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Electric Fence Gate Needs No Insulators
“We had problems with insulators and wires breaking on our electric fence gate. So I placed a 3-ft. length of 18-in. dia. plastic field tile over a wood post at each end of the gate. Vertical pvc tubes in the gate hold the wire, eliminating the need for insulators,” says Ryan Dahlman, Bad Axe, Mich.

    The 20-ft. wide gate is made from 4 strands of high tensile wire, which run through holes drilled into vertical pvc tubes spaced about 5 ft. apart. The wire strands wrap around deep grooves in the tile at one end of the gate. “After looping the wire around the tile we tighten it and then clamp it off. No staples or insulators are needed,” says Dahlman.

    The wires fasten onto a pvc tube at the opposite end of the gate. A pair of thick wire loops wrap around the tile and slip over the top and bottom of the pvc tube to keep the gate standing upright.

    To open the gate Dahlman slips the top wire loop off the pvc tube, then lifts the tube out of the bottom loop and walks the gate open.

    “We’ve used this system for 3 years and really like it,” says Dahlman. “Deer used to run into the gate wires and pull the insulators out, but that can’t happen now. Also, crimping sleeves on both sides of the pvc tubes keep the wires tightly in place so we can’t accidentally overtighten the wires and break them.”

    Dahlman has a cow-calf operation with a rotational grazing system. “Some of our pastures surround woods which the cattle use for shade during the summer, so we’ve made 5 or 6 of these gates to let cows go into the woods at different places.”

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ryan Dahlman, 289 Rapson Road, Bad Axe, Mich. 48413 (ph 989 551-8129; rdahlman8970@gmail.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #2