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T-posts: heavy duty or light duty?

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  • T-posts: heavy duty or light duty?

    I am permanentizing some sections of my temporary Horseguard fence and I find myself having to buy some new T-posts to complete the project.

    In the past, I have been adamant about always using the heavy duty T-posts around horses. I already know I like taller ones; my feeling is that a tall post with a cap is much safer than a low post, because the extra height makes it much harder for a horse to contact the top.

    However, I can't help but notice that the lightweight T-posts are far less expensive.

    I'm not planning to fully sleeve these, but for those of you who do use the Horseguard sleeves, do you use the light duty or heavy duty T-posts? The light duty with the sleeves seems kind of plausible to me, and that might be comparable in cost to the heavy duty unsleeved.
    If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

  • #2
    it's not so much the horses that would do it in, but equipment you run near it.

    My old house had a very bend fence post...the previous owner had hit it with his car....it was a heavy duty T post, the kind you have not seen in stored for the last 40 years....

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    • #3
      Heavy duty vote here. I bend the light duty ones into all sorts of shapes just pounding them in. Then you throw them out, then you go back buy heavy duty, spend twice as much, swear alot more. And so on... Good luck and a happy project to you.
      Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark.--Adam Stanley

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      • #4
        Are you speaking of the light posts made from sheet metal, bent into a "U" ? If so... You'll waste your time and money trying to use it for horses. Those posts are meant for keeping bunnies and dogs out of gardens, not a 1000 pounds of hungry for the green on the other side of the fence.
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          #5
          No, they're definitely T posts, and called light duty ones. They weigh about half what the heavy duty ones do, though. Difference is $3.50 a post versus $8 a post, I'm afraid.

          Sounds like the consensus is to stick with the heavy duty ones. I think I'm good with that. I'm counting on the electricity to keep the horses in, but it just seems better to have the more hefty post.
          If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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          • #6
            I've always been able to get pressure treated wood posts at either Lowe's or Home Depot/similar for less than the cost of a heavy duty T-post... I believe the last time I bought them they were on sale for $2.98 a piece, but regularly only around $4. Much sturdier, prettier, and in my case economical.
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              #7
              Originally posted by Mickie So Fine View Post
              I've always been able to get pressure treated wood posts at either Lowe's or Home Depot/similar for less than the cost of a heavy duty T-post... I believe the last time I bought them they were on sale for $2.98 a piece, but regularly only around $4. Much sturdier, prettier, and in my case economical.
              We make them here... but you can't touch wood posts for less than $8 locally. Heck if I understand why. They're also more difficult to install and not movable once you do. I use wood for the non-electric installs, though.
              If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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              • #8
                I used the plastic step in posts for sectioning off a paddock within a field (so there was no chance of them actually getting loose) and even with 3 rows of electric tape one of my genius horses ran through it and snapped almost every post.

                boo.
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                • #9
                  If it helps...I started out with the light duty ones because they were cheaper. Over time I've had to replace them all with the heavy duty ones. They're just not strong enough, they bend with any sort of pressure.
                  "We're still right, they're still wrong" James Carville

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                  • #10
                    I've also noticed that the light-weight variety tend to deteriorate from rust and exposure below and at ground level because they are often made from stamped metal. That really means they are not necessarily "cheaper" when you consider more frequent replacement costs...

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                      Originally posted by chism View Post
                      If it helps...I started out with the light duty ones because they were cheaper. Over time I've had to replace them all with the heavy duty ones. They're just not strong enough, they bend with any sort of pressure.
                      Thanks, that does help!
                      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                      • #12
                        i have 800ft of interior fencelines to put in this spring, and over the winter I just kept searching craigslist for used Tposts. I got about 45 posts from one guy for $2 each, and another 50 from another for $1.50 each. SCORE! They're old and have some surface rust but are *really* heavy duty (and of course I picked through the stacks to only get straight ones).
                        So if you have the luxury of time, start searching now (or put a want ad out there) and I bet you can accumulate a good stash of posts without having to buy new.

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