1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2, Page #03[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Short Finder" Helps Fix Electric Fence
The Power Probe was a recent winner of Australia's Ag Invention of the Year award. John Ferris of Ferris Fencing in British Columbia obtained one of the pocket-sized probes to see if it really worked. He was so impressed he became North American distributor for the product.
"It's simple to use. You just touch it to the fence wire. There are two arrows at the top of the unit, one pointing right and one pointing left with red lights next to each arrow. If the right arrow lights up, that means the short is in that direction. You just keep following the arrows until you find the problem," says Ferris.
You can use the Power Probe to check your fence regularly to see if it's functioning properly. It has a readout that shows voltage and amps. If the amps (or current) is higher than normal, and the voltage lower than normal, that means you probably have a short.
Ferris notes that you can also use the probe to detect stray voltage around the farm. If animals are not drinking from a particular water tank, for example, you can touch the probe to it to see if electricity could be causing the problem.
The Power Probe sells for $145 (Canadian).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Ferris, Ferris Fencing, 430 Grove Hill Rd., Qualicum, B.C. V9K 2A3 Canada (ph 250-757-9677; E-mail: Ferfen@nanaimo.ark.com; Web Site: www.nanaimo.ark.com/~ferfen.
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