You can buy a regular post-puller. How does that fare when you're task is cleaning out an old fence row that also contains brush, small trees and is just downright overgrown? From experience, the answer is likely "not too well."
You could bring in a bulldozer. Or if you want to keep costs down, you could invest in the newest product from Danuser. It's the Danuser Land Warrior, and while it's designed to pull posts, it's anything but your typical post puller. It joins a category of products already on the market that are tough enough to do more than just pull posts.
The Land Warrior can also pull trees, saw trees, clamp and carry various items that you need to move, cut tree roots and even remove stumps. Your every day, run-of-the-mill post driver can only do one thing – pull posts.
Features of the Land Warrior include interlocking jaws and bucket teeth. This gives it the capability to dig. The jaws are made of A572, grade 50 steel.
The product is so new that the prototype was first exhibited at the National Farm Machinery Show last winter.
It should be available this fall for after-harvest, tough jobs like clearing or trimming fence rows, and cleaning brush along the edge of fields. List price is $2,495. Add an optional brush deflector for an additional $200. To learn more, visit danuser.com. Or call the Fulton, Mo., Company at 573-642-2246.
Three machinery-minded editors reviewed the product in person, from news releases or online. Here are their comments.
See what the editors thought! >>
You need rugged equipment if you're doing a tough job. The demand must be there – more of these types of products are appearing on the market.
This implement seems to have what it takes in terms of sturdy construction so that it can stand up to the punishment of working in an unfavorable environment, pulling posts, cutting and/or pulling brush, and whatever the job calls for. It should be a welcome addition to the marketplace.
I wish I could demo one. I've got about 30 years of buckthorn to pull out of my shelterbelt. As long as there are farmsteads to clean up, there will be a need for equipment like Danuser's Land Warrior.
In a state where overgrown fencerows with trees are a yearly battle, this product would be a benefit to any farmer. This product will make quick work of clearing fencerows. The quality behind the product is impressive.
This family-owned, Missouri company has been making equipment for more than 100 years. 'Danuser diggers' are so durable that serial number 2 and 3 of the post-hole diggers are still working?! Look for updates on this product based on what editors found at the Farm Progress Show this week.
Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. Lon Tonneson is editor of Dakota Farmer, Mindy Ward is editor of Missouri Ruralist. Frank Holdmeyer, former executive editor for Farm Progress, contributed to this story.