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    Default Fence Building - Barb Wire Racks

    In need to fabricate a rack for unrolling barbwire for fence building, but canít seem to find any pictures to get ideas from.

    Iíd like to be able to do a seven wire fence in one pass. Iím thinking a 3pt mount to use with the tractor. If I had a flatbed pickup, Iíd make the rack to fit it and secure it through the stake pockets. Someone told me theyíve seen them made with plow disks with a fixed spindle.

    If anyone has pictures or ideas for one, let me know. Iíve seen plenty of the single rollers made for hitch receivers, ATVs, etc, but Iím looking to build a frame that would do several rolls at once.

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    Default Re: Fence Building - Barb Wire Racks

    Here is a link to a TSC fence puller on 3pt.
    Not sure if this model is barb wire compatible though.

    Tractor Supply Company - 3-PT. WIRE UNROLLER & STRETCHER

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    Default Re: Fence Building - Barb Wire Racks

    I've tried to roll out more than one strand at the time. I always wound up with a tangled mess that made me forget my Mama's teachings about not using strong language. I just roll 'em out one at the time now.

    Mark

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    Default Re: Fence Building - Barb Wire Racks

    this happens to be a powered one so that you can tention it and or roll it back up....



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    Default Re: Fence Building - Barb Wire Racks

    I'm with redlevel on this one. Do one it a time, pull one direction, pull it tight, attach to corner/brace post, attach next wire and pull the opposite direction, and repeat. Helps to have second person to either pound staples to the wood posts or attach clips to steel posts after the wire is pulled tight. I did build my Dad a single roll wire unroller years ago. It uses 2 old,steel horse buggy wheels, two disc blades, axle shaft about 1" diameter w/holes drilled at each end for some snap clips(same as 3 pt hitch pins). The handle is like a 6 foot U-bolt shape. It was built for walking behind(downhill) or pulling it when on level ground. When Dad builds fence by himself, he starts on top of the hill and pushes it down while unrolling, then for next strand, he puts the 6 foot U- bolt handle over the ball hitch of the pickup and just tows it up the hill(not unrolling), then starts at the top again(easier to unroll downhill). Back in October, after harvest, he and I put up some 5-wire barbed wire fence together and on the level ground I pulled it each direction. The disc blades are on the sides of the roll of barded wire. Before this was build, we tried a bar thru the 3 pt hitch lower arms(not too good) or my older brother and I would just use 1" bar thru the wire roll and walk together trying to kept the roll centered so it won't catch our gloves/hands. Honestly, I can't imagine trying to keep 7 wires from not getting into each other OR you know how the new wire doesn't want to release from the roll itself sometimes and you have to stop and get it unstuck before you proceed.(just think of the headaches with 7 new rolls all at the same time!) I don't know if I helped, but I just thought I would share a little.

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    I see you have a 5420 with a loader. I have an idea that might work for the front end loader. I like the loader idea better than three point hitch because you can see the wire rolls in front of you without constantly turning around. This will be important when one roll gets hung up. One idea is to put long bar(16'-20' in the bucket. Parallel with front axle. Attach bar to bucket firmly, then slide on wire rolls onto that bar that extends outside bucket and tire tracks. You might be able to put two rolls on each side and drive slowly forward while watching for hangups. Maybe use old disc blades plus visegrips on the bar to hold each roll where you want it. Second idea is going to take some fabrication. Still use the loader(you can lower the loader to lift on the heavy rolls of wire), but this idea requires you to backup during the unrolling process. Think of a dinner fork ,hold it vertical, and how the tines of that fork (if spaced out about three feet apart) could each hold a roll of barbed wire. You could build this TINE attachment to fit the loader bucket when the bucket is in the curled back position.(curled back=would make the tines point straight up vertically) You would then hold bucket up 3-4 feet off the ground while you backed down the side of the fence line and you could easily watch the rolls unwinding. Maybe put a disc blade under each roll. I hope you understand my vision, then again you may think my imagination has gone wild.

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    Default Re: Fence Building - Barb Wire Racks

    Here is what I have been using for horse mesh. It is a copy of wrought'n harv's from here on TBN. It works better than a pocket on a shirt. Same design should work with something to space the rolls out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF1455v
    It works better than a pocket on a shirt.
    Seems I've heard Harv say that same thing.

    I've seen pictures of his v-mesh unroller and his stretcher to go along with it. I think we need Harv to design a barbwire spooler so we can copy it too.

    Now that I've thought about it a bit, I'm leaning towards a rack that I can fit in the back of my Polaris Ranger. It would be made to be lifted with pallet forks. That way, I could use it in the back of the Ranger, a pickup truck bed, flat bed, trailer or on the 5420 FEL with the pallet forks. When not in use, I could use the tractor to store it high upon the pallet racking I installed in my shop for storage. Perhaps I could incorporate Harvy's mesh roller into the design. The wheels are still grinding away in my head...
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    Default Re: Fence Building - Barb Wire Racks

    Quote Originally Posted by MF1455v
    Here is what I have been using for horse mesh. It is a copy of wrought'n harv's from here on TBN. It works better than a pocket on a shirt. Same design should work with something to space the rolls out.

    James
    I like that! It looks like a rotating link at the top fastened to a rod or pipe running through the fence roll and welded or fastened to a round plate at the bottom. Is that right? How do you keep it from pulling back away from the direction of travel, or is that not a problem?

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    Default Re: Fence Building - Barb Wire Racks

    It does lean a little on the last 10 of 15 feet of the roll. By then the roll is light enough to handle. The reason I think it works is due to the pipe being about 1/4 inch thick and the bottom plate is also 1/4 inch thick. I have the weight working on my side.

    If I remember right, Harvey's design has the center pipe passing thru the top bar keeping it from leaning in the direction of the pull.

    I built mine using stuff I had around the house. I just wanted to get thru the last 5 200ft rolls on my place. It has now been used on about 30 rolls and still is working great. As soon as it fails I will build one to match Harvey's.

    Thanks again Harvey.

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