Best fencing installer's tools


1. Claw hammer

 claw hammer Steel Shaft Claw Hammers A carpenters hammer with precision ground and hardened curved claws to withstand the most heavy nail pulling 

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.


2. Sledgehammer

 sledge hammer Sledge Hammers Fibreglass Handle A general purpose heavy hammer for builders and contractors. 

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


3. Lump hammer

 lump hammer Club Hammers Fibreglass Handle A general purpose club hammer with precision ground striking faces specially hardened and heat treated to withstand the most high impact heavy applications. 

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.


4. Post rammer

 post rammer Post Rammer 150mm (6in) Diameter This heavy-duty all-steel 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. 


To learn more, see our guide to: Post rammers


5. Mattock

 mattock Cutter Mattock Head 5lb Fibreglass Handle Roughneck Cutter Mattock Head 5lb Fibreglass Handle made from roll forged alloy steel, hardened and tempered and with a black painted finish 

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. 


To learn more, see our guide to: Mattocks


6. Manual auger

 post hole auger Post Hole Auger 150mm/6in Diameter 

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


7. Post hole digger

 post hole digger Post Hole Digger (Shovel Holer) Post hole digger has steel oval mouth shovel blades which are hinged in opposition for easy use and soil removal. 

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


8. Power mixer

 Concrete Mixer 

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


9. Post level

 post level Post Level The Stanley 47-720 Post level has built-in magnets for use on metal posts and surfaces and is supplied with heavy-duty elastic. 

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


10. Wire cutters

 wire cutters Diagonal Cutters Dynagrip Heat treated carbon steel forged pliers, with ground heat treated cutting edges that will give longer life, durability and accuracy when cutting 

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


11. Rabbiting shovel

 rabbiting shovel All Steel Rabbiting Spade (1.67m Handle) The Faithfull FAIASRS all steel rabbiting spade (1.67m handle) is made from carbon manganese steel for added strength. 

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. 


12. Shovel

 shovel All Steel Taper Shovel No.2 MYD 2700TB An all steel taper mouth shovel. Solid manganese steel forged blade and socket correctly tempered for strength. Powder coated for rust prevention. 

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.


13. Fencing pliers

 fencing pliers Handyman Fencing Pliers Soft Grip 250mm (10 in) Fencing pliers are ideally suited for fencing and wire work. 

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.   


14. Fencing maul

 fencing maul Fencing Mauls - Fibre Glass Handle Roughneck Fencing Maul is ideal for driving home wooden fencings posts. The large round striking face makes it much easier and safer than using a sledge hammer. 

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.


To learn more, see our guide to: Fencing mauls


15. Digging bar

 digging bar Digging Bars Manufactured from high-grade heat treated steel bar, digging bars have a hexagonal profile shank with a pencil point at one end, and a 50mm (2 in) flat chisel edge at the other. 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.


16. Wire twisting pliers

 wire twisting pliers Reversible Wire Twisting Pliers Stahwille Wire Twisting Pliers have a registered design and are ideal for wire locking of metal fasteners. They have a side cutter and serrated jaws for positive grip. The jaws are angled by 40°. 

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.


17. Pickaxe

 pick axe Pick Axe with Fibreglass Handle 3.18kg (7lb) The Faithfull FAIPICK7FH pick axe has a high quality solid eye navy pick head with chisel and point for the breaking of concrete. This tool is virtually unbreakable and incorporates a soft-grip non-slip fibreglass handle. 

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. 

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