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which fence charger?    Posted 12-04-2004 at 06:28:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
got a preference? ours finally went kaput. anybody using kencoves big one?

we are charging 6500' of 4 strand h.t.. mud


jfky    Posted 12-04-2004 at 15:38:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
stay away from all TSC chargers


RichZ    Posted 12-04-2004 at 19:20:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Interesting you say that about TSC chargers. All of my chargers, but one (a real old one that I found in my barn that works just fine) are TSC chargers. I have solar ones and plug in ones, and I've never had any problems with them. They're made by one of the biggest names in chargers (forget the name though). I've been real happy with mine.

What goes wrong with TSC chargers? What should I be looking out for?

As someone else said on this thread, in my experience, the most common problems with chargers are bad grounds. I use only galvinized or copper ground rods (sometimes copper pipes, if they are strong enough), and I try to get them at at least 6 feet deep. A few of mine are only about 4 feet because of rocks, so I double those up.


Bkeepr    Posted 12-04-2004 at 07:34:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got two of Parmak's biggest plug-in models, I think it is model 6.

Had first one get struck by lightning after about a month...I called Parmak, they said lightning strike damage was covered under warranty and fixed it free (well, cost of postage there). They'll also sell you parts to fix it yourself when lightning hits 'em after the warranty is out.

Mine keeps my goats and the really dumb sheep in, so it should have adequate power for near anything.

Tom A


Is it ....    Posted 12-04-2004 at 09:06:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
possible, that running a charger on an extension cord, even an industrial one, can cause them to not function properly?

Just curious.

Cindi


Bkeepr    Posted 12-04-2004 at 11:35:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Possible, although I run both of mine on extension cords. One is on a 100' the other shorter, and both run fine. You do lose power over a long run of cord, though, so I guess it would be possible to have problems from it.

Most problems with fencers are because of faulty grounding. I use 2 copper ground rods driven in about 4' each (I'd like to get them deeper but my soil is really rocky). During the summer, if we don't get regular rain, when I empty water buckets each day I pour one around each of the ground rods to keep the soil dampish. Also check the connections from the fence to the ground rod itself.

Tom A


Cindi    Posted 12-04-2004 at 14:19:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay, will do.


Cindi    Posted 12-04-2004 at 06:33:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Keenly awaiting answers with you. We have been through six TS chargers in half that many years.


dang-    Posted 12-04-2004 at 06:41:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
lightning get yours too?

fla. is supposed to have more of it than anybody else, i hear.

i got two inline arresters, and 6 ground rods. you'd think that would do it? mud


Cindi    Posted 12-04-2004 at 06:54:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well it's a lot more than we've got. I think that it is less lightning and more inferior product. Since they quit on a fairly regular basis I lean toward humidity and moisture.


try this outfit    Posted 12-04-2004 at 06:57:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
tell me what you think? kencove.com.
we bought our last fencing from them. dont know about their chargers though. mud


Cindi    Posted 12-04-2004 at 07:03:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll check them out. We have a lot of different issues here in Fla. The plastic insulators wear out really fast. They get brittle because of the high heat and sun and then the pigs brush against them and break them, the line hits the ground and shorts out. Plus I still say it's so humid that it affects the guts of the chargers. Maybe we just need to change manufacturers, maybe kencove can help. I'll look into it.


u might try    Posted 12-04-2004 at 12:27:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
ceramic insulators. I started swithcing from plastic the very second year because they didn't last. I use the old fashioned ceramic donut insulators and "creatively" wire them to the posts. Not as easy to put up as plastic, but I haven't had to re-do any, so it is a one-time deal.

Tom A


Cindi    Posted 12-04-2004 at 14:20:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know. Fred keeps threatening to do that, but they're kind of pricey.


mud    Posted 12-04-2004 at 07:10:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have had good luck with the insulators here. the good ones. dont have the sun & heat you got down there though. the pin locks seem to be the best. take care cindi-


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