High Tensile Fences

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High tensile fences have become the most popular agricultural fence here in Ohio. Even though it is one of the more economical fences to install, it provides tremendous strength and durability and will give a lifetime of service. Cornerstone Fencing is a locally owned fence contractor that has many years of experience in installations of this type of fence.

Because of the heavy posts driven into the ground to support the wire, this is not intended as a temporary fencing solution. It would be a daunting task for an animal to push their way through a high tensile fence by spreading the wires, so it works very effectively as a physiological barrier. But they can get through if they are determined enough. So adding two strands of electric wire provides an extremely secure fence. The electric wire also prevents cattle from constantly pushing against the wires and wearing them down.

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Benefits of High Tensile Fence

High tensile fence, as the widest used type fencing for breeding deer, sheep, cattle and other animals, is made of high carbon steel with a carbon content of 0.28%. Generally, the higher carbon contents often represent higher wire strength and lower elongation. So when comparing with low carbon field fence in same tensile, this one comes with smaller diameter, lighter weight and following other features.

  • Stronger & lasts longer
    The higher carbon contents, the higher strength the fence wire will own. According the relative test, the high tensile fences are approximately twice the strength as low carbon field fence – that means they are stronger with a longer lifespan.
  • Need fewer post
    High tensile fence features higher breaking strength to be installed with bigger post spacing up to 15 feet, while the post spacing of low carbon wire fence is about 8 to 10 feet. So there are fewer fence posts are needed.
  • Low maintenance
    Once installed properly, only low even free maintenance is needed – that is because high tensile fences are not easy to sag and always retains tight over years, therefore there is no need of additional re-stretching.
  • Cost effective
    Fewer posts and smaller diameters offer a big saving of cost and result in a competitive price. Additional, the high tensile fences are considered to be more safer to livestock, looks neater and easier to handle and install.

Post Size and Post Spacing

Choosing the right post size is important. After more than 20 years of testing, we have found that posts five to six inches in diameter deliver by far the most value. It is optimal for strength and is also the most attractive from a design standpoint.

Cornerstone Fencing in Knox county, Ohio does not install any posts less than five inches and most of our posts are six inches or larger.

Post Size and Post Spacing

The high tensile wire itself is engineered with tremendous strength. The innovation of this wire is that it has an unbelievable amount of elasticity when compared to the barbed wire fences.

So if an animal runs into the fence, high tensile wire can stretch, safely slowing the animal down without damaging the fence. The strength and elasticity depends on the grade of the high tensile wire.

Cornerstone Fencing uses the highest grade of high tensile wire on all our fences as a standard.

High tensile fence can have a single wire or can be equipped with up to a dozen or more wires depending on needs. The post spacing is adjusted accordingly as well. Less space between posts increases the strength of the fence; more space gives it greater flexibility. This ability to customize to fit a range of needs is one reason this type of fence is so popular.

Most Popular High Tensile Fence Design

The most popular high tensile fence used for fencing in cattle is a simple five wire fence with posts spaced every 24 feet and having two wires electrified. It is popular with ranchers and farmers simply because it works well and is economical.

The wire puts a lot of strain on the posts so it is important to brace the ends or corners by placing two fence posts in the ground eight feet apart and four feet into the ground. A horizontal pole is then run between these two posts, reinforced by a diagonal wire that holds the brace system together. This forms a very strong corner that will not heave or be pulled by the constant strain of the wire against the posts.

High Tensile Fence Uses

Although most commonly used for cattle, high tensile fence is also used for sheep, horses, bison, and other exotic animals. When it comes to horses, it does have a high risk of injury.

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Cornerstone Fencing services: Knox county, all of Mt. Vernon, Licking county including Newark, Pataskala, Johnstown, Muskingum county, all of Zanesville, Coshocton county, Morrow county including all of Mt. Gilead, Delaware county, and Tuscarawas county including all of New Philadelphia.

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