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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby Bigfoot » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:42 am

I've been putting off saying this for a while--------I have no idea what yaw are talking about, when yaw describe how you stretch wire.

1. My goldenrod wouldn't even begin to stretch wire tight enough to be considered adaquet.

2. Will pulling from the middle, with nothing but a gripple sufficiently tighten barbed wire?

3. If I can get my tractor where it needs to be, I tighten wire with it. To the point of almost breaking, and occasionally does. Is this why my fences give me fits? Are they too tight?
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby pricefarm » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:02 am

Isn't that the way Fence says to stretch barb wire? Pull it till it breaks splice it then pull it again ??
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:16 am

Bigfoot wrote:I've been putting off saying this for a while--------I have no idea what yaw are talking about, when yaw describe how you stretch wire.

1. My goldenrod wouldn't even begin to stretch wire tight enough to be considered adaquet.

2. Will pulling from the middle, with nothing but a gripple sufficiently tighten barbed wire?

3. If I can get my tractor where it needs to be, I tighten wire with it. To the point of almost breaking, and occasionally does. Is this why my fences give me fits? Are they too tight?


Bigfoot, I stretch barb wire with a come along. Then use the Goldenrod to hold, tie off and staple. Only time I use it to stretch is on very short runs or minor repairs.

On the gut stretching. I think that is only with woven or repairs of broken barb wire. I have not been advised by Luke or Fence to stretch barb wire from the middle.
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:26 am

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One final thought, it almost seems as if gripples take the skill out of fence building. I may just be weird, but I enjoying tying off wires by hand and making a good-clean looking wrap. If I want to confuse the new guy on the crew I just start snapping off wires when I'm tying off high-tensile :lol:


They can't if you don't have fencing skill to Start with. Like me. Lol

It helps me a lot. I like the brace kit. None of my braces before the torque tool would hold tension with brace wire because I didn't do enough of them to obtain the necessary skill. I can do that with the gripple torque tool. I guess it may be cheating but for the land owner who builds and maintains just his own fence, it is literally, another tool in the box.


I thought you got the Contractor Tool.....not the Torq Tool?????
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:31 am

Bigfoot wrote:I've been putting off saying this for a while--------I have no idea what yaw are talking about, when yaw describe how you stretch wire.

1. My goldenrod wouldn't even begin to stretch wire tight enough to be considered adaquet.

2. Will pulling from the middle, with nothing but a gripple sufficiently tighten barbed wire?

3. If I can get my tractor where it needs to be, I tighten wire with it. To the point of almost breaking, and occasionally does. Is this why my fences give me fits? Are they too tight?



2: Yes, you can get wire plenty tight with a Gripple and Contractor Tool.

3: This makes cringe just a little. :lol:

You would be pleasantly surprised at the quality difference in our wire. We even have the light gauge that your dad is after for his Christmas gift.
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby callmefence » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:32 am

Bigfoot wrote:I've been putting off saying this for a while--------I have no idea what yaw are talking about, when yaw describe how you stretch wire.

1. My goldenrod wouldn't even begin to stretch wire tight enough to be considered adaquet.

2. Will pulling from the middle, with nothing but a gripple sufficiently tighten barbed wire?

3. If I can get my tractor where it needs to be, I tighten wire with it. To the point of almost breaking, and occasionally does. Is this why my fences give me fits? Are they too tight?


We don't use the goldenrod to stretch except on very short stretches. Use a come along and wire dog. Use the goldenrod to take up slack between the dog and the post. Or to hold the wire if you pull past the post. And yes you should be pulling to near breaking point. It's the only way to get all the stretch out. If you don't get all the stretch out it will get loose.
What kinda fits are you having?????
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:33 am

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
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One final thought, it almost seems as if gripples take the skill out of fence building. I may just be weird, but I enjoying tying off wires by hand and making a good-clean looking wrap. If I want to confuse the new guy on the crew I just start snapping off wires when I'm tying off high-tensile :lol:


They can't if you don't have fencing skill to Start with. Like me. Lol

It helps me a lot. I like the brace kit. None of my braces before the torque tool would hold tension with brace wire because I didn't do enough of them to obtain the necessary skill. I can do that with the gripple torque tool. I guess it may be cheating but for the land owner who builds and maintains just his own fence, it is literally, another tool in the box.


I thought you got the Contractor Tool.....not the Torq Tool?????


Sorry. You are correct.
Luke, I picked up that term in one of the videos.
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby callmefence » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:38 am

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:I've been putting off saying this for a while--------I have no idea what yaw are talking about, when yaw describe how you stretch wire.

1. My goldenrod wouldn't even begin to stretch wire tight enough to be considered adaquet.

2. Will pulling from the middle, with nothing but a gripple sufficiently tighten barbed wire?

3. If I can get my tractor where it needs to be, I tighten wire with it. To the point of almost breaking, and occasionally does. Is this why my fences give me fits? Are they too tight?



2: Yes, you can get wire plenty tight with a Gripple and Contractor Tool.

3: This makes cringe just a little. :lol:

You would be pleasantly surprised at the quality difference in our wire. We even have the light gauge that your dad is after for his Christmas gift.


On a half mile pull... your using something before the gripple and contractor tool????

You'd be strippin barbs till kingdom come.
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:44 am

fence_it wrote:As a fence builder, gripples really interested me for awhile. But not sure I see the advantage anymore. The cost seems to be a lot more substantial than crimp sleeves. I know they allow for tensioning, but we use Hayes chain grabs or permanent wire strainers for tensioning braces/smooth wire and stretcher bars for woven wire. Definitely a learning curve with these, but once you get some experience with these tools a guy can use them quite quickly and still do a good job, just takes some practice.

Right now we are using either Hayes or Kiwi sleeves(Very high quality-not the farm store junk) with nicopress crimpers from Kencove. They work very well and make a good strong join. It does take some skill to use them quickly and correctly. But compared to the gripples, 100 of them can be bought for about $15. Not sure what a 100 gripples would cost but I'm sure it would be much more.

One final thought, it almost seems as if gripples take the skill out of fence building. I may just be weird, but I enjoying tying off wires by hand and making a good-clean looking wrap. If I want to confuse the new guy on the crew I just start snapping off wires when I'm tying off high-tensile :lol:

Not trying to start an argument or anything, just my :2cents: on the topic. I know some fence contractors around here who use gripples and they all put up good strong fences.


I like being skilled at what I do, but there is also a business side to what we do. Gripples are a business decision. I think that knot tying skills are invaluable to a professional fencer. Termination knot, Tex Brown, figure 8, reef knot...... I use em all, but I'm sure not scared to use a Gripple, especially when it makes a better fence.

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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:47 am

Luke,

When would it be advisable to go to the middle of a strand of tornado barb wire (the only brand I would use), and stretch with a gripple?

I can see doing that with woven but seems like when you are using single strand wire, it is far easier to stretch at the end you are attaching.
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:53 am

https://www.farmfencesolutions.com/prod ... -strainer/

This is how we take the bulk of our slack out of a long run before we go to the Gripple. Ron, I use a Gripple 100% of the time in barb wire. In rough terrain, I'm liable to put a half dozen in a long stretch, just to make life easier.
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:00 am

Bright Raven wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:I've been putting off saying this for a while--------I have no idea what yaw are talking about, when yaw describe how you stretch wire.

1. My goldenrod wouldn't even begin to stretch wire tight enough to be considered adaquet.

2. Will pulling from the middle, with nothing but a gripple sufficiently tighten barbed wire?

3. If I can get my tractor where it needs to be, I tighten wire with it. To the point of almost breaking, and occasionally does. Is this why my fences give me fits? Are they too tight?


Bigfoot, I stretch barb wire with a come along. Then use the Goldenrod to hold, tie off and staple. Only time I use it to stretch is on very short runs or minor repairs.

On the gut stretching. I think that is only with woven or repairs of broken barb wire. I have not been advised by Luke or Fence to stretch barb wire from the middle.


I am now advising you to gut strain your barbed wire. :D
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby callmefence » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:07 am

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:I've been putting off saying this for a while--------I have no idea what yaw are talking about, when yaw describe how you stretch wire.

1. My goldenrod wouldn't even begin to stretch wire tight enough to be considered adaquet.

2. Will pulling from the middle, with nothing but a gripple sufficiently tighten barbed wire?

3. If I can get my tractor where it needs to be, I tighten wire with it. To the point of almost breaking, and occasionally does. Is this why my fences give me fits? Are they too tight?


Bigfoot, I stretch barb wire with a come along. Then use the Goldenrod to hold, tie off and staple. Only time I use it to stretch is on very short runs or minor repairs.

On the gut stretching. I think that is only with woven or repairs of broken barb wire. I have not been advised by Luke or Fence to stretch barb wire from the middle.


I am now advising you to gut strain your barbed wire. :D


I guess if your doctor prescribed lots of extra walking around that's the way to do it.... :D
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby callmefence » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:21 am

Quite honestly. I'm having a hard time seeing the advantage in a mile roll of wire. To go back and cut it several times and put gripples in.
Don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan of both.. just saying.
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Re: Gripple contractor tool

Postby J&D Cattle » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:33 am

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:https://www.farmfencesolutions.com/product/strainrite-502-wire-strainer/

This is how we take the bulk of our slack out of a long run before we go to the Gripple. Ron, I use a Gripple 100% of the time in barb wire. In rough terrain, I'm liable to put a half dozen in a long stretch, just to make life easier.


I can get on board with what you are doing but that is mind boggling to most who were raised and taught to never splice if you didn't have to. I'm getting ready to put up 10,000 or so feet of HT cross fencing and am planning on using gripples as my tension devices. My buddy who bought the tool kit from you likes the heck out of it. I'll be ordering one soon.
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