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 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

FP20 - 5.9ft (1800mm) with 14 Holes

CODE: FP20
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

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

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.

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
CODEDESCRIPTIONWEIGHT (kg)DIMENSIONS (mm) Length x Width x Height
FP016.4ft 5 Hole Pack1050kg1900x980x340
FP037ft 5 Hole Pack1200kg2150x980x340
FP047.2ft 4 Hole (130mm) Pack1230kg2200x980x340
6 PACK STRAINER POSTS
SP017ft Strainer640kg2150x800x250
SP028ft Strainer715kg2400x800x250
SP0410ft Strainer900kg3000x800x250

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.

Installation Guide

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

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 1ft600mm or 2ft900mm or 3ft1200mm or 4ft
WEIGHT OF HAMMER HEAD180kg or 400ld529kg1.1 ton*1.6 ton2.1 ton
272kg or 600lb800kg*1.6 ton2.4 ton3.2 ton
362kg or 800lb*1.1 ton2.1 ton3.2 ton4.2 ton
450kg or 990lb*1.3 ton2.6 ton3.9 ton5.3 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 (3 to 4 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 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 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'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:

    May
    20
    Thu
    PRIMEX Field Days Casino NSW @ Norco Primex
    May 20 @ 9:00 am – May 22 @ 4:00 pm

    Come visit our display at PRIMEX to see the posts that your grandchildren will thank you for choosing!

    Click the image below to see the video intro.

    May
    26
    Wed
    FNQ Rotary Field Day – Mareeba QLD – ACP Display @ Mareeba Rodeo Grounds
    May 26 @ 9:00 am – May 28 @ 4:00 pm

    Concrete Fence Posts and Erosion Control Mats at SITE G24 & 25

    See you at North Australia’s Biggest field days. We will be exhibiting our lifetime concrete fence posts for the third time at Mareeba’s field days. We look forward to meeting existing customers and new ones at this premier event.

    Please come find us at the outdoor site. Check your show society directory and map to find where us. Look out for the  tall red flags and concrete fence posts display. Bring your neighbours!

    Jun
    8
    Tue
    FARMFEST Field Days – Kingsthorpe Toowoomba QLD @ Kingsthorpe Park, Warrego Highway Kingsthorpe, QLD
    Jun 8 @ 8:30 am – Jun 10 @ 4:30 pm

    See us at site G23

    Come visit our display at FARMFEST to see the posts that your grandchildren will thank you for choosing!

    Click the image below to see the video intro.

     

    DOWNLOADS

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

    HANDY LINKS

    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 SLEEPERS AND RETAINING WALL SYSTEMS
    Aussie Concrete Products now owned by AUSTRAL MASONARY –  at Hemmant QLD – 07 3348 1200 www.aussieconcreteproducts.com.au

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

    NSW RURAL ASSISTANCE AUTHORITY
    https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/

    QLD RURAL AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
    https://www.qrida.qld.gov.au/primary-producers

     

    Fence it Once, Fence it Right, Never fence it again!