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  1. tepapa

    fixed knot versus squre knot

    I would rather use hinge knot over torus. Torus is easy and quick to strip the verticals and pulls up well but the square knot is not as strong IMO. It moves out of place too easily if pushed down, i can't see the fence lasting/looking as good long term. We don't use much titan fixed knot in the UK, purely down to cost, farmer knowledge and availability although I do think it is the best knot available. It is a strong knot and combines the one piece vertical found in torus. Just need Tornado wire to make a T8/90/30 at a reasonable price
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    Fencing Qualifications

    Hi joe. What is covered by your training program?
  3. Never heard that chicken/rabbit nett is leathal. Plenty of rabbit nett is used to keep rabbits out of planted woodlands and hedges. The electric will keep the horses off the fence along as you keep power in the wire. If you just wanted to add proper netting to the existing fence I would put up tornado HT/8/80/8. The 8 cm spacing which would be safe for horses and sheep and stop them eating the hedge. Being only 80 cm would fit on the 90 cm gap
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    gripples

    Now you see why we think their useless. Tie a knot or crimp is the only way.
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    Gas powered pounder

    Maybe that's where I been going wrong. . Have hardly ever used them, and refuse to now so won't get a chance to figure it out.
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    Gas powered pounder

    cant agree with that, wait till they start failing and fences start falling down. Quick on the day you use them but consistently poor.
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    Gas powered pounder

    As far as buying a new knocker. Track machines are light years ahead in terms of efficiency. It is hard starting off when you don't have an established customer base, you think buying a tractor is versatile and can go do other jobs. I started with a tractor knocker and after 3 years upgraded to a track machine and the difference was amazing. I learnt I had worked harder putting up less m/day with the tractor whilst not using it for any other type of work whilst i was quiet. What i would say is that you only need to worry about keeping to the finance payments every month, not the total cost of the machine. If it doesn't work out you will have a unique fencing machine to sell with no other competition and plenty of other fencers that are interested but want to see one working or don't want the hassle to import themselves. The market is hardly saturated with second hand tracked knockers. As long as you have the skills to build a quality fence you should get plenty of work.
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    Gas powered pounder

    A prototype, you would have seen a proper one but he sent it to Australia
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    Gas powered pounder

    Tornado's fencing comp at the NSA is on Wednesday 18th July, at the Three counties showground, Malvern, Worcestershire. All of the UK manufacturers will be there and most of the top UK fencers that run the machines day in day out if you wanted to speak to the guys that use them.
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    Gas powered pounder

    Solonet is working well, it incorporates some pallet folks so you can drop the netter off and carry posts around. It now also incorporates a brace to stop it twisting/bending . Simon has designed a DIN plate so you can mount the solonet onto other track machines. It wont have all the movement of the Solotrak version as it isn't mounted to the blade, but will still, load, unroll, clamp and tension. Don't think hes mounted one to an evo 1 yet but you would probably be better mounting one on the skid steer.
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    Gas powered pounder

    What machine are you getting @West Fork Fence? Protech evo 2.
  12. tepapa

    Vicebite stay brackets

    I used to use them. They are quick and don't break the treatment seal as you say. Only stopped as i got better at mortising and it was a cost I couldn't easily pass on to the customer as the competition were just notching with a chainsaw, so no added cost. Easy to use, just cut angle on stay and hammer on, only downside is there isn't much hold against rotation but easily reduced if off setting wire and footing strainer. The importer sold out but Moncaster products (i think) have taken it on had a shipment in. Their good to use on a temporary fences, no damage to strainer and easy to remove.
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    Air hose for staple gun

    Think hose is about 30m. Which will do 60m if compressor is in the center. You don't need heavy duty, cheap light hoses are easier to use and if their cheap you can replace if leaking.
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    gripples

    Seen plenty of grippled fences unzipped, they don't take well to collision. At least you can guarantee crimps will hold.
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    gripples

    I wouldn't touch gripples, I know their easy and quick the day you use them but they fail far too easy and that's if they haven't pushed their guts out when you put them on. Much rather use the strainrite crimps to join, 100% strength of the wire.
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