James Higgins

I have had a keen interest in rural fencing in Australia from a young age. As an active collector of antique fencing tools and unique barbed wires along with my day job of constructing fencing, I've always been on the hunt for interesting and different ways of solving fencing problems and referring back to old ideas and similar designs that fell by the wayside throughout the early years of the 20th Century. 
One particular problem common with old fences is loose and sagging wires. Typically a loose fence is harder to fix than a broken one, due to typical tools such as chain strainers needing to still cut the wire to remove the slack piece. The tendency is to keep driving past and ignoring it due to it being an involved process to repair. A loose fence creates a weak point for stock and ferals to gain access and ultimately makes your property look unkept. 
The Australian made "Fence Repair Tool" solution is the result of trial and error and observing the faults of commercially available strainer products. Since starting the design process in early 2019 with my colleagues Steve and Don at Walters Fencing in Tamworth NSW, we have been through testing nine different prototypes in order to arrive at the finished model. 
I hope you are happy with your Fence Repair Tool, much care has gone into the design and. A special thanks goes to Dr John Pickard from Macquarie University for your friendly chats regarding all things fencing, Peter from Fenceline Solutions for your design advice and mentoring, and Tim Thompson for your enthusiastic support of the product.