Install a Fence with the Right Equipment!

rhino pounder being used to drive a galvanized steel rod into the ground for a fence post

Installing a fence can significantly enhance the security and privacy of your property. It can also add aesthetic value to your outdoor space and increase the overall value of your home. In addition, a fence can last many years with the right tools and proper installation. However, fence installation’s most complex and vital part is setting the posts into the ground.

There are different ways to install posts, each with its necessary tools. Traditional post installation involves:

  • Digging holes.
  • Inserting the posts into the holes.
  • Filling the gaps with concrete to stabilize the posts.

We here at A to Z Quality Fencing created an innovative fence installation process and manufacture fencing materials to support it.

In this article, we will discuss the different types of equipment used to install fence posts. We will also review the fence post requirements based on installation and how to choose the appropriate materials for your installation method. Let’s get started!


fence post hole digger - rhino pounder
Rhino pounder pounding a galvanized steel post into the ground

At A to Z Quality Fencing, we use pounders to install galvanized steel posts into the ground. Once the steel posts are pounded into place, we slide aluminum, vinyl, or cedar post “sleeves” over the top of the galvanized posts.

Pounders allow us to quickly and efficiently pound through tough earth or concrete with minor damage to the surrounding area. Using a pounder is also a clean and hassle-free process, as there is no dirt to clean up or grass to replant. With an average of 8-30 holes per hour, pounders can help install your fence quickly and effectively.

The length of the galvanized steel posts depends upon the fence’s height. The taller the fence, the deeper the pounder must pound a galvanized steel post into the ground for support. We usually pound 4′ tall fences 48″ into the ground, 5′ fences 54″ into the ground and 6′ fences 60″ into the ground.

Using a pounder determines the length of the finished fence posts. The size of the aluminum, vinyl or cedar fence posts is the height of the fence since none of the material is below the ground. The finished posts are either hollow on the inside (vinyl or aluminum) or have a hole bored in them (cedar), so the posts can slide over the top of the galvanized steel pipe.


install a fence with Dandy Digger
Dandy Digger

Alternatively, augers may be used to dig holes for posts. Augers come in various sizes to fit different posts and can be manual or motorized. This method may require more physical labor and time. Still, it can also minimize damage to the surrounding area and ensure that posts are properly secured in the ground. Before using an auger, it is essential to check for underground utilities to avoid any potential hazards.

At A to Z Quality Fencing, we use our automatic auger, the Dandy Digger, when conditions require digging fence posts instead of pounding fence posts. The Dandy Digger can drill through rigid materials such as solid concrete and frozen ground and navigate uneven terrain, making it a versatile and reliable choice. In addition, we guarantee no extra charges for digging post holes through rock, rubble, or underlying foundations.

The Dandy Digger has two sets of balloon tires on the front and one on the back to prevent making ruts in the terrain. Plus, its articulating design (bends in the middle) prevents damage to the surrounding lawn when it turns.

Its compact design can fit into tight spaces that other equipment may not be able to access. And with a digging speed of 40 holes per hour, the Dandy Digger can quickly and efficiently get the job done.

When using the Dandy Digger, posts are set into the holes, and the gaps are filled with concrete. The depth of the hole depends upon the height of the fence and the necessary below-ground support. Therefore, the total length of the posts is the length of the below-ground and above-ground requirements.

Hand Diggers

fence post hole digger - manual
Hand Digger

In some situations, hand diggers may be necessary to install fence posts. Difficult installation areas include spaces where equipment cannot access (for example, next to a building) or within two feet of underground utilities.

The average holes per hour with hand diggers will vary depending on the soil and terrain conditions, as well as the physical ability of the person using them. On average, one person can typically dig 5-6 holes per hour with a hand digger.

At A to Z Quality Fencing, we only use hand diggers when necessary and always check for underground utilities before digging. In addition, we prioritize safety and efficiency in all of our fencing installations.

Like augers, posts are set into the holes, and gaps are filled with concrete. The height of the fence determines how much below-ground support is needed and the overall length of the post. The post must be long enough for the portion underground and above-ground requirements.


Overall, it is crucial to consider the equipment and techniques used for fence installation when hiring a fencing company. The proper equipment and procedures ensure that posts are securely installed, minimizing potential damage, clean-up, or safety hazards in the future.

At A to Z Quality Fencing, we prioritize using the most efficient and practical techniques for each job. Whether using our pounders, Dandy Digger auger, or hand diggers, we guarantee secure fence post installation.

In addition to considering the equipment and techniques used, it is important to understand fencing materials and their various attributes. Understanding these factors will help ensure that your fence meets your needs and lasts for years to come. Contact us to learn more about our fencing materials and installation process.



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Premium Rails

Much like our fence pickets, our company takes care to only build with rails with minor defects. Taking the time to use premium fence materials helps ensure your family can enjoy the security and privacy of your new fence for years to come.

Decorative Details

Our team is committed to going the extra mile in every detail of your fence project.

Customize your fence project by asking about our add-ons we offer: decorative post caps, trim, and custom railings.

Better Fence Pickets

We build with only the best fence pickets. These are not the typical fence pickets anyone can buy from the local big-box stores. We have partnered with suppliers to provide the highest quality wood fencing materials.

Stronger Posts

We understand that your fence is only as strong as your posts. This is why we take great care to use the strongest posts, free of defects. We not only offer heavy-duty wood posts but our no-mess, no-dig installation adds a galvanized steel post inside the wooden post for an even stronger post.

All high-quality posts are built to ensure that your fence stands strong for years.

Stronger Top Rails

The Modern Aluminum Fence top rails are routed into the posts creating an even stronger fence installation! The U channels are screwed to the frame and the entire fence is quickly assembled on-site using our no-mess, no-dig installation.

Modern, Sleek Design

A to Z Quality Fencing’s proprietary Modern Aluminum Fence features one of the most modern, sleek designs on the market. These fences are long-lasting and bring the best of A to Z’s vinyl (including simulated wood finishes) and aluminum products together, allowing for custom fabrication of modern, industrial, privacy fencing.

Stronger Fencing

Compared to wood, vinyl fencing is much stronger. Vinyl fencing is flexible and durable, which helps vinyl out-perform wood fencing in windy conditions and with environmental exposure to UV rays and weather.

Versatile Inlay Options

Want to create a super durable fence that’s as unique as you? With a Modern Aluminum Fence, you can pair A to Z Quality Fencing’s commercial aluminum fence with the inlay that best fits your style. Our vinyl inlay is available in 9 colors including various simulated wood tones, so you can create the exact look you want.

Durable Frame

Modern Aluminum Fence posts are composed of galvanized steel posts covered by our commercial-grade aluminum with its superior powder coat finish to create a stronger, longer-lasting fence that is more than weather-resistant – it will not rust with exposure to the elements!

Easy to Clean

Vinyl fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose. If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Vinyl fences are very easy to clean, making them a great option for low-maintenance fencing.

More Options Available

Vinyl fencing is available in a wide variety of configurations to match any property, home, or purpose. Iconic, white vinyl picket fences give a feel of classic Americana with that white-picket-fence-style. Darker vinyl fences can be installed to make a space look more elegant or modern. From short picket to tall privacy, vinyl fencing can be designed to enhance your backyard or business.

Strict Standards

All our aluminum fence meets BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators) code. These strict standards ensure your fencing is sturdy, durable, and non-climbable, protecting your property no matter if you are fencing in a business, backyard, or swimming pool!

The BOCA health and safety codes are critical when installing fencing around a swimming pool because they prevent children from getting over, under, or through our aluminum fencing.

Beautiful Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences are a bright, bold fence choice. Available in a variety of colors, vinyl fencing can be installed in a many configurations to help you enhance the beauty of your property. And, because vinyl isn’t as porous as wood, vinyl fences retain their color and finish much longer than wood fencing so you can enjoy your fence for years to come.

Superior Powder Coating

Our superior powder coating provides a smooth, durable finish, more resistant to chips, scratches, fading, rust, and corrosion than other finishes. This long-lasting, low-maintenance finish results from our application and curing processes that melt the powder particles to create a smooth, continuous, and permanent bond to the aluminum.

In addition, our paint finish meets AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) specifications.

Custom Fabrication

You’re steps away from a one-of-a-kind aluminum fence made just for you! Our high-quality aluminum fencing comes from our sister company A to Z Fence Supplies. We assemble each aluminum fence to meet your unique design requirements, including color, finials, puppy panels, O-rings, and custom top edges.

Stronger Posts & Hardware

A benefit of choosing our team to install your chain link fence is that we use only the most durable posts and hardware.

Chain-link fences are known for being the last fences standing during hurricanes, tornados, and other severe weather events.

Unparalleled Durability

The weakest point of any fence is where the post comes out of the ground. Our no-mess, no-dig installation process pounds a galvanized steel post into the soil. Then we slide an aluminum post over the galvanized steel posts. A steel post is stronger at ground level than an aluminum post.

Our high-quality aluminum fence, combined with our no-mess, no-dig installation process, creates a highly durable aluminum fence.

Top Quality Rails

We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to ensure your investment is built to last.

Adding a top rail to your chain link fence project creates an extra level of durability and security.

Premium Chain Link Mesh

Our chain link mesh offers a high level of security for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Manufactured with you in mind to provide you with security and beauty at the same time.

Nice Finishing Caps

Our team prides themselves on putting in the little details that make your fence unique to you. Ask your representative about adding premium finishing caps to your Chain Link fence project.