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cattlefeeder
Posted 10/18/2015 11:05 (#4845456)
Subject: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


Central Kansas
Just started using some poly wire. See Kencive offers quite a few different options. Figured I would want a gear drive.
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yongfarmer89
Posted 10/18/2015 11:09 (#4845459 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


whitesville new york
I have both a 1:1 reel and a 1:3 gear driven reel. Both do the job. The gear driven will role up wire fairly quick if there is no resistance, but you have less leverage. The 1:1 reel is a little slower, but you have more leverage. Both work and I don't have a issue with either.
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Direct Injected
Posted 10/18/2015 11:49 (#4845526 - in reply to #4845459)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


SW, Missouri
After 2 O'brein's have broke I'm back to the drawing board. Gallagher makes a decent reel. I'm a big fan of the geared reels.
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beanplanter
Posted 10/18/2015 11:58 (#4845532 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


Missouri

I'm poor, those cheap extension cord reels you see on clearance with the handle in the middle and knob for a crank get me by. It doesn't hurt so bad when your help runs over one with the tractor either.

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IL cow man
Posted 10/18/2015 12:21 (#4845562 - in reply to #4845532)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


Buffalo IL
Obrien or stafix 3:1 reels. Probably if I was starting from scratch I'ld get the "power fence wizard" which uses the extension cord reels and a cordless drill to roll the polywire. I don't know how to attach the you tube video.

Edit; the fence wizard I believe costs about as much as 6-8 of the geared reels, but the cordless drill will cost too.

Edited by IL cow man 10/18/2015 12:24
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beanplanter
Posted 10/18/2015 12:35 (#4845576 - in reply to #4845562)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


Missouri

IL cow man - 10/18/2015 11:21 Obrien or stafix 3:1 reels. Probably if I was starting from scratch I'ld get the "power fence wizard" which uses the extension cord reels and a cordless drill to roll the polywire. I don't know how to attach the you tube video. Edit; the fence wizard I believe costs about as much as 6-8 of the geared reels, but the cordless drill will cost too.


https://youtu.be/R2y_YcqYd3E

https://youtu.be/693p2lYSHGM

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cyclone0104
Posted 10/18/2015 12:38 (#4845580 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


Central Iowa
What type of wire are you using? I use the 9 wire braided electric twine and a quarter mile of it will barely fit on my Stafix 3:1 reel. I then got an O'briens extra large reel and a quarter mile will fit easily. You can also fabricate some sort of handle extension because as youngfarmer mentioned, a geared reel can be hard to turn if you're pulling a long wire through something like cornstalks.
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Direct Injected
Posted 10/18/2015 12:45 (#4845590 - in reply to #4845532)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


SW, Missouri
beanplanter - 10/18/2015 11:58

I'm poor, those cheap extension cord reels you see on clearance with the handle in the middle and knob for a crank get me by. It doesn't hurt so bad when your help runs over one with the tractor either.

I've used several of those
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Phil A.
Posted 10/18/2015 13:59 (#4845693 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: Gallagher


Western Ohio
We have Geared and non-Geared. For lack better explanation we like the black ones from Gallagher. They are not Geared and are extremely durable. We prefer to use 1/2" tape and seem to be able to get plenty on these reals. Biggest thing I look at is the lock. Some reals have a pin lock and those seem to strip very easily. I prefer something with a lever that flips down and clicks along on the ridges as you roll things up.

As for Geared Reels I have found it easiest simply to walk towards the resistance on our Geared reals. This allows both speed and gets you past the leverage concerns voiced in earlier responses.

Phil A.
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Ben
Posted 10/18/2015 14:43 (#4845749 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


North Mo.
http://www.taragate.com/temporary_fence_range.php
this is the best I have used and not sure but think I have used about all of them. The electric reel doesn't work to bad on short runs but you really need 2 good hands which I am short of. In the old days say 20 years ago there was a electric reel built quite a bit better than the ones these days.
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mohoff
Posted 10/18/2015 15:50 (#4845849 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


SC,Missouri
Sta fix jumbo reel with drill. Holds quarter mile + comfortably.



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landman
Posted 10/18/2015 16:05 (#4845866 - in reply to #4845849)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


is the drill set up your add on or can you get the reel parts from stafix
and did you remove handle to replace with drill set up?
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mohoff
Posted 10/18/2015 16:45 (#4845918 - in reply to #4845866)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


SC,Missouri
The axle u may call it already sticks out on that end so you just remove the plastic covering on it and stick the drill on there and tigten Chuck up and reel away much faster than by hand.
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frekingpolypay
Posted 10/18/2015 16:47 (#4845920 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


Southwest MN
my favorite reel I have had so far is the sppedrite geared reel. built well. tried the obriens and the obriens knockoffs from kencove if something went through the fence scared it would knock the teeth out of the gears. I have tried several and this is the only one I will buy from now on.

http://www.premier1supplies.com/detail.php?prod_id=52481&cat_id=49&...

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DDDMO41
Posted 10/18/2015 18:18 (#4846064 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


Dawn Mo 64638
Use a used welding wire reel with a piece of 3/8 all thread (strap with small hole x2) sticking out each end cordless reel on one end let it ride on your hand on the other
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68milkman
Posted 10/18/2015 19:47 (#4846258 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


Monett Missouri
Tried several but back to using Gallahger. They hold the big wire better and haven't had any issues with gears or wire guides as with others.
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MeadowlandsBeef
Posted 10/18/2015 20:07 (#4846313 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?



Northern Minnesota
http://www.premier1supplies.com/detail.php?prod_id=448&cat_id=49&sp...

I use these reels. Kencove used to sell them but now only from Premier. Simple. Pretty cheap. Not much to break or go wrong. And with reel around neck less fatiguing and can carry an arm full of posts.
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Jim
Posted 10/18/2015 23:36 (#4846820 - in reply to #4846258)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


Driftless SW Wisconsin

+1 The gallagher is simple. I don't use poly but it sure works nice filled 3/4 full with 16 or 18 gage aluminum wire.

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Jim
Posted 10/18/2015 23:39 (#4846823 - in reply to #4846313)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


Driftless SW Wisconsin

I like most products from Premier but I have tried the reel you suggest and found the latching locking mechanism maddening. Maybe they have changed it but I doubt it from the picture. The eccentric latch on the other side is difficult to use and the handle shown comes off.



Edited by Jim 10/18/2015 23:41
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NoTill1825
Posted 10/19/2015 06:25 (#4846929 - in reply to #4845456)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?


NC Indiana
I have Obrien and Gallagher 3:1 reels, I like the Gallagher better - feels sturdier and the hand guard. If this is something you move once a year - (fencing corn stalks, etc)- just buy the 1/2 mile bobbins from Kencove, get a threaded rod that fits the ID of the spacers that come with the bobbin, snug it up tight and build you a stand to hold it. You can drive this with a cordless drill (I use a 1/2" 19.2 Craftsman), I just have someone drive along side the fence and I run the drill and use my free arm to guide it evenly on the bobbin. I have both Gallagher turbo wire and the Stafix 9 wire from Kencove, they both have worked well.

This is my scrap pile bobbin set - up.



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MeadowlandsBeef
Posted 10/19/2015 19:15 (#4847735 - in reply to #4846823)
Subject: RE: What's everyone's favorite reel for poly wire?



Northern Minnesota

My EZE reals are over 6 years old.  Nothing broke yet. The lock can be a bit sticky so I give the mechanism a spray of aerosol roller chain lube each Spring and then they are fine.  I have at least six of them.  Also have a geared O'briens with 1/4 mile polywire.  Works OK, but have to lug it!

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