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 bundles or 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 bundles 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 bundle.

PACK SPECIFICATIONS

Post and pack weights and dimensions
FP01 - 6.4ft (1900mm) with 5 barb holes

CODE: FP01
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

CODE: FP03
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

CODE: FP04
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

FP21 - 6.4ft (1900mm) Notched Fence Post

CODE: FP21
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

FP22 - 7ft (2200mm) with 4 barb holes

CODE: FP22
DESCRIPTION: 7ft (2150mm) with 4x30mm and 1x10mm predrilled holes
WEIGHT (kg) : 34kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 1020kg per pack of 30 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 2200 x 950 x 300 mm

FP23 - 5.9ft (1800mm) with 7 holes

CODE: FP23 
DESCRIPTION: 5.9ft (1800mm) with 7 x13mm predrilled holes
WEIGHT (kg) : 27.5kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 826kg per pack of 30 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 1800 x 950 x 300 mm

FP24 - 6.7ft (2050mm) with 8 holes

CODE: FP24 
DESCRIPTION: 6.7ft (2050mm) with 8 x13mm predrilled holes
WEIGHT (kg) : 31.6kg each post
PACK WEIGHT: (kg): 950kg per pack of 30 posts
PACK DIMENSIONS (mm): 2050 x 950 x 300 mm

FP25 - 8ft (2400mm) with 10 holes

CODE: FP25
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

CODE: FP26 
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

CODE: SP01
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

CODE: SP02
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

CODE: SP04
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 GUIDES

Study 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.

Australian Concrete Posts Pty Ltd [ACP] fence posts are stacked in two rows and strapped into bundles or 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. The Fence Posts are in bundles of thirty, and the Strainer Posts are in bundles of six. Australian Concrete Posts Pty Ltd [ACP] strongly recommend that all handling of the concrete posts be done using mechanical aids. 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 bundles have been unstrapped and opened. The bundle 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 post codes and approximate weight for each bundle.

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
FP22 7.2ft 4 Hole (110mm) Pack 1020kg 2200x950x300
6 PACK STRAINER POSTS
SP01 7ft Strainer 640kg 2150x800x250
SP02 8ft Strainer 715kg 2400x800x250
SP04 10ft Strainer 900kg 3000x800x250

Stacking the bundles onto ground

Due care and attention must be given when restacking bundles and when the strapping is removed. The ground conditions to stack or store a bundle of concrete posts should be stable and even ground. The bundles must be stacked level and straight and the load bearers should be in line. See pictures on right hand side as a guideline. Off-loading should be carried out by authorised, competent and trained personnel. Ensure that 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.

How to handle the concrete 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.

Installation Guide

Use this as a guide as to how to handle ACP concrete fence posts when building a fence.

Recommended method to hit in a concrete fence post

1. Drill a pilot hole about 80 to 100 mm 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. The table below shows the recommended height the driver hammer should be lifted to depending on the hammer head weight.

    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

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.

What about in rocky country?

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.

How to handle the concrete posts.

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.

Curing Time Guide

Use this as a guide of when the prestressed concrete posts are ready to use or drive in the ground.

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. 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.

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 black crayon in the following format and can be seen on the side of each strapped bundle. The Fence Posts are in bundles of thirty, and the Strainer Posts are in bundles 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'S

Handy tips and answers to some of our most commonly asked questions

COME SEE POSTS FOR YOURSELF AT A FIELD DAY NEAR YOU

Come and meet us, check at our full range of products and say G'day at one of the shows listed on the calendar below

One of the best things about our company are our customers!! We deal with people of the land and to look them in the eye, share a handshake and greet them and their families face-to-face is a real treat! Often we speak to people on the telephone and to meet them and get their feedback about our posts is a real thrill to us.

We find that the best way to do this is at field days, trade fairs and local agricultural shows and events.

We regularly attend the big events, and they’re listed below, but if you have a field day upcoming, let us know about it if you would like to display our posts at your show or field day let us know – we’d love to meet the local farmers and land owners.

Come and meet us, check at our full range of products and say G’day at one of the shows listed on the calendar below:

DOWNLOADS

Use these quick links to download the pdf files of leaflets and documents.

HANDY HINTS

FENCING INNOVATIONS

Straining Tool – SERCA Fence Strainer  – Richard Fox Mob. 0467 805 786

See their website for more info : www.ruralinnovations.com.au 

 

CONCRETE SLEEPERS
Heritage Concrete Sleepers – Dan Rohde 0431 636 135 – 133 North Street TOOWOOMBA QLD www.heritageconcretesleepers.com.au  

CONCRETE POST ‘N RAIL
Timber “look” Concrete Post and Rail Fence Steve – Mobile: 0428 510 168​ www.concretefence.com.au 

 

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