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High Capacity Wire Roller Mounts On Posthole Auger
"We can wind up three-quarters of a mile of wire in 15 to 20 minutes using our posthole auger," says Ernie Hottell about the high capacity wire roller he designed to eliminate the need to take the post hole auger off when winding and unwinding.
The Bayard, Neb., fencing contractor's wire winder features a 20-in. dia. spool, which is up to 10 in. larger than other commercial spools. It has a 2-in. dia. shaft that simply mounts in place of the auger bit on his Bush Hog post hole digger. There's a short piece of auger on the shaft below the spool that anchors the unit in the ground.
"You simply auger the pipe into the ground 6 to 12 in. to anchor it," Hottell ex-plains. "While winding wire, you rock the tractor forward and backward to keep it winding evenly from top to bottom. When you're finished you raise the winder out of ground, loosen the set-screw it attaches with, and slide off the spool. The winder is cone-shaped so wire slides off easy.
"If you want to unroll wire, simply let the spool free-wheel."
Can be built to fit most post hole augers. Sells for $225.
Contact: Hottell Fencing, R.R. 1 Box 286, Bayard, Neb. 69334 (ph 308 586-2133).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #4