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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by M-5 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:02 am

sstterry wrote:
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They come with a panel . All you have to provide is the battery. Are American made and Alabama
You sure lost a Tennessee Boy with that Alabama part... :lol:

That aside, their 32-joule charger looks like a beast that could knock back any bull.
Buy whatever brand that has a service shop in your town. If you don't have one then Alabama is a heck of alot closer for repairs than where every parmak is made.


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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by Beefeater » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:26 am

Where exactly do you think every Parmak is made? Your posts appear to imply they are not made in U.S.? Website indicates otherwise for the chargers.

Taylor Hero model seems to be most comparable to Parmak 12. Think I’ll stick with the Parmak on that comparison. However, I might try one on their boxes with my large solar panels. I like Taylor’s comparison chart on website, but it doesn’t compare any Parmaks. Why?

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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by M-5 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:21 am

Idk why, I have no affiliation with Taylor. I have just been around and used electric fence since I was a child. I just know what I see at the 2 local repair shops most often. I have 2 junk parmak in scrap pile I could have bought 2 Taylor's with repair bills over the last 10 years
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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by bball » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:58 pm

M-5 wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:02 am
sstterry wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:12 am
M-5 wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:54 am
They come with a panel . All you have to provide is the battery. Are American made and Alabama
You sure lost a Tennessee Boy with that Alabama part... :lol:

That aside, their 32-joule charger looks like a beast that could knock back any bull.
Buy whatever brand that has a service shop in your town. If you don't have one then Alabama is a heck of alot closer for repairs than where every parmak is made.
Since M-5 initially posted about the Taylor chargers, I have purchased 3 now. One for myself, one for my FIL, and one for a good friend/neighbor with cattle as a gift. I am more than pleased with the product and the people.
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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by sstterry » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:05 pm

Parmak is made in Kansas City. I have heard great things about the Taylors, but they are a bit on the pricey side.

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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by bball » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:33 pm

sstterry wrote:
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Parmak is made in Kansas City. I have heard great things about the Taylors, but they are a bit on the pricey side.
Just like an attorney, you get what you pay for. ;-)
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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by Beefeater » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:34 pm

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Just like an attorney, you get what you pay for. ;-)
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If only that were true...

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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by T & B farms » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:55 pm

I’ve had good luck with my parmaks. I have 4 of the 12v and 2 of the 6v. I recommend spending the extra on the 12v. Don’t have to keep the fence near as clean. Oldest one is only going on it’s 5th year, but no trouble. I had one get flooded, shipped it in and they fixed it for free.

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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by sstterry » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:32 am

bball wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:33 pm
sstterry wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:05 pm
Parmak is made in Kansas City. I have heard great things about the Taylors, but they are a bit on the pricey side.
Just like an attorney, you get what you pay for. ;-)
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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by NoEsc » Wed May 29, 2019 4:37 am

I highly recommend using blue warning tape that can be woven into your existing fence. It's visibility and flapping sounds caused by the wind will call their attention to the fence.
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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by u4411clb » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:26 pm

bball wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:58 pm
M-5 wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:02 am
sstterry wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:12 am


You sure lost a Tennessee Boy with that Alabama part... :lol:

That aside, their 32-joule charger looks like a beast that could knock back any bull.
Buy whatever brand that has a service shop in your town. If you don't have one then Alabama is a heck of alot closer for repairs than where every parmak is made.
Since M-5 initially posted about the Taylor chargers, I have purchased 3 now. One for myself, one for my FIL, and one for a good friend/neighbor with cattle as a gift. I am more than pleased with the product and the people.
I forget who on here gave me instructions on buying solar panel and making box myself with Taylor charger but it is best money I have spent in long time. Will out do anything solar you can buy for half the price.

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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by u4411clb » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:38 pm

Buy the charger go to Amazon get a better solar panel and controller and a kid can build tha wood box. I bought one and got advice on this website and the one I made runs circles around one I bought and much cheaper. No problems going on 7 years.

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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by ValleyView » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:58 pm

Clearly in the minority here, but I have great luck (thus far this summer) with my Gallagher S16.
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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by ERNIBIGB » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:13 am

Any good 12v fence charger + any 12v battery + 5watt solar panel. I have had much better results putting together the components separately than the self contained units. Can use larger panels but they will require a charge controller so as not to over charge. I had one that ran uninterrupted for 5 years before taking it down. Have even swapped dead batteries out at the parts house for a core they had that would still hold some charge for free.

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Re: Best Solar Fence Charger for the Cost

Post by jdg » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:06 am

I've used Kencove, Gallagher, Stafix (and Tru-test), and Cyclops. The Gallagher's, with proper lightning arrestors installed, are still going, albeit the most expensive. I would have thought the Stafix and Tru-test would have been on the same level as Gallagher, but have had a few more issues, some their faults, some mine. (no lightning arrestor). The Cyclops was a good bit cheaper than the others mentioned, and do not require a lightning arrestor. However, they have fuses that are used instead, that must be checked and replaced. I've found that a heavy load on the fence if not found in time will blow the fuses. For the money, I still like the Cyclops, and have successfully had one repaired in Alabama quite affordably. I have not used Parmak, so I can't compare.

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