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Grape Stakes

A well known vineyard in California was developing a new vineyard on sloping hills in California. The project required the installation of tens of thousands of grape stakes and the time allotment was short.

The Challenge:
Install tens of thousands of grape stakes within a short time frame allowing the new vine stock to be planted within the seasonal requirements.

The Solution:
Build a mobile production line.

The Tools:
2 – Rhino PD 45s, tool retractors, Kaeser M 26 Air Compressor, utility tractor, utility/material trailer with cross rail

The Result:
3-man crews driving 480 grape stakes per hour. The installation was completed three weeks ahead of schedule.


More customer stories:

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pour own a vineyard in Red Bud, Illinois where Mike had previously put in 600 posts by hand and was facing with daunting task of 1100 more. Mike purchased the GPD-30 from Rhino Tools and contacted them about how he could use this powerful little driver for notched grape stakes, rather than usual T-posts. Mike was thrilled with his experience and recalls that Rhino ‘bent over backwards’ to help him out and provided a modified chuck that ‘worked like a dream’. Mike was able to put in 1100 posts over 4 weekends, driving the stake down 4 ft in 15-20 seconds, which he describes as ‘slick as a whistle’. Mike said, “The only downside to the driver is that now every weekend I have a friend or a neighbor that is begging to borrow it.”