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Fence tester/fault finder

Discussion in 'Fencing, Housing, Manure Management' started by lilipansy, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Feb 10, 2018
    lilipansy

    lilipansy Exploring the pasture

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    Any recommendation on a good, reliable and somewhat affordable brand/model? I've shopped on line and it looks like there are mainly 3: Speedrite, Gallagher and Zareba. They are priced between $99 to $130 with free shipping from ebay and Amazon. We're using on the Premier 1 electric fences. Thanks in advance for any replies.
     
  2. Feb 10, 2018
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Herd Master

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    We have a brand new electric fence. I wasn't sure if it was working well because none of the critters seemed to avoid it much. (except Cowboy and that's another story). So, I sent DH to Home Depot and he got this:

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    It's a Zareba. It works ok I guess....but before we actually had a chance to use it a goat touched the fence with her ear, and the other dog stood up and bumped it with her head :(.....fence works just fine!
     
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  3. Feb 11, 2018
    secuono

    secuono Herd Master

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    Cheap ones work well when you know how to read them.
    My first was the 5 light tester. Less lights flashing equals less power. Then I got one that displayed the voltage, was under $50. Those never told me where the fault literally was, I had to put 2 n 2 together to work it out.
    But I now use sound alone. When there is a strong ground out, a length of the wire "pings" and the energizer reads zero. Medium ground outs also ping, but it is much more faint. Weak ground outs will zap/spark to the pulse of the energizer. Depending on where the ground out is, the loudness of the ping and how far the wire goes on before it stops pinging, tells me where it is, which direction.

    Best to make sure hot wires are an inch away from any other wire, as a strong energizer with very good grounding will easily cause it to jump/spark. It may even lower output some, too.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2018
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    greybeard Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    If you have very much electric fence at all, you definitely will want a fault finder and not just a simple tester.

    Speedrite, Stafix, and Gallagher are good, with Patriot being the bottom of the tier. (Speedrite and Stayfix are both made by Trutest group..so is Patriot, but Patriot is definitely the economy class. )
     
  5. Feb 11, 2018
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    I could use a fault finder...on my list. My tester is made by Fi-shock but it is pretty old so not sure they make that exact model any longer. It is digital.
     
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    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Greetings and welcome to BYH @lilipansy :frow So glad you joined us. I see you joined quite a while ago and missed welcoming you when you first posted. As you probably know, there's a wealth of info, knowledge and experience shared in the multitude of threads. Browse around and see what interesting stuff you can find. By all means post away when the desire strikes you, especially if you have questions (provide as much detail/info as possible and pictures truly help)... With all the great folks here, generally someone will respond in no time at all. Please make yourself at home!

    You know you have two testers already... one attached to each wrist ;) Just reach out and touch he wire and you should be able to get an idea of whether it is working and to what degree. Or you could try training the animals by moving them into contact and watch the results. (just kidding - wait long enough and they'll touch it on their own).

    Oh, if you haven't done so already, PLEASE put at least your general location in your profile. It could be very important if/when you ask for or offer help or advice. You know, climate issues and such. Old folks like me :old will never remember otherwise. I went and read your first post so know you're in HI someplace. To add it, mouse hover over Account top right and a drop down will appear. Click on Personal Details and scan down. You'll see the spot for Location. Then go to the bottom and save changes. Thanks! Hope you (continue to) enjoy the site!
     
  7. Feb 11, 2018
    lilipansy

    lilipansy Exploring the pasture

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    I ended up buying the Gallagher 50905 ($99.99 plus free shipping to Hawaii -- unheard of!) It got good reviews on line and it also works on polywire which is what we are running right now. I'll come back and post a review of the product once I get it in case someone else is in need of one. Thanks everyone for your replies. You guys are awesome!
     
  8. Apr 8, 2018
    mystang89

    mystang89 Loving the herd life

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    I like the one you bought. It's a bit expensive for myself ATM but definitely gives me a good idea of what to look for!
     
  9. Apr 12, 2018
    lilipansy

    lilipansy Exploring the pasture

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    We like it and it seems to work well. The best thing about it is that it tells you the direction of the short so you can easily locate it. I was told by some local farmers that the lesser cost ones do not last. Definitely worth the investment if you have a lot of electric fencing.