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Re: electric fencer and weather

Post by SBMF 2015 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:46 pm

I have 100x more problems with 200lbs calves figuring out that if they run fast enough the fence only hurts for a second and their out. But they try and go slow going back and get lit up.
I have a small lot that I have thought about using a Parmak 12v solar fencer. I just can't get past the difference in Jules out put between solar and 110.


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Re: electric fencer and weather

Post by T & B farms » Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:57 pm

I have 2 range masters and gotten along well with them. Pretty powerful, rated at 6.6 jol. With good moisture and a clean fence mine will shock at at 10-11kv. Been nailed by it several times, you won’t forget it. I also have close to a dozen 12volt solar parmak. Have very good luck with them. Have sent a few of them in for repair, but they never charge me and have them back to me within 1.5-2 weeks.

I’m going to buy one of the high powered stafix charges for the house. Putting a high tensile fence around 240 acres with lots of cross fences. Hope it can handle it

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Re: electric fencer and weather

Post by dvcochran » Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:59 pm

I agree the ground is essential to a successful electric fence. So let's talk grounding. How is everyone else doing it? I seem to do just as good or better with three 4' pieces of clean rebar spaced 6' apart over a copper rod 8' in the ground. It is pretty hard to drive a smallish rod that far in the ground around here.

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Re: electric fencer and weather

Post by sstterry » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:27 pm

dvcochran wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:59 pm
I agree the ground is essential to a successful electric fence. So let's talk grounding. How is everyone else doing it? I seem to do just as good or better with three 4' pieces of clean rebar spaced 6' apart over a copper rod 8' in the ground. It is pretty hard to drive a smallish rod that far in the ground around here.
Do I understand that you dig a trench 8' deep?

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Re: electric fencer and weather

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:05 pm

sstterry wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:27 pm
dvcochran wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:59 pm
I agree the ground is essential to a successful electric fence. So let's talk grounding. How is everyone else doing it? I seem to do just as good or better with three 4' pieces of clean rebar spaced 6' apart over a copper rod 8' in the ground. It is pretty hard to drive a smallish rod that far in the ground around here.
Do I understand that you dig a trench 8' deep?
I have 3 8' galvanized rods buried in the drip of the barn. Not 8' deep but buried and 6' apart.
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Re: electric fencer and weather

Post by sstterry » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:10 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:05 pm
sstterry wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:27 pm
dvcochran wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:59 pm
I agree the ground is essential to a successful electric fence. So let's talk grounding. How is everyone else doing it? I seem to do just as good or better with three 4' pieces of clean rebar spaced 6' apart over a copper rod 8' in the ground. It is pretty hard to drive a smallish rod that far in the ground around here.
Do I understand that you dig a trench 8' deep?
I have 3 8' galvanized rods buried in the drip of the barn. Not 8' deep but buried and 6' apart.
That is exactly the same setup I have only one would only go 4' before rock If it gets dry, 3 buckets of water help.

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Re: electric fencer and weather

Post by kenny thomas » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:13 pm

Any little bit of rain from the barn roof always goes to the correct place. A few years ago during a drought I also let a water hose run for a couple hours in the same area. Found out I had a short in an underground crossing area instead of a ground problem
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Re: electric fencer and weather

Post by chaded » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:13 pm

I have 4 galvanized rods buried 6 feet deep, 10 foot apart.

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Re: electric fencer and weather

Post by Ned Jr. » Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:22 am

I have several solar 12v Parmak chargers around and they work great. Quick and easy to set up. I do a lazy man set up often by just tying into the fence for my ground. All the steel posts make a good ground.

I used Gallagher for years and they are ok but in my opinion over priced and overrated. The slightest short will knock them out. Not very well protected either.

I have 1 Patriot and it’s been a good one.

IMO the Taylor Fence Cyclops charger is the Cadillac of them all. It’s amazing how well it can handle a short and they are very well protected. Also American made!
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Re: electric fencer and weather

Post by BigBear56 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:40 am

dvcochran wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:59 pm
I agree the ground is essential to a successful electric fence. So let's talk grounding. How is everyone else doing it? I seem to do just as good or better with three 4' pieces of clean rebar spaced 6' apart over a copper rod 8' in the ground. It is pretty hard to drive a smallish rod that far in the ground around here.
(2) 8’ copper 6’ apart.

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