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Best Fencing Installer’s Tools Guide

Best Fencing Installer's Tools

Are you thinking it’s time to don your DIY hat again by installing a new fence around your home or garden? Believe it or not – building and installing a fence isn’t impossible to do yourself, but having the right tools for the job will go a long way to helping ensure the fence you install will stay erect for years to come.

Whether you’re a tradesman or a keen DIYer – ensuring you have the best fencing installation tools to complete a job in a timely and efficient manner is important. And, here at Wonkee Donkee – we’ve teamed up with a number of tradesmen to compile this exhaustive list of all the must-have tools for the job.

Claw Hammer

There are few hammers that can match this one for the simple pleasure of use. The blunt end is used to strike and the claw end is used to pry. You will need it to sink and pry nails and staples.


The sledgehammer is a heavy-duty hammer with a long fiberglass handle that is used to drive fence posts and poles into the ground. It is also often used in demolition work.

Lump Hammer

The lump hammer is the sledge hammer’s little sister. Typically weighing between 0.5-3kg (1.1-6.6lbs) and has a shorter handle. They are used for all manner of building and construction work.

Post Rammer

A post rammer is an essential piece of kit because it will allow you to drive round fence posts into the ground without splitting the timber. 


The mattock is a versatile tool similar to a pickaxe. Instead of a pickaxe’s claw-like pick the mattock has a sharp axe head on one side and a spatulate hoe-like blade on the other. It can be used to cut, dig, and chop. A thoroughly useful tool. 

Manual Auger

A manual auger works like a large corkscrew and is used to create holes in the ground for fencing posts.

Post Hole Digger

The post hole digger is the correct tool to use when removing soil from your post holes prior to inserting your fence posts.

Power Mixer

You will need one of these to mix your cement prior to filling and setting your posts.

Post Level

A post level allows you to accurately determine the horizontal and vertical level of your fence posts.

Wire Cutters

Heavy-duty wire cutters are essential in the fencing industry as you will need to trim, snip and cut all manner of fencing wire.

Rabbiting Shovel

The rabbiting spade is designed specifically for digging post holes and deep narrow trenches. Its thin blade makes digging in hard ground much easier. You will use this tool a lot in the fencing industry so, purchasing a good quality one is a must.


A good quality all-purpose shovel will be of great use when installing fences. You can use it to lift and transport small amounts of materials; pile rubble, gravel and earth. You can even roughly measure out your individual concrete elements.

Fencing Pliers

These fencing pliers are an extremely versatile, multi-purpose tool that allows you to perform a variety of functions such as: extracting nails and staples, driving nails and staples, wire cutting, wire pulling and wire squeezing.

Fencing Maul

The fencing maul is designed specifically for driving fence posts into the ground. They have a large, round, flat face which imparts its force on the top of the fence post equally and evenly which reduces the risk of splitting the timber.

Digging Bar

Used for breaking rock or concrete and for levering heavy objects. Digging bars provide great leverage when uprooting old posts in and set concrete. They are also particularly useful at prying up roots, buried stones and breaking through tough clods.

Wire Twisting Pliers

These handy little pliers make quick work of an awkward job. They have toothed jaws for a strong grip and a pump action twisting drive. This turns the pliers and twists the wires together until they become entwined and locked. A super useful tool that will neaten up all your loose wire ends.


A pickaxe is a heavy-duty digging tool with a long handle and two fierce points. One point has a sharp, flat chisel edge and the other has a pointed pick. It is used for breaking up earth and hard ground.

What tools are needed for fencing?

Depending on your background, you may only require a handful of tools in order to safely install your new fencing. For example, a home owner looking to build a fence will be unlikely to shell out for every fence installation tool available. However, those of you who are professional tradesmen will be much more likely to want one of everything in order to deliver a thorough and professional job for your customers.

But what are the necessities when it comes to installing fencing?

Claw hammer

A set of screwdrivers

Heavy-duty work gloves

Wire cutters


For many looking to complete a simple fencing job, the above will be all that is required. However, there are a range of other tools that are perfect for professionals which will ensure you can easily install any type of fencing efficiently.

Everything you need for a professional job

If you’re looking for the best tools for fencing installation – look no further than here at Wonkee Donkee Tools. Our comprehensive guide includes the necessities, as well as a range of other important tools that can assist you in all kinds of situations. From the post hole digger through to the post rammer – our list has it all.

And – what’s more is that you won’t find all of the fence installation tools featured on our guide are competitively priced for your convenience! So, whether you’re an apprentice, a veteran tradesman or an avid DIYer – you won’t need to look anywhere else for the tools you’ll need to get the job done.

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