Wire Fence Stretching Tools

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Wire Fence Stretching Tools
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Whether you're building a corral for cattle or a chain-link fence for security, specially designed pulling tools stretch your wire fencing materials taut between posts. Wire fence stretching tools work with welded wire fencing, chain-link material and barbed wire. Learn about the applications of the various wire fence stretching tools, and choose the right one for your job.


This multipurpose tool offers the most basic means of stretching barbed wire, chain-link and wire mesh fencing. The tool consists of a hook attached to a chain, which is attached to a ratcheting winch. The fence builder attaches the come-along's hook to a fence wire and the winch to a stationary object. The builder cranks the winch's handle to tighten the chain and pull the fence wire taut. While a single come-along easily tightens single wires, a set of two or three come-alongs can stretch tall mesh or chain-link fencing. An alternative type of come-along, called a "rope come-along" or "rope fence stretcher," substitutes synthetic or natural fibre rope for the traditional chain. Also, the reach of a come-along may be extended by attaching additional lengths of rope or chain.

Rigid Fence Stretcher

The rigid fence stretcher functions like a come-along but replaces the chain or rope with a rigid metal bar. Similar in appearance to a carpenter's bar clamp, this tool has flat gripping surfaces at each end of its long bar. The pull of an attached handle or pistol grip draws together the gripping surfaces and attached fencing. Although the rigid bar of this tool offers increased strength over the come-along, its length and reach are fixed.

Welded Wire Stretcher

The welded wire stretcher is essentially an extra-wide come-along. This tool grips tall welded mesh or chain-link fencing. Unlike the classic come-along, the welded wire stretcher has three or more hooks attached to its winch assembly. Multiple hooks allow the tool to distribute its pulling force across the entire width of tall fencing, such as welded wire and chain-link.

Pole-type Stretcher

At first glance, the pole-type stretcher looks like a farmer's scythe. This tool consists of an acutely curved, blunt blade attached to a long, straight pole. To use the pole stretcher, the fence builder hooks the tool's blade onto wire fencing, leverages the pole against a post and pulls the fencing taut. The builder holds the pole in place with a hip or leg while fastening the wire fence to the fence post.

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