Scrimping on Crimp Sleeves

Over the last three years we have installed many miles of new electric fence, using hedge corner posts, class III galvanized high-tensile wire, EZ Daisy strainers, O-Brien corner insulators and our PasturePro posts. The only product I went the “cheap way” were some private-labeled crimping sleeves made in China that were a few bucks less (per 100) than the name brand. We used at least 200 of these sleeves and have had at least 20 fail so far. Prior to using the knockoffs (after using high-tensile fence for 25 years), I had never had acrimp fail. And it looks like it’s a matter of time for the rest of the knockoffs to fail since they are already showing signs of fatigue.

I build a fence with the intention of no or little maintenance for the next 20 years. Hedge corner posts will last 80-100 years, good hi-tensile wire at least 30, PasturePro posts at least 20 and we think substantially more, so why in the world did I scrimp on crimping sleeves? To save two bucks.

The most expensive part of building a fence is the labor involved in building it. The second biggest expense, if you use inferior products or inferior building techniques, is the upkeep of the fence after building it. Believe me I won’t be “saving” money on cheap knockoffs again.

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About Steve Freeman

Steve Freeman joined Forester Industries as a partner in 2005 after being one of the first customers to use the PasturePro post. He installed his first electric fence in the early 1980’s and implemented management intensive grazing in 1987. Presently, the operation is exclusively beef cattle, but in the past it has also included both goats and sheep. Steve is always happy to talk grazing practices, livestock raising and fence building.
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