Advantages of MAX-TEN 200

With adequate fence posts and brace as assemblies, the principal cause of failure of any wire fence is exceeding the elastic limit of the wire. As its name implies, 12-1/2-gage MAX-TEN 200 HIGH-TENSILE FENCE WIRE has a minimum ultimate tensile strength of 200,000 psi and nearly twice the breaking strength of two-ply barbed wire. It is capable of being pulled up tighter along an entire fence line, resulting in a stronger, straighter, more effective barrier with no loose or sagging wires to serve as starting points for stretching and breaking and ultimate penetration by livestock or predators.

It is well known that horses and cattle tend to weigh down and climb over wire fences, while sheep, calves and other small animals tend to spread the wires and climb through the fence. To thwart these tendencies, it is necessary to string several strands of barbed wire or - in the case of low-tensile woven wire - to add many closely spaced vertical wires to maintain horizontal wire spacing. It is also necessary to install one or more strands of barbed wire at the top of woven wire fences to prevent animals from weighing down and permanently distorting or breaking the wires. Although barbed wire is less expensive than woven wire, it is also less effective in containing sheep when they become heavily covered with wool, and it can cause depreciating damage to the hides of cattle and serious injury to horses.

The second most common cause of failure in fence wire is atmospheric corrosion. The American Society for Testing and Materials has studied how galvanizing delays the rusting of steel wire under a wide range of climatic conditions. Most kinds of barbed wire and woven wire have only a Type I zinc coating, but MAX-TEN 200 HIGH-TENSILE FENCE WIRE

has Type III galvanizing, which means it has over 250 percent heavier coating of zinc than most brands of barbed wire and woven wire. This heavier coating can extend the life of MAX-TEN 200 HIGH-TENSILE FENCE WIRE up to 35 years in humid regions and to more than 50 years in relatively dry climates.

Experience shows that for enclosing livestock or excluding wild animals, most important than the overall height of the fence is the horizontal spacing of the individual wires. With high-tensile wire, it is possible to modify the spacing of the horizontal wires in a variety of ways to suit the particular fencing need. MAX-TEN 200 HIGH-TENSILE FENCE WIRE also lends itself beautifully to electric fences, and various designs have been erected and tested which contain cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and hogs or turn away deer, dogs, coyotes and raccoons - even bears. Using high-tensile wire for electric fences permits the use of small fence posts and extending the spacing between conventional line posts to as much as 150 feet on level terrain, by installing pressure-treated hardwood battens or “droppers” between the posts. Also, individual wires can be selectively charged or grounded, depending upon the kinds of livestock to be contained or predators excluded. The design and construction of various kinds of electric fences with high-tensile wire are covered later in this booklet.