I recently moved to a rural area, and I needed to remove about 100 yards of fence from my field. Most of it was old, gnarly, and half-falling-over, and I got it out easy enough — I just hooked the fence to a vehicle and pulled — but I was left with the 8′ T-posts that were stuck about 2′ to 3′ deep. I considered a three-point lift, an engine lift, and explosives; then common sense took hold, so I tried prying, shoveling, and pulling. The few that came out looked like post pretzels. I wish I’d found this T-post puller earlier.
The simple lever grabs the “nubs” on the post and pulls it out of the ground with a couple of downward pushes. It left the posts in good-enough condition that I could use ’em again later, and I even had some success with some smooth posts.
The puller normally sells for $20 at Harbor Freight. I got it on sale, but even at full price if it can salvage about half a dozen posts, the tool has paid for itself.
T-Post Puller [Harbor Freight]