Autoguide launched a new post driver attachment, the Mini Postmaster at the show.
An alternative to falling weight post drivers it offers a convenient and safe accessory to mini diggers and skid steer loaders, negating the need to bring a tractor to site, whilst increasing the speed of the fencing operation.
Autoguide Managing Director Richard Robinson told The Landscaper that the Mini Postmaster is a light duty, twin shaft vibrating post driver available with the option to both install and remove fence posts.
“Its number one feature is that it puts safety first,” he says, noting that each fence post is firmly gripped by the unit allowing the actual installation process to be carried out entirely by the digger or skid steer operator, thus minimising the risk of an accident to a second operator.
He added that conventional fence post installation is known to have its dangers with HSE (Health & Safety Executive) data from the agricultural sector alone revealing 13 RIDDOR reportable injuries relating to post drivers between 2004 and 2008, two of which were fatal.
Yet the Mini Postmaster does not compromise on the speed of operation and fitting. “The unit can be fitted to the machine in under one minute without modification and once in operation can install up to 200 posts per hour,” claims Richard, suggesting that as an accessory, the utilisation of mini excavators and skid steer machines can be increased.
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