Ultimate Portable Electric Fence System: Gallagher SmartFence Amazes

| 7/9/2010 10:58:00 AM

GRIT Editor Hank Will at the wheel of his 1964 IH pickup.As useful and flexible as it is, portable electric fencing can be a bit of a tangle when it comes to implementation – but that no longer needs to be, thanks to the new SmartFence system from Gallagher.  Anyone who has lugged electric netting or attempted to manage an armload of step-in posts, two or more spools of wire and a solar charger while walking across the pasture knows that setting up and taking down portable electric fencing can be vexing on the very best of days. Thankfully, the innovative folks at Gallagher felt our pain and created the SmartFence to kill it. Imagine my excitement when I first learned of this “secret” new product a few months ago. Imagine my joy when a SmartFence system arrived at my farm a couple of weeks ago and well ahead of its North American debut.

SmartFence Corral

I’ve been making use of portable electric fencing for as many years as I’ve had grazing animals and poultry in my care – and that’s a lot of years now. I’ve struggled with various reel designs and different kinds of conductors – I even once welded up a 2-wheeled cart that featured compartments for step-in posts, chargers and batteries and self-winding spindles for handling up to three spools of poly wire. When I tore into the SmartFence box, I was practically trembling with anticipation – what I found was a beautifully engineered and self-contained 330-foot long, 4-reel, 4-conductor portable electric fence that had all the posts, anchors, guys neatly organized in a package that is as intuitive to operate as it is effective at controlling stock (and dogs). I knew just where I wanted to use the fence first – to enclose a lush patch of red clover and fescue grass that the sheep had been reaching through their pasture fence to get at.

SmartFence VS Frustration

Setting up the fence is as easy as loosening the tension on the integrated reel system, setting the anchor post (I tied its top to an existing fence) and walking. Since the conductors are already threaded through the posts the poly wire played out easily and without so much as the hint of a tangle. It took me about 3 minutes to setup and position a couple hundred feet of  4-strand electric fence – yes, the sheep were quite excited when I opened their pasture gate. Three days later I reversed the process and moved the fence to a location that I was planning to mow but have decided to let the sheep graze down instead – all thanks to the SmartFence.

 SmartFence VS Tangle

5/15/2018 10:40:03 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

3/9/2015 12:20:50 AM

I visited your link and was very much glad to see this beautiful project. I appreciated your insightful ideas.It is well said that People use fence for both safety and security purpose and for beautification as well. I also deal with fencing supplies and love to read your topics and I think your insight will definitely inspire to every homeowners.You can get more information on fencing at http://www.californiafenceco.com/products.html. Nice share.

Hank Will_2
7/12/2010 8:31:30 AM

Hey Dave -- I love those weed burners, but the newer low-impedence chargers are really the best. One of my friend's dad could hold onto the electric fence without even flinching and he would take great glee in grabbing you on the shoulder while also touching the fence ... or shaking your hand, etc. Right now the SmartFence is limited to 330 feet. If it got much longer it would be tough to carry without some little dolly system. I have suggested that they consider a longer version that is build into that little 2-wheeled dolly. You could tie a couple of these things together, but I think something closer to double that length would be more than twice as useful.

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