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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Oct. 22, 2002
    in the middle of the forest


    I see your planning ahead! Hopefully the weather in two weekends will be good
    "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man." Mark Twain

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Oct. 1, 2002
    Cow County, MD


    Yeah, but I plan to stick you with the bolt cutters while I use the fancy new Felco cutters!
    Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Apr. 8, 2005


    Just wondering... are you cutting wire into small pieces? I've seen people do it this way and it just seems easier for me to don leather gloves, roll it up and only cut when the roll gets too heavy. I hang the rolls on a fence post and then go back and pick them up with the truck or tractor. I've rolled up lots of decrepit wire and it usually stays together.

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Jan. 29, 2013
    Greensboro, NC


    we use heavy duty wire-cutting tools from Lowes, works great. Helps that hubby has strong hands.

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Jan. 4, 2007


    Quote Originally Posted by equinekingdom View Post
    we use heavy duty wire-cutting tools from Lowes, works great. Helps that hubby has strong hands.
    Hands are not made for brute strength tasks.
    When it is hard, find a better way.
    Smaller bolt cutters will preserve your hands, if you have much wire to cut.
    For a bit of wire here and there, be my guest, use whatever you can manhandle to work.

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  6. #26
    Join Date
    Feb. 2, 2003
    Iowa, USA


    the key is to be super organized about picking up the wire as you cut it. With brush growing up through the fence, you'll end up having to cut irregular lengths. Believe me, you can cut a piece and it's right at your feet and you think let me cut that other one and pick them up together--and just like that, that 1st piece has disappeared in the grass and you'll be desperately scrounging around for it.
    And wear safety glasses!!!! Wire is so unpredictable, you really have to respect it.
    Try to break down crushing defeats into smaller, more manageable failures. It’s also helpful every now and then to stop, take stock of your situation, and really beat yourself up about it.The Onion

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Nov. 23, 2009
    Lyman, ME


    If you are doing electrical work on the upstairs renovation then you might want to invest in a pair of electrician's pliers or linesmens: they really work for cutting wire, plus they have plier tips for getting at the barb wire that has grown into the trees.

  8. #28
    Join Date
    Feb. 9, 2005
    Upper Midwest


    This will sound weird, but I am reading this thread and daydreaming about the day I cut down the nasty old barbwire at my new place. It is negative windchill out right now and we are supposed to get six inches of snow in the next few days...
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