The offset rubber profile holds the tape securely in place and re-electrifies it.
Also suitable for use as a starting insulator, the plastic screws allow tapes to be gently tightened.
Electric fence insulator guide
The purpose of electric fence insulators is to safely guide the electric fence conducting material to the assembled electric fence.
Here, electric fence posts are regularly made of metal or wood. Electric fence insulators must be selected according to the different type of material.
The following types are commonly used:
- electric fence insulators with threads
- electric fence insulators for metal posts
- electric fence insulators with metric threads
- electric fence insulators for bolting
- electric fence insulators for nailing
Electric fence insulators:
Electric fence insulators themselves are made of non-conducting materials. Nowadays, impact-resistant plastic which features UV protection is preferred. However, electric fence insulators can also be made of ceramic or glass. In the development of materials, it could be said that plastic now has so many advantages that it has more or less replaced all other materials. Metal supports are often found inside the plastic. On the one hand, these metal supports reinforce the overall strength and, on the other, they provide the basis for screwing elements into or onto the post. If the insulators were not able to guide the electric fence conducting material, a permanent short-circuit would occur which would mean that the protective function of the electric fence would not be possible.
Additional functions of electric fence insulators
The electric fence insulator has an important role to play in electric fence installations, i.e. it enables the general basic function of the fence. As well as providing an insulating effect, the role of the electric fence insulator is to guide the conducting material. It is frequently possible to see with the naked eye how well the conducting material is guided. If the electric fence conducting material sags too low or possibly even touches the ground, the right choice of electric fence insulator has clearly not been made. It is not easy to choose the right electric fence insulator. If you are not used to dealing with electric fence insulators, you may wonder why such a wide choice of different types exists. Electric fence insulators can be roughly divided into their main functions:
- guiding the conducting material
- changing direction in the corners
- straightening out the conducting material
- for assembly in the gate area
- keeping distance
Types of electric fence insulator
The term “ring insulator” is typically associated with ways of guiding the conducting material. Ring insulators have been used for decades and are available both with metric and self-tapping threads. They can be used for electric fence polywire, electric fence rope and also for narrow electric fence tape. If you use broad electric fence tape, you will require an electric fence tape insulator. This is available in many variations and designs. A clip insulator is regularly used in this case. This electric fence insulator for broad fencing tape is easy to mount and features a convenient and simple closing mechanism.
Electric fence rope can be naturally guided with commonly used ring insulators. However, over recent years, improvements have also been made so that the thickness of the rope is now also taken into account. This is because rope is often subject to other loads which can be transmitted onto the electric fence insulator. Therefore, electric fence insulators must be robust and of an appropriately high quality. However, such forces do not just occur with electric fence rope.
Like when driving a car, electric fence insulators must always be able to resist special forces when the electric fence polywire enters a corner, i.e. when the material changes direction. These forces are guided by special corner insulators and tension insulators. These electric fence insulators are particularly reinforced. In other words, the actual material thickness may have been increased or particularly high-quality materials are used. It is ultimately only in this way that requirements can also be fulfilled in terms of the forces exerted on the insulators.
Speaking of forces ... If you have ever taken part in a tug-of-war you will know that it is not at all easy to keep a rope in a horizontal position above the ground when just each end of the rope is pulled. It takes many contestants to keep the rope taught.
In the case of electric fences, so many "competitors" are not always available. However, over the years, the system for maintaining tension and strain on electric fences has been refined. This is ensured particularly for electric fence tape by corner / tension insulators, cleat insulators and tape tensioners. Thus, it is possible to ensure tension along increasingly shorter distances. This relieves tension and means that the entire fence forms one strong, firm unit.
However, it’s not just tension that needs to be ensured: Horses and ponies, in particular, tend to nibble the fence material, which means that long-shaft insulators are necessary. These insulators also available to match the appropriate conducting material. For instance, long shaft-ring insulators exist, along with long-shaft rope insulators and long-shaft tape insulators. All these types are designed to ensure that large distances can be created between the conducting material and the fastening. This system is also preferred in horse pastures to increase the distance between stallions.
In addition to these properties, it is also possible, with electric fence insulators, to erect electric fence gates. Used in conjunction with a handle, gate handle insulators facilitate access to the pasture. Working together, these two items complement each other perfectly to create a complete electric fence gate system.
Conclusion: electric fence insulators:
The individual examples have shown that electric fence insulators combine many well-known and lesser known possibilities. Applications with electric fences are extremely varied. Without electric fence insulators, an important element of a fence system would be missing. Our Weidezaun.info team will be delighted to answer any questions you may have concerning electric fence insulators. So you can quickly find the right insulator to meet your requirements.