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By DAVID EAST
FENCING is one of the most important
investment landholders will make to
protect their assets and keep predators
away from their animals.
Properly constructed and well-installed
fences will last longer and look nicer.
If maintained, they can save you a lot of
time, energy and money not to mention better
relationships with your neighbours.
To get a good fence, start by selecting mate-
rials that will suit the layout of the land.
Farm fencing is available in a variety of
styles and materials and the choice depends
on the types of animals being farmed or run
and the budget in hand.
Wire-strand fences that incorporate one or
more barbed-wires may be ideal for contain-
ing and deterring thick-skinned livestock
from straying but for horses, in particular,
barbed wire can lead to severe injuries.
Well-constructed, prefabricated wire fences
are more suited to containing smaller animals
such as sheep and goats while bigger and
Electric fences get popular
Mixed metal strands ideal
Post and rail visually appealing
Helen Worland (pictured at her purpose-build post-and-rail holding yard in
Mount Barker) and husband Bob bought this 30-hectare property for their
three brood mares and nine other horses. Using recycled timber from an
old vineyard nearby, the couple built a post-and-rail holding yard whose
high visibility has kept their horses out of danger.
EVER wondered how your fencing
contractor achieves that profes-
sional finish in good time?
Well, the trick may be in the
Waratah has released two new
fencing tools designed to increase
speed and ease-of-use when ten-
sioning wire across a range of appli-
The Wizard Contractor Wire
Strainer and Gripple Contractor
Tensioning Tool are products
Waratah's fencing expert Neville
Prince swears by.
"Using the Contractor wire strainer
for the first time, there was noticeably
less effort needed to strain the same
load when compared to ordinary
strainers," Neville said.
"These savings in effort really add-
up over a big job and in the end, that
means you can get the job done faster
and to a higher standard.
"It's a heavyduty strainer that handles bigger
fences and all types of pre-fabricated products
that require those larger strain-loads."
With a 720-millimetres steel handle, the
Wizard Contractor Wire Strainer has increased
leverage that can apply the same load to almost
any fencing application with 30 per cent less
physical effort compared to a standard Wizard
For existing fences and day-to-day mainte-
nance, the Gripple Contractor Tensioning tool is a
durable and user-friendly tool for use with the
Gripple series of products to join and tension
short strains of wire.
"Compared to the standard plastic Gripple
Tensioning tool, the Contractor model is made
from steel. It has longer handles and a geared
head, which provide greater leverage," Neville
"For knocking over those small fencing jobs
faster while doing a quality job, the upgraded
steel Gripple tensioning tool is great to have on
• Need to know more?
Contact your local Waratah representative on
13 10 80 or www.onesteelwaratah.com.au
Prince says tools designed to increase speed
and ease-of-use save a lot of effort when
undertaking the big jobs.
Tool tricks of the trade
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• Clearing Fence Lines, Under Power Lines, Survey Tracks and Roadside Verges
• Fire Breaks • Fuel Load Reduction • Fire Access Tracks • Asset Protection Zones
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