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    05-20-2010, 02:53 PM
Question Solar Fencers

I'm getting ready to replace some barb wire fencing with electric rope/tape. Soo.....

Does anyone have recommendations/experience with solar fencers? I'm thinking this might save me some money (not to mention hassel) in the long run.

Another question. Any recommendations/experience between rope or tape for the fencing material?

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    05-20-2010, 02:57 PM
Green Broke
We have a solar charger - it's been in use for almost two years now and is going strong. It's a Zareba (if I recall correctly) but I am not sure of the exact model #. We have opted to use HoresCote/HotCote wiring, so no input on the tape vs rope issue.
    05-20-2010, 07:40 PM
I just got my new fencing set up and finished today. I ordered one of these (it was about the cheapest solar charger that I could find that was still decent quality)
Fi-Shock 4-Volt Solar Shock Fencer -

And I hooked it up to this electric tape.
2 Inch Reinforced Mega Tape -

It looks really nice but I don't have any pictures yet. I had to get the reinforced tape due to the wind problems we have down here. It is very highly visible and makes a nice clean looking fence. And I can attest to the fact that it has already held up to Bessie and Pokey. Neither of them had any respect for any fencing until today.
    05-20-2010, 07:54 PM
We have a solar charger for our fences and have been very happy with it.
    05-20-2010, 07:56 PM
Green Broke
I'm very happy with my solar charger, so far no issues at all. I already had tensile wire fence up, and I just electrified a couple of lines of it. Had I been able to I would have gone with tape, however, I like the visibility.

One piece of advice my installers gave me, is always go with a much bigger charger than you think you will need - ie if you need a five mile, get a ten mile. Less of a problem in plug in chargers, but in the solar chargers, according to my fencers, they have only JUST enough juice to make the circuit based on the mileage - if you want a worthwhile zap go with a stronger charger.
    05-20-2010, 08:02 PM
^^ Yep, the area that I fenced is about 600 feet and I have a 5 mile charger. LOL Plenty of zap even at the end of my fence.
    05-21-2010, 12:43 PM
Great, thanks for all the replies. I think I'll definitely go with a solar one. Now I don't have to try and figure out how to string it 400 ft from the dog kennel to the pasture!

My dad really isn't a fan of the tape/rope because it sags, so it's taken a lot of work to get him to agree to let me do this. I was thinking rope to decrease the drag from the wind, but I like the visibility of tape. Neither of my horses are prone to fence testing, but I may be having a new horse in the next 6 mnths so I need something with some bite and presence.

I think I'll have to look into the pros/cons of the rope/tape. Thanks for all your help!
    05-21-2010, 12:49 PM
I have a 20 mile charger on 5 acres. I use the tape and it doesnt sag. And all my interior fence is one strand. And it holds all my horses just fine. One touch is all it took for my older gelding. My young one has to stick his nose to it a couple times a week to see if its working.
    05-21-2010, 08:19 PM
You shouldn't have to worry about sag that much if you put the posts just a little closer together. On mine, I used the wood posts from the previous fence that were about 12 to 15 feet apart and this is what mine looks like.

But then again, I'll know more about how it holds up in about 6 months LOL.
    05-21-2010, 09:45 PM
LOL, I'm sure you have wind like we do. My neighbor has tape fences and they sag really bad. My dad hates it, so he's always been averse to that. My mom hates electric because "if the electric goes out there isn't anything to keep the horses in."

But I've convinced them now. I just need to pay for it on my own. I was hoping to use the posts already in, but I think some of them are too far apart.

I'm going to start stockpiling the supplies until I have enough to get it up. I figure it'll happen sooner if I buy the fencer now and start buying rolls of tape until I have enough to fence at least one line. The rest will follow as I save up the money.

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