Miscellaneous Electric Fence Components

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Recommended Electric Fence Components

Fence chargers are the most critical component for you electric fence. Find our recommended energizers here.

In this article, we’ll recommend some other items you’ll need to set up you bear-deterrent fence.

Plastic Fence Insulators

Plastic fence insulators separate electrified wire from wood or metal fence posts. If the wire were to touch the post, it would ground the system making it ineffective. Insulators usually come in black or yellow, if you have a preference.

Make sure you get insulators designed for the type of post you’re using.

For additional information, see our article Deter Bears From Beehives (How To Set Up An Electric Fence).

ZarebaSystems is the largest manufacturer of electric fence systems in North America.

We used these particular insulators on our new fence and are quite happy with them.

Key features of these Zareba IWTPLB-Z insulators are:

  • Can be used on either wood posts (nailed or screwed) or clipped on to metal t-posts
  • For 9 gauge through 22 gauge high-tensile, steel and aluminum wire, all polywire and polyrope up to 1/4 inch in diameter
  • Molded pin holds wire tightly
  • Locations for 2  screws or nails (not included) for secure attachment to wood posts

Amazon sells these insulators in 25 or 250 unit packages.

Gate Handle Components

ZarebaSystems is the largest manufacturer of electric fence systems in North America.

Gate handle anchors provide an insulated location to connect your gate handle.

These anchors screw into wood posts only. For t-post anchors, check below. These are the ones we use.

ZarebaSystems is the largest manufacturer of electric fence systems in North America.

Gate handle anchors provide an insulated location to connect your gate handle.

These anchors are designed for t-posts.

ZarebaSystems is the largest manufacturer of electric fence systems in North America.

These gate handles are insulated so that you can grab them safely. These are the ones we use.

ZarebaSystems, the largest manufacturer of electric fence systems in North America, makes Americna FarmWorks products as an exclusive line for Tractor Supply.

Each package includes everything you need to attach an electrified spring gate that can expand up to 16 feet.

The gate hangs neatly in place on the fence post when you are not using it.

Fence Line Tester

Use a fence line tester to check your initial installation and periodically after that to make sure it’s working correctly.

This is the test we’ve been using for several years. It’s comparatively expensive, but gives a fairly precise voltage reading.

American FarmWorks 8-Light Electric Fence Voltage Tester, RSVT8-AFW

This less expensive fence tester give less precise readings to the nearest 1,000 volts.

Connect this indicator to the fence line and ground it. A flashing light, visible from a distance, lets you know the fence is working properly.

Optional Items We Like

A cut out switch lets you disconnect some, or all, of your fence without access to the energizer. This Gallager switch is fully enclosed is plastic. Many other switches are exposed increasing the chances of being shocked when you use it.

We used these simple joint clamps to create a secure connection from our Gallagher cut out switch to all the fences lines.