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Oilfield Sucker Rod Put Out On Pasture
When the fiberglass sucker rods on oilfield pump jacks wear out, they don't have to be thrown away. They can find a second life as electric fence posts.
  "They last a long time and are fire resistant," says Bert Rivera, distribution manager for Twin Mountain Fence, San Angelo, Texas, which buys the sucker rods to cut to size as fence posts.
  The rigid fiberglass rods are easy to drive into the ground a couple of feet. Twin Mountain sells torsion springs to slip over the sucker rods to hold wire. For fencers who prefer to drill holes in the rods to hold the wire tighter, the company also sells cotter pins and wire clips.
  Because of their availability from Texas oil fields, Twin Mountain Fence fiberglass rods tend to be less expensive and bigger than the 3/8-in. dia. posts sold by most companies. They come in various diameters and can be ordered by the foot. For 6-ft. posts, prices range from $2.40 for 5/8-in. dia. to $9.30 for 1.2-in. dia. rods.
  "Their longevity and strength make the posts a good investment for electric fence jobs," Rivera says.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Twin Mountain Fence, P.O. Box 2240, San Angelo, Texas 76902 (ph 800 527-0990; www.twinmountainfence.com).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #4