5 wire barb wire cross fence

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5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by hurleyjd » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:54 am

Planning to cross fence a pasture. 950 feet all open and straight. Labor quote of $3.50 a foot. With me furnishing welded up corners. Is this a good price to high or to low.



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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by Texas Gal » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:12 am

That's high compared to the guy that does ours. He charges $1.95/foot AND he's supplying the materials. Another couple of guys in the area charge $2- $2.15/foot. These are current prices as of the last month/6 weeks. With these prices in our area, we haven't built our own fences in years.

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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by Silver » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:45 am

Probably not a bad price for such a short run of fence. The mobe in and out costs affect the cost per foot a lot more on a small job as compared to a bigger job.

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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by callmefence » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:44 am

Your fixing to get hooked
I would be at 2.85. material and labor.on a straight run
You need to find a different contractor. If he doesn't want to do the braces he's not a professional.
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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by True Grit Farms » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:42 am

Fenceman is dead on, 1/3rd for materials, 1/3rd labor - maintenance, 1/3rd for the house.
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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by greybeard » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:49 pm

hurleyjd wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:54 am
Planning to cross fence a pasture. 950 feet all open and straight. Labor quote of $3.50 a foot. With me furnishing welded up corners. Is this a good price to high or to low.
That's $3325. You said "labor quote"...does that footage cost include the wire and line posts? I sure hope so...
That sounds like $3.50/ft for just 4 rolls of barbed wire ($69.99 per roll at McCoys=$280) and about 95 tee posts (8' are $6.60 ea = $627) for total of roughly $907 of materials + installation..assuming he would be using tees for line posts.
Sounds pretty high to me but a man's labor and associated cost is no longer cheap as it once was.
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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by gcreekrch » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:31 pm

Regardless of cost, I would be more inclined to skip the middle barbed strand and put a high tensile strand on insulators. We are doing this with all our rebuilds now and fence repair is minimal.
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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by snoopdog » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:24 pm

gcreekrch wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:31 pm
Regardless of cost, I would be more inclined to skip the middle barbed strand and put a high tensile strand on insulators. We are doing this with all our rebuilds now and fence repair is minimal.
That is exactly what we are going to do on all new projects.
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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by JMJ Farms » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:42 pm

If I could get $3.50/ft labor installing 5 strand barbwire, I’d change careers and become Fenceman2! Around here I can get it done, labor and materials (wooden corners) for $1.85
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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by Lucky » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:31 pm

I think I’m with 75-100 miles of you Hurly and the prices I get are $1.25 if you provide materials and $2.25-2.50 if they buy the materials. Most around here seem like they would rather you provide everything. Corners are the most important part of a fence so I’d ax that contractor.

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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by greggy » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:20 pm

gcreekrch wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:31 pm
Regardless of cost, I would be more inclined to skip the middle barbed strand and put a high tensile strand on insulators. We are doing this with all our rebuilds now and fence repair is minimal.
You mean your running the middle wire as a hot electrified wire ?

is this for cattle, or sheep ? I ask as I have netting on external, have an offset for sheep, but the cows also respect the fences, but was thinking of using hinge joint fence for internal, or maybe net, barbs at lower end would concern me for any animal that is pressured or scared.

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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by greybeard » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:33 pm

barbs at lower end would concern me for any animal that is pressured or scared.
I wonder...how many 10s of thousands (millions?) of miles of 5 (or more) strand barbed wire is strung across just my state, holding cattle, horses and sheep in?
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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by cowboy43 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:45 pm

EQUIP will only pay for 4 wires on a cross fence, they figure that is adequate, more wires is on the landowner.

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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by gcreekrch » Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:47 pm

greggy wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:20 pm
gcreekrch wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:31 pm
Regardless of cost, I would be more inclined to skip the middle barbed strand and put a high tensile strand on insulators. We are doing this with all our rebuilds now and fence repair is minimal.
You mean your running the middle wire as a hot electrified wire ?

is this for cattle, or sheep ? I ask as I have netting on external, have an offset for sheep, but the cows also respect the fences, but was thinking of using hinge joint fence for internal, or maybe net, barbs at lower end would concern me for any animal that is pressured or scared.
Yes, middle wire is hot, right at nose height. :D

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Re: 5 wire barb wire cross fence

Post by greggy » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:05 am

Oh, ok, I have seen cattle run through electric and barb with hinge joint at bottom, did not seem to bother them, would not want my sheep doing that, not as think skinned :)

But now another question, how high is the fence then if the middle hot wire is nose height ?"

Down here people often put an offset off top barb which is at about 1,1 - 1,2m, this stops them putting head over to eat next door, which ends up damaging the fence, mine are quiet and do not go near any fence and only have hot wire at about knee height to stop sheep and goats etc leaning on fences.

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