that’s an improvement BY TERRYN DRIELING
That’s Stretching It!
Workin’ on the fence line just got a whole lot easier
We know wire isn’t a ‘tool’ per
se; but choosing the right wire can
make all the difference, especially if
it lasts fi fty years and requires only
Unless you’re building a hot fence
or a set of corrals, you’ve got barbed
wire on the brain. When it comes to
barbed wire, you’ve got a few options.
Barbed wire is available in both
low-carbon and high tensile options.
Each wire has its own set of benefi
ts – low-carbon is thicker but more
fl exible and less expensive than its
high tensile counterpart. High tensile
is thin but strong and won’t stretch
out. From there, you can choose if
you want to go with two barbs or
four. And fi nally, you can select your
desired level of galvanization.
Hint: While commercial galvanization
is the least expensive, it also
offers less protection than Class 1 or
Class 3 which offers the most protection
from the elements, and ultimately
Red Brand 80 Ruthless
Red Brand 80 Ruthless features a
4-point barb style with 5-inch spacing
between barbs, lending to its ruthlessness.
The 12.5-gauge, low-carbon
steel construction makes this barbed
wire not only durable but also pliable.
Double wire reverse twist cable
ensures that this barbed wire will hold
its barbs and won’t sag.
Red Brand 80 Ruthless barbed wire is
available in Class 1, Class 3, or commercial
Bekaert High Tensile 15.5-gauge
Gaucho® Barbed Wire
Bekaert’s High Tensile 15.5-gauge
Gaucho® Barbed Wire is constructed
using a higher percentage of steel
than its low-carbon counterpart. This
high tensile barbed wire is strong, yet
small in diameter. There’s no need for
pre-stretching when using High Tensile
15.5-gauge Gaucho® Barbed Wire.
High Tensile 15.5-gauge Gaucho®
Barbed Wire features a 950-pound
breaking strength and comes in both
2 and 4-point barb styles. You’ve also
got options in barb spacing and coating.
High Tensile 15.5-gauge Gaucho
Barbed Wire® is available with Class
3, Bekaert’s Bezinal®, and Bezinal®
plus UV paint.
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There’s more than one way to
stretch a fence, as they say. You can
use a one-piece clamp and ratchet system;
a chain grab stretcher; a come
along; or if you’re really in a pinch
f you’re like us, and the late-great Chris LeDoux, you’re tired
of workin’ like a dawg on the fence line. We’ve found some
tools that can help improve the job, and quite possibly your
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