U Post Vs T Post – DIFFERENCES & SIMILARTIES (&Where to Buy)

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U Post


T Post

  • Has more than 1 type available


  • Some are flimsy while others are way heavier and stronger than T posts
  • They’re typically stronger than U Posts
  • The thicker U Posts will need to pound in.


  • Plus, you will need to wire the fence to them since they have bumps and not little clip-tabs to slide wire under.
  • T-Posts are easier to get in the ground. You can slide them in if the ground is soft and then pound them in thereafter.
  • They seem to last longer
  • T-posts are great for poultry and give a fair service life.
  • They are a  bit cheaper and are better looking.
  • They cost more but are more sturdy.

The flimsy U posts are typically good for almost nothing. They’re a bit cheaper and better aesthetic but don’t hold up to rigor, or feature many connections for things like electric fence wiring.

If you’re considering fencing a pasture then I would recommend using electric netting. It is the quickest way to reliably contain in an area(but can get a bit pricey if you’re doing a large area).

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U Post Vs T Post

Difference between T post and U post

  • Shapes

“T posts” are shaped like the letter “T” while U shapes are shaped like the letter “U”.

  • Price

U Posts typically cost less than T posts.

  • Thickness

They’re both available in light and heavy-duty versions.

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T posts are more appropriate for poultry while U posts are more used for goat and pony farms.

T posts are easy to install and remove when necessary but U posts are thicker and usually require some serious pounding to the ground.

Some farmers shared that ponies and goats often lean on T-posts, then bend or push them outward.

The thickness of T posts and U posts are pretty the same, from 2 mm to 6 mm.

  • Package

Both are sold in bundles of 10 pieces and in pallets of 50 bundles.

  • Applications

Aside from their fencing function, either or both of these posts can be used to protect houses and gardens, secure traffic signboards, fix plants, and support wire mesh fencing.

  • Other characteristics

Advantages of U posts:

Cheaper than T posts but a fine quality

Durable and a long service year

Avoid chipping and bending caused by the rugged environment

Advantages of T posts:

It is re-useable

It boasts of a higher grasping strength

Very convenient to attach the wire

How to install steel fence posts?

  • Do Your math’s after Considering your Options

Pick either the “T” and/or “U” posts and calculate the distance between posts and how much area you want to cover.

Once you have done that, purchase the number of posts you need. I recommend buying extra, just in case.

  • Map the Location of Post Spots

Locate and mark the spots you’d like to drive your posts into the ground. Measure how far the posts will be from each other and how tall/long your fence will be, then measure the same distance between posts.

For spots/areas with obstacles, stones, or rocks, it is important to shovel and clear them before the installation process commences.

This guarantees that all posts are the same height.

  • Make Holes for Post Spots

You should use the best auger for fence posts to create holes where posts will be buried.

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Each hole needs to be at least 2-feet deep so it can withstand weather and animals.

  • Secure Posts to Stakes

Next, secure the posts to stakes by inserting small and thin metal posts underground in each post.

  • Pull a String Around the Area

Then wrap around the area of the fence with string to inspect possible obstacles.

Take them away before moving on.

  • Fill the Holes

Use dry cement or gravel to fill the holes.

Avoid filling them up COMPLETELY; about 2/3 of the hole filling is fine.

  • Fit the Posts in Holes

Insert and press a post down into each hole. The post needs to be wrapped in gravel and firm.

Use a leveling tool to keep them upright. Check all posts and make sure they’re securely anchored.

  • Fill the Holes with Cement Mixture

Mix the cement and fill the holes with the mixture by pouring the cement into the remaining areas.

Wait until they are dry before moving on for lifelong steadiness.

  • Strengthen Posts

You should secure the post with more wires or stakes around the base. This will yield a reinforced fencing structure that rids your setup of weak and shaky posts.

Types of Fence Post

  • Wooden fence posts

Wooden fence are great for starters looking to invest a budget-sized amount of money for extra security for their farm animals.

A wooden fence post has to be sturdy, which means digging a hole and possibly using gravel or cement to keep the post upright.

They have an aesthetically pleasing look too.

  • Metal fence post

Metal fence posts are cheaper than wood fences and are easier to install.

They don’t look as pretty as wood fences but they are more practical when it comes to fencing a large area.

  • Fiberglass and Metal Rods

When used alongside metal or wooden fence posts, metal or fiberglass rods lets you place the posts farther apart with a metal rod or fiberglass in between for added sturdiness.

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Optionally, you can use electric fencing but you will need to buy insulators to hold the electric wire.

Fiberglass and metal rods are a cheap way to put up electric fencing to keep out deer.

  • Step-In Fence Posts

Step-in fence posts are temporary fencing option that is made from fiberglass or polypropylene and are very lightweight.

They have a spike on the bottom that pushes easily into the ground.

Some have a hole just above the spike where you can slide your foot in and “step” the post into the ground.

  • Split Locust

Locust fence posts aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of the options but they are less expensive and are naturally rot-resistant which means no chemicals.

Locust posts are not uniform so your fence may appear rustic. Some people may or may not appreciate this style.

The cost of locust fence posts varies depending on where you live, but if locust trees are abundant, the price tag can be as low as $3 a post.

  • Store-Bought Treated

Treated wooden fence posts will provide a neat fencing appearance and a darn tidy one too. The posts are uniform in size and shape.

The posts can be round or square and should be six to eight feet tall.


We have pointed out the similarities and differences between T post and U post to you, so we hope you find your answer. No matter what type you pick from, remember a post can serve as a spine of your fencing, and the sturdier the post, the former the fence.

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

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