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Mark in NEMO
Posted 11/19/2020 05:44 (#8613474 - in reply to #8608187)
Subject: RE: Field fence. How tight.


Northeast Missouri
An old neighbor of ours used a 36" auger for corner posts, and would use a corner & two brace posts (all big dia. hedge) concreted into those 36" holes. He would pull a woven wire fence for 3 days with two tractors (35 to 50 hp., in those days) chained inline with each other. In other words, he'd pull it today, then come back tomorrow and creep both tractors forward to add to the pull (to take up for the amount the wire had stretched overnight), then do that again for one or two more days.

Basically, he'd pull a fence until the tension bumps in the wires were flat. The problems with doing that are (1) the fence will have no "give" if it gets hit with something, and (2) if the fence was made in warm weather, when cold weather came & the wire shrunk it would be even tighter--which can move corner posts if they're not extremely well anchored.

He had super-tight fences...until something ran into them. I was plowing for him one day in the spring and ran into a fence with a front tractor tire. The fence broke like glass in the shape of the tire's profile, because there was no "give" to it.

Is that a "good" fence? Not in my book. You can overdo anything...
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