Which fence post should I use?
Electric fence posts are a classic example of a design compromise. Why? Because the ideal post would combine many opposing features. It would:
- Be flexible enough not to break under stress, yet stiff enough to resist side-strain.
- Be low cost, but made with lightweight, durable materials able to last many years.
- Hold conductors (twine, rope and tape) and electric net fences securely, but allow them to be easily/quickly loaded and unloaded.
- Have a large spike(s) for stability in soft soils, but a small spike for easier insertion in hard soils.
- Be able to be driven in with a mallet, but made of plastic or fiberglass.
So by necessity every post is a compromise between conflicting and opposing preferences. That’s why so many post options exist!
The best post for each situation…
Line posts are already built into the fence’s mesh, but replacement NetPosts (and accessories) can be purchased separately.
FiberTuff™ posts are our preferred post to provide extra support at curves, ends and corners. They are strong, quick to install/remove and lack extraneous side clips that may snag on conductors. FiberTuff™ support posts feature a step-in footplate and can be safely driven into hard soils with a mallet.
SmoothCote™ FiberRods are an excellent choice for all types of low-tension conductors. The first fiberglass posts had no outer coating—which resulted in painful fiberglass splinters for those who handled them. To prevent this, Premier’s SmoothCote™ FiberRods have a UV-resistant, outer urethane coating.
Our choice for best overall line post is the 3/8" Step-in FiberRod. It’s preferred over 3/8" FiberRods for its step-in spike and the ability to be driven into the soil without the need of a drive cap. Lightweight. Can carry a bundle in one hand during installation. That’s something we can’t do with FiberTuffs or PowerPosts. The combination ball-and-harp clip cap reduces risk of impalement for easily frightened stock.
For short fences, look to PowerPosts™. These line posts have built-in clips and require no additional insulators, but are less durable than our other options. PowerPosts are not recommended for ends and corners.
Steel PigTail Posts are extremely sturdy, resist strain and have an animal-friendly top. However, they are heavy and costly.
Galvanized Steel T Posts are excellent for permanent line posts because they also ground all uninsulated galvanized wires without accelerating rusting of the HT wire. (Rusted steel posts cause all galvanized HT wires to rust much faster.) The hot-dip galvanized coating on our T posts is so thick that it can triple a post’s life, appearance and grounding ability!
Choosing the correct post for your situation can be intimidating for those new to fencing. Call our fence consultants at 800-282-6631 for expert advice.
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride) reinforced with 6 internal fiberglass cables
- Available in 2 diameters and 7 heights
- Steel ground spike with step-in footplate
- PE (polyethylene)
- Built-in clips secure low-tension conductors (twine, rope and tape)
- 8" steel step-in ground spike
- SmoothCote™ (UV resistant urethane coated) fiberglass
- Available in 3 diameters and 5 heights
- Step-in option includes 1 built-in harp clip
- Heavy-duty steel
- 1.8" diameter eye loop for easy insertion/removal of low-tension conductors
- Double spike step-in foot
Why measure deflection?
Because it matches a post’s relative ability to resist the side strain of a fence at corners and curves. (PigTail Posts were not included because 2 lbs of side strain would not move the post.)
|1. 11/16" FiberRod||.69" (17mm)||.50"|
|2. FiberTuff™ (22mm)||.87" (22mm)||2"|
|3. 1/2" FiberRod||.50" (13mm)||2"|
|4. FiberTuff™ (19mm)
|5. PowerPost™||.75" (19mm)||5"|
|6. 3/8" FiberRod
3/8" Step-In FiberRod
|7. NetPost (15mm)||.60" (15mm)||12"|
|8. NetPost (13mm)||.50" (13mm)||22"|