TRANSPORT AND HANDLING
How are the concrete posts packed and strapped?
All concrete posts are strapped into packs, ready for loading by forklift at manufacturing plant. The Fence Posts are in bundles of thirty, (or sometimes fifteen upon request), and the Strainer Posts are in bundles of six.
One standard ACP Concrete Fence Post weighs from 36 kg (FP01) and 41 kg (FP04). One standard ACP Strainer Post weighs from 106 kg (7ft) to 116 kg (8ft).
Pack sizes and weights
Australian Concrete Posts Pty Ltd [ACP] fence posts are stacked in two rows and strapped into packs. They are strapped with metal strapping onto two timber gluts underneath for ease of storage and transport. This method minimizes damage to posts during moving and handling. Refer to the recommended methods of handling in Product Handling Guides below.
ACP recommend that all handling of the concrete posts be done using mechanical aids, such as, forklift or tractor with forks to lift and manoeuvre the posts from truck to delivery site. This method must also be employed when the packs have been unstrapped and opened. Ensure that the machinery employed is capable of lifting the pack weight. Use the table below as reference for approximate weights for each post packs .
PACK SPECIFICATIONSPost and pack weights and dimensions
FP01 - 6.4ft (1900mm) with 5 barb holes
DESCRIPTION: 6.4ft (1900mm) with 5 barb and 10 small predrilled holes
WEIGHT (kg) : 36kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 1050kg per pack of 30 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 1900 x 980 x 340 mm
FP03 - 7ft (12150mm) with 5 barb holes
DESCRIPTION: 7ft (2150mm) with 5 barb and 10 small predrilled holes
WEIGHT (kg) : 40kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 1200kg per pack of 30 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 2150 x 980 x 340 mm
FP04 - 7.2ft (2200mm) with 4 barb holes
DESCRIPTION: 7.2ft (2200mm) with 4 barb and 1 small predrilled holes
WEIGHT (kg) : 41kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 1230kg per pack of 30 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 2200 x 980 x 340 mm
FP20 - 5.9ft (1800mm) with 14 Holes
DESCRIPTION: 5.9ft (1800mm) with 14 x 10mm Holes concrete fence post
WEIGHT (kg) : 27.5kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 830kg per pack of 30 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 1800 x 950 x 300 mm
FP21 - 6.4ft (1900mm) Notched Fence Post
DESCRIPTION: 6.4ft (1900mm) with Notched fence post
WEIGHT (kg) : 29kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 870kg per pack of 30 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 1900 x 950 x 300 mm
FP25 - 8ft (2400mm) with 10 holes
DESCRIPTION: 8ft (2400mm) with 10 x 13mm predrilled holes
WEIGHT (kg) : 37kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 1110kg per pack of 30 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 2400 x 950 x 300 mm
FP26 - 10ft (3000mm) with 12 holes
DESCRIPTION: 10ft (3000mm) with 12 x 13mm predrilled holes
WEIGHT (kg) : 46.5kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 1390kg per pack of 30 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 3000 x 950 x 300 mm
SP01 - 7ft (2150mm) Strainer Post
DESCRIPTION: 7ft (2150mm) Strainer post
WEIGHT (kg) : 106kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 640kg per pack of 6 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 2150 x 800 x 250 mm
SP02 - 8ft (2400mm) Strainer Post
DESCRIPTION: 8ft (2400mm) Strainer post
WEIGHT (kg) : 116kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 715kg per pack of 6 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 2400 x 800 x 250 mm
SP04 - 10ft (3000mm) Strainer Post
DESCRIPTION: 10ft (3000mm) Strainer post
WEIGHT (kg) : 150 kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 900kg per pack of 6 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 3000 x 800 x 250 mm
PRODUCT HANDLING GUIDESStudy each section as a guide as to how to handle, pack and transport, Install and when they're ready to use.
Transportation & Handling Guide
Use this as a guide as to how to handle, Pack and Transport the ACP concrete fence posts.
How the posts are packed and strapped
Australian Concrete Posts Pty Ltd [ACP] fence posts are stacked in two rows and strapped into packs. They are strapped with metal strapping onto two timber gluts underneath for ease of storage and transport. This method minimises damage to posts during moving and handling. The Fence Posts are in packs of thirty, and the Strainer Posts are in packs of six.
Australian Concrete Posts Pty Ltd [ACP] strongly recommend that all handling of the concrete posts be done using mechanical aids, such as, forklift or tractor with forks to lift and manoeuvre the posts from truck to delivery site. This method must also be employed when the packs have been unstrapped and opened.
The pack weight must be observed when using lifting machinery to offload, to make sure that the machinery is capable of lifting the pack weight. See the table below for product codes and approximate pack weights.
|AUSTRALIAN CONCRETE FENCE POSTS PACK SPECIFICATIONS|
|30 PACK FENCE POSTS|
|CODE||DESCRIPTION||WEIGHT (kg)||DIMENSIONS (mm) Length x Width x Height|
|FP01||6.4ft 5 Hole Pack||1050kg||1900x980x340|
|FP03||7ft 5 Hole Pack||1200kg||2150x980x340|
|FP04||7.2ft 4 Hole (130mm) Pack||1230kg||2200x980x340|
|6 PACK STRAINER POSTS|
Stacking the packs onto ground
Due care and attention must be given when restacking packs and when the strapping is removed. The ground conditions to stack or store a pack of concrete posts should be stable and even ground. The packs must be stacked level and straight and the load bearers should line up. See pictures opposite and below as a guideline.
Off-loading should be carried out by authorised, competent and trained personnel. Ensure the area is clear of obstructions and away from members of the public and other trades. Due consideration to manual handing should be taken in handling both the concrete fence posts and strainer posts.
Manual Handling of posts
Safe Work Australia (www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au) can provide guidance on manual handling.
1. We recommend you handle the posts as little as possible to prevent fatigue and injury.
2. As the posts are all over 20kg we recommend you complete a thorough risk assessment before attempting to manually handle the posts. Wherever possible, use a mechanical aid for the heavy lifting and moving the posts.
3. At least two people should be used when handling the concrete fence posts.
4. When placing the posts on the ground beside the prepared holes we recommend you DO NOT drop or throw the posts onto the ground, as this may cause a fracture through the concrete post.
Safety and risk assessment
Due to the potential of the concrete posts shattering when being installed or being handled we recommend you do a thorough risk assessment before installation begins. Ensure the area you’re working in is clear of obstructions and other people. Ensure workers use the appropriate personal protection equipment. We recommend as a minimum; head protection, eye protection, hand protection, foot protection and long trousers to avoid incidents and injury from any debris during installation. By taking the appropriate personal protection you are able to minimise injury. Ensure other people around you are also aware of the dangers and are also using appropriate PPE.
ACP GUIDE: ALWAYS ENSURE YOU UNDERTAKE A THOROUGH RISK ASSESSMENT AND MITIGATE THOSE RISKS BEFORE HANDLING THE [ACP] CONCRETE FENCE POSTS.
Driving Caps for Concrete Posts
ACP prestressed concrete posts are driveable with a standard post driver. Percussion drivers, pneumatic drivers and standard thumper are all able to be used to drive the concrete post. Thousands of posts are driven into the ground across all sorts of ground across Australia. The variations between locations, conditions and machines it will re-quire a bit of patience and trial and error to get it just right for your fence line. In short, ACP recommend a thick dense rubber material be used to cushion the direct impact on top of the post when driving them in.
Choose the correct driving cap for your machine
For a drop hammer, thumper style, use the ACP Driving caps. For a percussion style, pneumatic, vibrating style driver, you will need a manufactured driving head for your specific machine. ACP Driving Cap is NOT designed to be used with a percussion driver.
Driving cap for drop hammer drivers
ACP have developed a driving cap is suitable for a drop hammer style driver. The cap is simply placed on top of the post when the hammer comes down. The ACP Driving Cap holds a layer of 20mm rubber in place. The layer of rubber padding inside minimises impact on post. Refer to the table below for hammer head weights and heights.
Driving caps for percussion drivers
A percussion driver is much more violent on concrete posts. Order a driving cap for your machine from manufacturer or have one custom made for your machine by a fabricator. Take the time to get the settings right before you bash the posts and you will save plenty of time in the long run. The percussion driver requires MORE rubber or plenty of high impact polyurethane in the post guide cap to minimise the impact on the post. Usually the rebound pressure should be turned right down on the driver as well. You will perhaps need a few trials to get the right balance and pressure. MORE INFO CLICK HERE
|DROP HAMMER – HEIGHT HAMMER HEAD LIFTED TO|
|300mm or 1ft||600mm or 2ft||900mm or 3ft||1200mm or 4ft|
|WEIGHT OF HAMMER HEAD||180kg or 400ld||529kg||1.1 ton||*1.6 ton||2.1 ton|
|272kg or 600lb||800kg||*1.6 ton||2.4 ton||3.2 ton|
|362kg or 800lb||*1.1 ton||2.1 ton||3.2 ton||4.2 ton|
|450kg or 990lb||*1.3 ton||2.6 ton||3.9 ton||5.3 ton|
|*ACP recommended heights and weight ratio and settings|
Recommended method to hit in a concrete fence post
1. Drill a pilot hole about 150 to 200mm (6 to 8 Inches) wide to the depth you require the post to be placed into the ground
2. Ensure the pilot hole is vertical.
3. In drought conditions wet the post or the ground with about a litre of water. (Old fencers trick to make the concrete post slide into the ground easier).
4. Place the driving cap with the appropriate rubber over the post to prevent the metal driver hitting the post.
5. Gently tap the post into the ground using small strokes of the driving hammer. Refer to the table below that shows the recommended height the driver hammer should be lifted to depending on the hammer head weight.
What about in rocky country?
In some circumstances you are able to hit the posts directly into the ground without using a pilot hole. This will depend on numerous factors like soil condition, how wet the soil is, if there are rocks, your experience at driving the concrete posts into the ground and the way you use your driving hammer. Therefore, we recommend you use a pilot hole which is drilled vertically to the depth you require the concrete posts put into the ground.
If you’re in rocky country, then by using a pilot hole you can judge the depth the post can go into the ground by the depth of the pilot hole drilled. Remember concrete is not like timber where you just hit the post into the ground and cut the top off and drill the holes. You have to think backwards and cut the bottom of the post off, to the required length before hitting into the ground. Therefore, measure how deep the pre drilled hole is and cut the bottom of the post off. Cutting the post to the desired length is easily done using a concrete cutting blade on a grinder.
Pulling the wire
1. [ACP] recommend pulling one wire strand at a time.
2. When pulling the wire through the holes we recommend you brace the first fence post to help keep it stable.
3. Ensure the wire roll is level with the hole you are pulling the wire through.
4. Pull the wire through at a gentle and even pace. This will eliminate the wire whipping or becoming stuck.
5. When pulling more than one strand at a time, (not recommended) ensure the wire coils unravel in the same direction helping to eliminate them getting tangled.
Read the section above on handling the posts for safe methods of transport and handling.
ACP GUIDE: ALWAYS ENSURE YOU UNDERTAKE A THOROUGH RISK ASSESSMENT AND MITIGATE THOSE RISKS BEFORE HANDLING THE [ACP] CONCRETE FENCE POSTS.
CURING TIME OF CONCRETE POSTS
Use this document as a guide of when the prestressed concrete posts are ready to use or drive in the ground.
Australian Concrete Posts Pty Ltd [ACP] fence posts are made with Boral premixed concrete which is poured at 40MPA. When the concrete posts are made, each batch is marked with the date of manufacture.
For the optimum strength of the concrete post, they must be allowed to “cure” for at least 28 days from date of pouring. Therefore, the posts are NOT ready to be driven or hit with a post driver or hammer, until that minimum 28 days has passed, however, posts can be augured in and earth rammed.
Threading and tensioning wire through the concrete post BEFORE the minimum 28 day curing time is also not recommended.
Unlike timber fence posts, with a concrete fence posts, the longer the time passes from date of manufacture, the stronger the post will become.
The date of manufacture of the post is written in crayon in the following format and can be seen on the side of each strapped pack. The Fence Posts are in packs of thirty, and the Strainer Posts are in packs of six.
YY/MM/DD = YEAR M = MONTH D – DAY PICTURED ON RIGHT: Date of manufacture is in black crayon on the top of each pack of posts.
HOW TO'SHandy tips and answers to some of our most commonly asked questions
Use these quick links to download the pdf files of leaflets and documents.
PRODUCTS AND INFORMATION
- Current Factory Price List
- Full ACP Product Catalogue Download PDF
- ACP Booklet of Posts
- Introduction DL Leaflet
- Stockyard and Feedlot Posts Leaflet
- Vineyard & Trellis Support Posts Leaflet
- Wildlife Barrier Fences
- Orchard Netting Posts Systems Leaflet
- Flood Fence Pics
- Why Choose our posts – No Burning
- Why Choose our posts – Inside the post
- Why Choose our posts – Electrical and Hot Wire
- Why Choose our posts – Benefits
- Why Choose Our Posts – No concrete cancer
- ACP Posters – Driveable & Pulling Wire
- ACP Posters – Termite Proof
- ACP Posters – No Burning
- ACP Posters – Electrical and Hot Wires
- Info Sheet – Box End Assembly
- Info Sheet – Design Life of Concrete Posts
- Box End Assembly Leaflet
- Adjustable Strainer Assembly with Steel Footplate Leaflet
- Post and Rail Assembly
- Flood Fence Assembly Drawing
- Box End Assembly Corners, Inline and Gate
- End Assembly Components Calculator
- Box End Assembly Variation Drawing
BRACKET & ASSEMBLY COMPONENTS (jpg files)
- Post Bracket Set (Round) BK130.RND
- Strainer Bracket Set (Round) BK170.RND
- Corner on Strainer Post
- Corner or Direction Change on Strainer Post
- Inline or Post & Rail Assembly for Strainer Post
- Using Electrical and Hot Wire with Concrete Posts
- Collar Bracket to attach Cattle or Timber Rails BK000.COL
- Star Picket Bracket BK000.TRI
- Cattle Rail Support Bracket BK000.CTM
- Cattle or Timber Top Rail Fixer Bracket BK000.TOP
GATES AND CORNERS COMPONENTS
- 130mm Fence Posts
- 110mm Fence Posts
- 170mm Strainer Posts
- Weight and Pallet Specifications Sheet
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