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They're Bringing Utility Techniques To Farm Fencing
Now you can fix fence like utility linesmen have fixed lines for decades. The AgSystems Division of Preformed Line Products (PLP) has applied company technology developed for the utility market as much as 70 years ago to high tensile and barbed wire fencing.
  “When farmers try our wire splice, dead end terminations and other products, they ask where we’ve been all their lives,” says Dustin Graef, PLP AgSystems.
  With PLP products, the only tools needed to build or repair fence wire are a stretcher and a wire cutter. The splices are used to reconnect any broken or cut wire. The dead ends are designed to create a secure loop around a post or to create a 90° turn around a corner post. When finished, there are no crimped and weakened wires.
  What makes PLP's splices and dead ends different is their preformed helical rod technology. Before being used, the preformed splice and dead ends look as though they are already wrapped around an invisible core.
  When splices and dead ends are applied to correctly sized, stretched wire ends, they follow their preformed shape, locking tightly in place. Wrapping the splice around a broken wire or the dead end to a terminating wire at an end post creates a solid rod-like connection.
  "Our splices and dead ends are made from Class 3 or higher galvanized steel that won't crack or rust," says Graef. "Splices are much stronger than the original wire's breaking strength and likely will outlast it."
  The splices are color coded to match standard fence wire from 12.4 to 18 gauge barbed wire or 9 to 12.5 gauge smooth wire. Dead ends also match a wide variety of barbed and smooth wires, as well as insulated and non-insulated wood posts and T-posts. Armored insulator dead ends are also available for use with electrified fences.
  "They are designed with the same technology used on power lines around the world and can withstand 500kV for 24 hrs. a day," says Graef.
  Suggested retail prices are under $1.50/pair for the splices, under $2 for non-insulated dead ends, under $4 for insulated post dead ends and under $3.50 for insulated T-post dead ends. The company's Ranchmate product line includes a variety of fencing tools and accessories, such as one-man single bar fence stretchers, fence clip tie bars for installing and removing T-post clips, 3D post-mount "no trespassing" signs, a simple dispenser for coiled wire and more. Each item sold directly supports the National FFA organization.
  PLP AgSsytems products are available through farm and hardware supply stores nationwide. To see applications of splices and dead ends check out the video at www.farmshow.com.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, PLP AgSystems,
660 Beta Dr., 
Mayfield Village, Ohio 44143 (ph 440 461-5200; aginquiries@preformed.com; www.preformedagsystems.com).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2