Story: Farm fencing

Wire strainer

Wire strainer

This wire strainer was invented and manufactured by the Hayes company in Oturehua, Central Otago. Two clamps hold two wires, which are strained by alternately moving the jaws of the mechanism along the length of the chain. Once the barbed wire is strained to the desired tension, the two wires are looped together and tied, or the barbed wire is tied around the post, and the short wire removed.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, F. W. Weidner Collection (PAColl-3067)
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Robert Peden, 'Farm fencing - Wire fencing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008