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Working on some fence lines, I came across this tool, it will come to good use until I can put in some new fencing of net wire (sheep/goat) in about 3 years.


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Had one of those when when I was a kid. Folks bought it out of the Farnam catalog. Worked great on cattle fence.
 
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If you need something simple, easy, inexpensive, time saving and long lasting try these.




You can get them on Amazon in smaller quantities, etc.
 
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The Laundry Fairy and I were being amateur archeologists digging in the hillside yesterday, cleaning up some trash and bottles from 1940 to 50's.

After I clear all the invasive trees/brush from this area, I'm gonna have to do some serious land grading to keep this soil from washing out.

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If you need something simple, easy, inexpensive, time saving and long lasting try these.
You can get them on Amazon in smaller quantities, etc.
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'Simple' is just using what you probably already have around. Easy to make a quick modification to a Water Meter Key to use as a strand tightener.

It just creates small 'kinks' in the wire (shallow kinks as shown in pic below, to over 90° if needed).

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'Simple' is just using what you probably already have around. Easy to make a quick modification to a Water Meter Key to use as a strand tightener.

I just creates small 'kinks' in the wire (shallow kinks as shown in pic below, to over 90° if needed).

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Basically that is what the wire tight tool does that I was using in the video, but with like 6 impressions into the wire.
 

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Working on some fence lines, I came across this tool, it will come to good use until I can put in some new fencing of net wire (sheep/goat) in about 3 years.


lol, a great throw back video when my son was much younger!



Older videos of wut knots.







 
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I think putting a bend in the fence wire shown in the video only makes the fence look a bit better. It does nothing to restrain an animal from applying pressure with it's head or shoulder to get the wire back in the same condition as before the tool was used. The wire needs to be mechanically modified to keep the wire tight enough to stay under pressure from an animal.
 
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I think putting a bend in the fence wire shown in the video only makes the fence look a bit better. It does nothing to restrain an animal from applying pressure with it's head or shoulder to get the wire back in the same condition as before the tool was used. The wire needs to be mechanically modified to keep the wire tight enough to stay under pressure from an animal.
Fences are to animals as locks are to people - they keep the honest ones in/out.
 
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I think putting a bend in the fence wire shown in the video only makes the fence look a bit better. It does nothing to restrain an animal from applying pressure with it's head or shoulder to get the wire back in the same condition as before the tool was used. The wire needs to be mechanically modified to keep the wire tight enough to stay under pressure from an animal.
Having tight wires helps keep the livestock from entangle themselves when they think the grass is greener on the other side.
 

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I think putting a bend in the fence wire shown in the video only makes the fence look a bit better. It does nothing to restrain an animal from applying pressure with it's head or shoulder to get the wire back in the same condition as before the tool was used. The wire needs to be mechanically modified to keep the wire tight enough to stay under pressure from an animal.
We didn't have anything fancy, but pulled wire tight with fencing pliers, then stapled them taught.

Our cows would push through to graze that "which is greener on the other side of the fence.." A bend in the wire wouldn't do much.

We were using hand-split locust posts. Most common up here at the time.
 
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Went it comes to fencing here's a simple reminder: If it ain't tight it ain't right!

PoTreeBoy, you said, "Fences are to animals as locks are to people - they keep the honest ones in/out."

Most farmers will put up with a lot of things but not an animal that keeps challenging fences. They quickly get a ride to the sale barn!! Now if we had a similar process for humans the violated rules we'd have less broken rules! ;)
 
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Having tight wires helps keep the livestock from entangle themselves when they think the grass is greener on the other side.

Absolutely. (y)

And while a determined 'cow' will find a way to stick its head through the wire and eventually re-stretch it....it is less likely they will do so if the wire is tight. Also, using fence 'stays' can help keep fencing in a condition that is less inviting for livestock to stick their heads through.

It is well worth the effort to keep barbwire tight but doing a mechanical re-stretch of the entire length just isn't feasible many times. Hence the need/practice of 'crimp' stretching....which works well enough in most situations.
 
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Here" a video using the Saker fence tightening tool. It actually modifies the length of fence and locks it where you leave it.

Fine for a single wire and IF the wire needs to be stretched that amount. But with T post fencing often times when you tighten one wire it loosens the one above/below so you end up having to go back to each wire and tighten only enough to make them all taut. That is what makes the 'crimp' method so useful.

I can see that tool being useful in some situations....but in order for it to 'lock' you are committed to stretching the wire a certain amount (which might not be that easy to do or necessary). Crimping doesn't require you buy any special locks/keepers and works well enough IMO. A cow can/will stretch ANY strand of wire that hasn't reached its limits of elasticity.
 
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The fiddle fartin farm to do list, forever continues.

Cleaned out the water trough.
 
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