There are many different ways to remove a fence post. Some of the methods are harder than others, but you’ve got options. It all comes down to what supplies and tools you have available and the amount of work you’re willing to put into removing the post.
If you’re trying to remove a fence post, just keep reading. Up next, we will explore several ways on how you can yank that pesky post from the ground.
Remove a Fence Post Using a Tractor
This is probably one of the easiest methods to remove a fence post. Of course, not everyone has a tractor. But if you’re one of the lucky ones who own a tractor, this is your best bet. Or, even better, if you know someone with a tractor, maybe they can come over and do the job for you!
What you need:
- A strong rope or chain
- Tie a strong rope around a fence post and tie it around the tractor’s loader.
- Once attached to the loader, get inside the tractor and lift the fence post out of the ground.
- You technically can lift a fence post out of the ground with their car. You would tie the rope to the fence and the back bumper rail of your vehicle.
Keep in mind, pulling out the fence with just an ordinary car could be detrimental depending on how old and built the car is, so we do not recommend using your vehicle for lifting fence posts.
Remove a Fence Post with a Hi-Lift Jack
A Hi-lift jack has been around for 100’s of years. As you can guess by the name, it is a tool used to lift things. Many people in gardening, landscaping, farming, or living out in the countryside believe it is one of the best tools you can have.
What you need:
- Hi-lift Jack
Before you start removing the fence post, it is recommended that you wet the soil a little bit because it will help with the first step, which involves a little bit of digging.
You want to dig about two to three feet in diameter around the post. The wider the hole, the easier the process of removing the fence post will be.
Even so, you don’t need to dig super far down, just enough so you can wrap a chain around the concrete footing.
Wrap a Chain Around the Post
Grab your steel chain and wrap it around the concrete footing surrounding the fence post, using the slip hook to connect the chain.
In your hand, you should now have the tail-end of the chain that has a grab hook.
If you don’t see a grab hook, then you might need to grab a longer chain.
However, before you go shopping for another chain, check if the chain you have now is adjustable in size.
Connect the Chain to the Jack
Next, you will wrap the tail-end of the chain around the high-lift jack.
After wrapping the chain around the high-lift jack, you will want to secure the chain in place by using the grab hook to latch the chain to itself.
You want to make sure the chain is as tight to the base as possible for your safety. This will prevent the jack from moving forward or slipping off when you are pulling the fence post from the ground.
Start Pulling the Fence Post Out of the Ground.
As you start cranking, the jack will start leaning forward toward the post. This is normal, but you’ll want to try and limit this as much as possible. You can do this by using one hand to keep the jack in place and the other hand to operate the lever.
If the jack starts to lean too far forward, then you might need to stop and reposition the jack.
In time, the post will finally give out. Doing things like watering the soil and digging deep will help the cranking process go smoother.
Remove a Fence Post with an ARB/Farmer’s Jack
Farmer’s jack, or some people call it jack, is very similar to the high lift jack. However, the big difference between the two is that the ARB jack is more expensive, safer, and easier to use.
The high lift jack has been noted to have more flexibility but is harder to use. The way you remove a fence post with a farmer’s jack is very similar to the high lift jack.
What you need:
- Farmer’s/ARB Jack
- Water (recommended but not required)
- Shovel (recommended but not required)
Wrap a Chain Around the Concrete
Before Starting, it is recommended that you loosen up the soil by shoveling around the fence post or by soaking the ground around the concrete. However, if you don’t have access to a shovel or water, then that’s okay; it just won’t be as easy to pull out.
Wrap the chain around the base of the fence post. Once you wrap the chain around the fence post, hook it to itself.
Connect the Chain to The Farmer’s Jack
After hooking the chain to itself, connect the chain to the farm jack. It is important to note, if you don’t have a shackle, you can wrap the chain around the lifting part of the jack.
Start Lifting the Post Out of the Ground
Place the foot near the concrete and start cranking the farmer’s jack until the fence post is pulled from the ground.
How to Remove a Fence Post Without Heavy Equipment
Heavy-duty equipment isn’t a requirement for removing a fence post. Sometimes a shovel is all you need to remove a fence post.
Suppose there is more dirt around the fence post than concrete; if that’s the case, you could potentially remove the fence post without much resistance at all. If there is some concrete surrounding the fence post, proceed to the next section.
What you need:
- Pry bar
Grab a Shovel
Begin by using your shovel to dig around the fence post. You want to dig in front, to the sides, and, if possible, behind the fence post.
Then a Sledgehammer
After you dig a considerable amount of dirt, you should see the concrete wrapping the fence post. Next, you want to grab a sledgehammer and start breaking up the concrete surrounding the fence post.
You Might Even Need the Pry Bar and Hammer
Some concrete insists on sticking to the fence post no matter how hard you slam the sledgehammer, and that’s where the pry bar comes in.
You want to stick the tail-end of the prybar into the ground, grab a hammer, and start hammering the pry bar, breaking up the space between the concrete and fence post.
You might need to rotate between the sledgehammer, pry bar, and hammer, but after some time, the fence post should be loose enough to where you can pull it out of the ground.
This is by far the most physical and time demanding method we listed so far. However, it gets the job done, and now your fence post woes are no more!
There are many methods to remove a fence post. Some could take just a couple of minutes; other methods could take up to an hour. What makes the difference is the tools you have on hand. However, even if you’re on a budget or don’t have a jack on hand, there are still ways you can remove that pesky fence post out of the ground.
We have plenty of other fence articles you maybe interested in. One of those articles is about how close to a fence can you plant a hedge, and another is how to cover a fence cheaply. So be sure to give those articles a look at as well as the many others.