This week’s (and my first) blog post is about the product review video I am premiering this week on the channel.
Fencestay is an Australian-made product that allows you to use the venerable star-picket as fence ends. I hope you like the review.
So I am a bit like most of you out there I suppose and guilty of shortcuts in my fencing from time to time. Star pickets (T-Posts to Americans) are great, but were never made to build end assemblies out of! Yet many of us have tried, with varying dodgy wire knots and bits of wood to turn them into braces and all sorts of crazy rigs to put up a quick fence.
I have to admit, this made me really skeptical about the idea of a kit that could turn these rusty steel shortcuts into a proper fence. I mean, if you don’t use 6 inch wooden posts driven or dug into rock hard ground for at least a couple of feet then you aren’t putting up a real fence are you? Well, this week I gave this new kit a go. Even tied it to the car to test the strength (I must admit, pulling on it in low range probably would have ripped it out of the ground in the long run)…..
The results were really impressive. The product worked, it’s competitively priced and well made. So I reckon it’s got a real future in many applications where you just wouldn’t want to practically use a wooden post. More importantly I got to meet the producer, when he dropped off the sample to me. Steve, the owner of the company is a genuine, polite and clever guy who has spent a couple of years bringing this product to market.
I just love this job. I get to spend time with great, talented and brave people from all walks of life. The farmers I interview that open up so readily about the mistakes they have made and the great innovations they have pioneered. The inventors who let this blowhard throw their equipment under the wheels of a tractor or pull on it with a car to see if it’ll break. Agriculture is an industry like no other. There is no posing, pretending and image polishing when you have to go out in the rain and get the job done. There is also the real need to innovate, take risks most would never contemplate in a lifetime and put in hard work the likes of which most will never know.
So I guess my first blog ends with a thank you to you all. Thanks for allowing me to show the world what you do with so much passion. Thanks for putting a product of years of work and development into the hands of someone who is going to throw it around and review it “warts and all”. Thanks to you for turning up each week, supporting the channel with your views and providing great feedback. It’s because of you all that I love what I do.
Hope you all like the new website. Until next time, don’t get caught on the fence!
SAW YOUR REVIEW ON YOU TUBE BY CHANCE on Saturday.
Interesting product – similar to what I have been developing to do on the farm instead of welding like my neighbour did. Variations on this are already out there. My issue is with kangaroos and wombats on the fence.
Like many of your you tube videos.
Care to show the FenceStay for steep terrain?
The angle stay is set in the opposite direction to the correct angle used on other box assemblies, that is the angle stay in other box assemblies runs from the bottom of the strainer post to the top of the secondary strainer. Indeed, if you used the fence stay angle in your video on any other box assembly the forces would be working against the primary post.
Can you explain why this is so?
It is soilid steel, not wire, therefore stronger under compression than tension. You can run it the other way if you like, just loose some strength advantage.