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I need advice on electric fence

Post by Chapin81 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:38 pm

I need advice on the wire. Should I buy hi tensile or aluminum 12.5GA. I’m planning on using this wire to carry the power throughout the entire property mostly the perimeter and dividing pastures(the biggest pastures are 45 acres) then I Will be using poly wire to reduce the pastures even further for rotational grazing to less than an acre or so. I know the aluminum 12.5GA is weaker than hi tensile but I’m assuming it last longer because it’s aluminum and won’t rust. Anyone have experience with this?? Thanks



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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by simme » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:10 pm

Hi tensile. It will be galvanized and will last a very long time. Aluminum is to weak.
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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by Chapin81 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:36 pm

simme wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:10 pm
Hi tensile. It will be galvanized and will last a very long time. Aluminum is to weak.
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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by wbvs58 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:39 pm

Yep hi tensile.

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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by JW IN VA » Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:25 pm

You have gotten good advice.Aluminum,while being an excellent carrier,is just too weak to trust for perimeter fence.Hi tensile wire I know was put up in 1985 is still not rusty.
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Post by Chapin81 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:51 pm

JW IN VA wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:25 pm
You have gotten good advice.Aluminum,while being an excellent carrier,is just too weak to trust for perimeter fence.Hi tensile wire I know was put up in 1985 is still not rusty.
Holy smokes that as almost as old as I am. Good to know it last a long time. We use barb wire and after a few years it’s shot probably no more than 8-10 years.

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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by kenny thomas » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:55 pm

Buy good stuff and it will last long term and actually be cheaper and lots less problem. And install it correctly. The cheapest way many times is the most expensive long term.
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Post by kenny thomas » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:58 pm

That includes if your contracting the work done also. Cheaper price something's means cheaper work.
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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by Chapin81 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:19 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:58 pm
That includes if your contracting the work done also. Cheaper price something's means cheaper work.
Hi Kenny we are doing the work ourselves, it’s ambitious but I bump into too many conartist and excuse the lingo jerkoffs ...down there

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Post by JW IN VA » Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:33 pm

Some will disagree about the brand because they dislike working with it but Gaucho wire is the barbed wire I was referring to earlier.The only hi tensile smooth I have ever seen rust was in the dirt or repeatedly in flood water. I'm trying some Sta Tuff now since I could buy it cheaper. The older style Class 1 galvanized wire will rust in a few years.Much easier to work with but heavy and high priced.
Kenny's right.If you brace hi tensile properly,it's good fence.Brace it poorly and you won't like it.
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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by Rafter S » Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:30 am

JW IN VA wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:33 pm
Some will disagree about the brand because they dislike working with it but Gaucho wire is the barbed wire I was referring to earlier.The only hi tensile smooth I have ever seen rust was in the dirt or repeatedly in flood water. I'm trying some Sta Tuff now since I could buy it cheaper. The older style Class 1 galvanized wire will rust in a few years.Much easier to work with but heavy and high priced.
Kenny's right.If you brace hi tensile properly,it's good fence.Brace it poorly and you won't like it.
Yup. There are fences here at home that were built with Gaucho when I wasn't much more than a boy. The wire is still tight, and not rusty. I hate the stuff for patching fence, and keep a roll of soft wire for just that purpose, but I wouldn't use anything else for building new fences.
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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by callmefence » Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:42 am

Chapin81 wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:19 pm
kenny thomas wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:58 pm
That includes if your contracting the work done also. Cheaper price something's means cheaper work.
Hi Kenny we are doing the work ourselves, it’s ambitious but I bump into too many conartist and excuse the lingo jerkoffs ...down there
You can fix that real easy. Don't hire any contractor that wants money for work not completed. Including materials. If he doesn't have the funds or the credit to run his business you don't want him.
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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by WFfarm » Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:25 am

We will never use aluminum wire again. It's great when new, but after a few years it will oxidize and become brittle. When you bend or twist it to make a repair it just breaks. Plus, if your use magnets in your cattle for hardware, AL wire is not attracted to it.

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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by shaz » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:48 am

I prefer 17 aluminum for temp fencing. Poly wire doesn't splice very well. If you're like me you never put up the same temp fence twice so splicing is required.
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Re: I need advice on electric fence

Post by JW IN VA » Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:16 pm

High tensile wire has a tensile strength of 170,000 to 200,000 lbs.Break strength of 1305 to 1550 pounds.The 12.5 gauge aluminum wire has break strength of about 360 lb
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