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Fencing with a skid steer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ASCHAL45, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. ASCHAL45

    ASCHAL45 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    Does anyone on here do fencing with a skid steer my nieghbor has 2700 lineal feet of fence he wants me to install I have been lookin at skid steer mounted post drivers. Pretty dang expensive but I was just wondering if it was a popular practice to use a skid instead of a tractor to install fence.
  2. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,758

    I used to drill a lot of holes with a skid for the fence guys here. Don't know about the post drivers though. I think a skid is more versatile overall for fencing because you can clear a fence line too.
  3. ASCHAL45

    ASCHAL45 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    That is what i was thinking. I really dont want to invest that kind of money into an attachment for just one job but it might be worth it in the long run if I advertise for that kind of work. There is a driver out there for a skid steer that has an auger built in aswell in the 8 to 10 thousand range but like I said alot of money and this job wouldnt pay for the attachment let alone the labor or costs well I guess I will have to do a lil more figurin on this one I would hate to lose this customer he just bought a farm beside me that had been run down for years and he is doin alot of cleanup on it could have alot of work for me. He is from delaware or somewhere up there and he said everyone he knows does fencing with a skid but everyone i know uses a tractor but I dont kno yet.
  4. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Posts: 1,387

    I saw a neat thing for stringing your wire out by using your skid.I almost bought one off ebay.It is make in Canada it is called a Mulespool or Spoolmule.

    It is a spool setup (mounts on the front of your skid,just like all your other attachments) that you can put more then one roll of barbwire on.It showed it unrollering 5 roll at one time,it also had woven wire being strung out also.

    Had a brake to help keep the wire tight as you was unrolling it or when you got to the end you could hold the wires and backup and tighen the wire with the skid.

    It was offset so you could run down along the side of the posts.It had a tilt so you could tilt it down to load the wire and then tilt it up to start strunging.I thought it would be great if i was doing custom fencing it would well pay for itself.

    Fence builders here keep busy,plus some are now doing goverment jobs of fenceing like hughway right aways,lakes,playground ,you name it.

    I have also seen where a guy just made a pole and put a big disk blade on the bottom and slide the wire on it and started strunging.Wire just spun on the pole and the disk supported the bottom,cheap starter up rig for you.
    Good luck:usflag:
  5. ASCHAL45

    ASCHAL45 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    I have done alot of government fence with the company I work for right now. I have seen spools like that we rented one for a job we did a couple years ago but we cant find one now to rent so we just use one on a three point hitch. I need some information on skid mounted drivers. Government fence is set in concrete so you dont use a post driver you just use an auger and a kitty well for the t post. On the spool I have never seen one with the tilt the one we used we had to unhook it every time and then hook it back up really time consuming if u ask me that tilt would help out alot thanks constructo.
  6. ipm

    ipm LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 264

    Hey guys. Just passing through and wanted to add the thought of rental. If you have skid simply rent and auger attachment for your posts.
  7. backhoe1

    backhoe1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    We rented a pull behind pounder that worked awesome! Had it's own motor and pump so it's not shaking the heck out of your machine. Dealer said it was only about $8k to buy.
  8. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Posts: 1,387

    Here you go.It was Spoolmule!

    Here the link if it's okay to post it.

    I think you would love this thing if your really serious about fencing.Hope it will help.:usflag:
  9. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,504

    I went to a school with a guy whoose family did fencing for a living with a skid steer. I have not seen him in a good while to know exactly his whole setup.
  10. ASCHAL45

    ASCHAL45 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    I thought of the pull behind machine but my nieghbors farm is rough. The reason he wanted me to do it was because there are some really tight spots that you wouldnt be able to get a tractor through without clearing out alot of trees that his other nieghbor really dont want to mess with and there is just about 4 or 5 feet of clearance plenty for a skid but not a tractor. let alone a truck or anything I looked at the ones that mount on the side of a flatbed pickup but then again the same problem. Plus my machine will be sitting there not making any money so I would really like to use it. If I go through with the whole Idea.

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