Fencing tools are often something that can be overlooked. If you’re planning on constructing your own fence, the chances are that you’ve thought carefully about the materials you’ll need. Yet it’s equally as important to give the same consideration to the fencing tools you’ll need to see the project through. The right tools will improve the end product and, in some cases, even reduce your risk of injury during the task itself.
If you’re not sure what you’ll need, check out this list for ideas.
Most of us have used these fencing tools for DIY jobs inside the home, but these can be just as handy in the garden to ensure that your fence is level. The Draper Post Level even comes with elastic straps for hands free use on wooden fence posts.
Post Hole Digger
If you’ve ever used a spade to dig holes for fence posts, you’ll be glad to hear that there’s a tool available to make this job far less laborious. Post hole diggers are one of those ingenious fencing tools you’ll wonder how you ever managed without. Available with wooden, metal or fibreglass handles, they dig away earth and even cut through roots – saving you both time and effort.
More than just a mere pencil, these are designed specifically for use on wood, and are shaped to prevent them rolling away when you set them down.
If you’re constructing a wire fence, one of the key fencing tools you’ll need is a pair of specialist heavy duty pliers. These are used to strain sections of wire fence for a tight finish, and they’ll also cut through the majority of fencing wire and netting. Got a section of old wire fence to dismantle? Fencing pliers are also ideal for removing stubborn staples.
For those times when you need a tool that provides weight and sheer force without the risk of compromising your materials, a post rammer is designed to drive in your fence posts without splitting the timber on impact.
Your list of fencing tools should definitely include appropriate safety equipment. When constructing a timber fence, it’s advisable to wear gloves to protect your hands from splinters and injury. However, don’t assume your woollen winter gloves will be up to the job - specialist gloves will give you the protection you need without compromising grip or range of motion.
For closeboard fencing construction, you’re going to be doing a lot of hammering. You might own a hammer already, but not all hammers are created equal : choose an anti-shock model for protection against injury and pain. AVS stock an anti-shock hammer with a built in magnetic nail holder, so it can be used one-handed.
When working on hard surfaces, the Draper Ground Buster is a must. Made of carbon steel with a pointed tip, this handy tool breaks up anything from concrete to clay to tree roots. It’s also designed to give protection against the risk of impact injuries.