, but random, steel T-posts sticking 15" into the air makes mowing the pasture an adventure.
This is a good time to pull them up because the ground is soft. The problems are that I have to lean way over to get a grip on the top of the post. That is poor ergonomics. The other issue is that four feet of the post are buried in the ground.
There is a solution.
Either center the fence post beneath the widest part of the gap or turn the driver 90 degrees relative to the T-post. Slide the driver to the ground. Then turn or slide the driver so the handle of the driver engages the lugs on the top of the "T".
Slip another T-post beneath the intersection of the driver and the stubborn post.
Disengage the driver. Reset at ground level. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Yeah, I know it is a small thing, but it felt good to rip that sucker out of the ground.