Posted 12/1/2012 13:59 (#2726947 - in reply to #2726806) Subject: RE: fixing and tightening barbed wire fence?
Driftless SW Wisconsin
I've had good luck using those on newer runs of barb wire that got loose somehow.. However I have not had good luck with them trying to tighten very old rusty, brittle wire that seems to break due to the sharp bends the tightener puts in old wire. Sometimes it breaks some time after you just finished tightening it and left. They do work well on newer fences. The straight pull of the Gripples and its tool seems to not be as likely to break old barb wire as anything that winds it tightly.