My buddy recently bought a piece of property with about 6 acres and a lot of fence in need of repair. He came to me with an idea for a receiver hitch mounted barbed wire stringer, so we built and it made the job go a lot faster. Read more to see how we did it.
There are lots of ways to string barbed wire. You can do it by hand with a hand reel such as the one below, which is fine if you are fencing a small garden. Hauling around a 70lb spool of barbed wire can wear you out pretty quick though.
With a little bit of ingenuity, we can save our backs and arms while letting our truck, atv, or tractor do the heavy lifting for us.
My buddy showed up with a piece of 2″x2″x1/4″ wall square tubing and a ~1″ round piece of thinwall round tubing to put the reel on. After talking about it, we decided the thinwall round tubing might not be thick enough so we dug around in my scrap pile and found an old round nail stake (commonly used for concrete forms). They are ~3/4″ in diameter and are solid all the way through with the exception of some nail holes going through them laterally. They look like this:
To start off with we cleaned the rust from the 2×2 and marked the holes to be cut with a sharpie. I used my plasma cutter for the holes, but you can use a drill or torch to get the same result (it will just take longer. Did I mention I love my plasma cutter combo unit??)
Video of the new tool in action: Barbed Wire Stringer
Seriously, this was very easy to do. We barely got through a round of beer before we finished. If you have a welder, grinder, drill and some time you can do the same at home. It just makes sense to spend an hour or so making a tool that will save many man hours (and backs) out in the field.