Crimp Sleeves- Made In The USA

Crimp Sleeves
The Tiny Piece That Holds It All Together

Welcome back to our Made in the USA series (insert roaring audience applause here)! In this post we will be discussing the classic Crimp Sleeve. Crimp sleeves are a pivotal part of building a wire fence. They can give your wire strength and durability. The quality of the crimp sleeve is imperative to the life and longevity of the fence you are building. Kencove carries mostly KIWI Crimp sleeves, which have been loved by contractors and farmers alike since the 1970’s.

The Right Crimp Sleeve for The Right Wire

Crimp sleeves come in all sizes and are made to fit exactly what you are using to build your fence. Whether it be barbed wire, woven wire, or high tensile, there is a crimp sleeve for you. We break down what Kencove has to offer for each wire below.

High Tensile

The Sleeves

When 12.5 gauge wires are spliced together, three C23 gritted crimp sleeves are used to maintain the full strength of the wire. At end posts and in-line tightener ratchets, two C23 sleeves are normally used. When crimping the sleeve, put it into the tool slot marked 2-3 and compress it into a cylindrical shape. Do not split the sleeve into an 8 shape. Made in USA.

The Tools
TEP is a handy tool is perfect for building high-tensile wire fences. It crimps all 12½ gauge sleeves, cuts steel wire, strips coated wire, and pulls staples with ease. The EzePull 4-in-1 Fence Tool is half the weight of most 4-slot tools.

If you want to read about using crimp sleeves to splice high tensile wire, check out our blog here.

Smooth Wire

The Sleeves

The C2LAL aluminum sleeves are about 20 percent longer and require a few extra compression to achieve the proper holding strength. For use with 12.5 gauge smooth wire.

The C45AL aluminum crimp sleeve works well with 9 gauge smooth wire or 15.5 gauge barbed wire.

The C34 gritted crimp sleeve can be used for 10.5 gauge smooth wire or 14 – 15.5 gauge high-tensile barbed wire.

The C45 sleeve works well with 8 gauge smooth wire or 12.5 gauge barbed wire.

The Tools

The Nicopress 2-Slot Crimp Tool has a compact design for crimping C23, C2L, C2LAL, and C45 sleeves. Ideal for use with 10, 11, or 12½ gauge wire. This tool is small enough to fit in your pocket, but the shorter handles require a bit more force to crimp.

The original Nicopress 4-Slot Crimp Tool crimps the full range of Kencove crimp sleeves.

Woven Wire

The Sleeves
The gritted C2L sleeve is 70% longer than the C23 and requires at least two side by side crimps to achieve full strength. It can be used in place of the C23 sleeve in many applications. The C2L works especially well on Solidlock, Tightlock and other woven wire style fences because these fences are normally tightened to lower tensions. Use of the C2L in these applications saves money because you need only one sleeve per line splice versus two of the C23 size.

The Tools

The original Nicopress 4-Slot Crimp Tool crimps the full range of Kencove crimp sleeves.

The Nicopress 2-Slot Crimp Tool has a compact design for crimping C23, C2L, C2LAL, and C45 sleeves. Ideal for use with 10, 11, or 12½ gauge wire. This tool is small enough to fit in your pocket, but the shorter handles require a bit more force to crimp.

Barbed Wire

The Sleeves

The C45B Aluminum crimp sleeves are ideal for joining 12.5 gauge barbed wire.

The C45AL aluminum crimp sleeve works well with 9 gauge smooth wire or 15.5 gauge barbed wire. Keep dry prior to using for best results.

The Tool

The original Nicopress 4-Slot Crimp Tool crimps the full range of Kencove crimp sleeves.

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Fiberglass Posts – Made in the USA

Did you know that Kencove has over 4,000 items that are made in the USA? Many of which we manufacture right in our warehouses. Now, it is more important than ever to put your dollar where it matters, and purchase USA made products.  This blog series will be featuring all the great products Kencove has that are made in the USA!

 

Fiberglass Posts

Fiberglass posts are great for rotational grazing or any temporary fencing project. They do require insulators, your choice of fencing barrier (wire, rope, or tape) and energizers to work efficiently. Fiberglass posts are a great choice because there are a variety of options to get any job done. Kencove offers standard predrilled rods, custom cut rods, step in posts, and colored posts. Better yet, they are all made right in the USA!

F12-4D

Predrilled rods offer ease when installing insulators and reduce the possibly of splintering. Our Sunguard FiberRod Posts also have a protective coating to prevent yellowing and splintering. These fiber rods also flex upon impact which make them extra durable.

F78-5D
F78-6D
F23-5D
F23-7D
F23-8D

Kencove’s custom cut fiber rods are the most affordable fiberglass post we offer. They are uncoated and custom cut to the length you desire. Simple as that!

F1Q
F1R

Step in posts are a seamlessly functional way to do any temporary fence project. They have stationary plastic clips to hold rope, wire, or electric tape. The tapered end allowed for fast and easy installation and the protective coating prevents rusting and shortages. A win-win for any quick application.

F38SSG

Colored fiber rods are perfect for high visibility situation whether for large terrain or weather related. Kencove supplies yellow and pink fiberglass posts which are great for any high visibility application.

F38-5P
F38-4P
F38-6Y

Fiberglass Post Accessories Made in the USA!

Rod Clips

Kencove’s Rod clips are all made in the USA as well! Rod clips are used on fiber rods to secure the polywire or rope in place. Rod clips stay with the post when relocating the fence- unlike t-posts which use a clip that is often lost while moving the fence. If a more permanent installation is needed, the stainless-steel clip can be made to grip the post much tighter. Using a pair of pliers, bend the long tail around the rod and bend around the short tail.

F34S

Check out our Rod Clips here.

 

Cotter Pins

Cotter pins are a great economical way to fasten wire to a fiber rod. Holes must first be drilled in the fiberglass rods or get yourself some predrilled fiber rods. Clip the pin onto the wire, put the 2 legs of the pin through the hole and bend the ends back to the fence wire.

FCPCH

Shop USA made Kencove Cotter Pins here.

 

Drive Caps

Drive caps are very important to protect your fiber rod post. Fiber rods are known for splintering when handling, in order to prevent that, use drive caps! Kencove offers a variety of sizes to fit anywhere from ½’ to 5/8” diameter fiber post.

F5N

Snag them up here.

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Coated Wire Fence Repair

Similar to high-tensile fence, coated high-tensile wire can be repaired easily with a few tools and materials. As a quick refresher from our last blog, you will need to do a quick walk around your fence line. Once you have noted your major repairs, such as broken insulators, cracked posts, sagging wires, or loose braces, you can start creating your list of materials. Some basic supplies to keep on hand all year long are crimp sleeves, strainers, extra wire, underground wire, insulators, split bolts, a fault finder, and a spare energizer. With these supplies, you can complete most basic repairs quickly.

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Repairing Your High-Tensile Fence

Repairing your high-tensile electric fence can be complicated. Luckily, Kencove is here to help. With a few tools and supplies, your fence will be ready for spring calves, grazing sheep, or happy horses. Ideally, you want to read 6,000 to 8,000 volts or more on your fence. In our previous blog we detailed a quick list of products you will need to make major or minor fence repairs. You also need to identify the parts of your fence that are in need of a tune up. Some popular repairs are cracked insulators, sagging wire, broken wire, and a loss of voltage. Once you make your repairs, your voltage should come back. If not, we will walk you through some quick troubleshooting to identify where you are losing your voltage. Continue reading »

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Repairing Your Electric Fence

 

 

Winter takes its toll on everything, including your fence. Fence repair season is coming, and now is the perfect time to stock up on all your fence repair essentials. Find your fence type below to locate your corresponding list of fence repair products.

Kencove offers a wide selection of wire, tools, insulators, and energizers to repair an existing fence line, update a fence, or start a new project.

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