The 10 Best Wire Stretchers

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in October of 2018. Building fences is already a tough job — there's no reason to make it tougher by using a subpar wire stretcher. These selections will make sure that your fences stay tight and secure, whether you're working with smooth, barbed, or high-tensile wire. We've included a variety of models at different price points to cover every need, from basic splices to ground-up projects. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Dutton-Lainson 400

2. Maasdam Pow'r Pull

3. Ranchmate PWS

Editor's Notes

November 18, 2020:

We've updated and expanded our list to include a range of wire stretchers for different styles and needs. We removed older models that are no longer available, as well as clamps and hooks that don't include a stretching mechanism. Some workers prefer to make splices on a loose wire and add tension afterward, which is easy to do with models like the Wire Tight Crimping Tool. For splicing in the middle of a line, look for a model with multiple clamps, like the reliable Dutton-Lainson 400 or The Original Texas Fence Fixer. Most of these tools are built specifically for stretching wire, but the Maasdam Pow'R Pull and RanchEx 102573 can work for a variety of pulling and winching tasks. Of course, these tools only work if you have a post to secure the wire to — if you're starting from scratch, you'll need a post hole digger as well.

December 10, 2018:

Selected the Dutton-Lainson model as a top choice, even though it has occasional issues with paint; for the cost, it's hard to beat its overall durability and usefulness. Also investigated top choices from popular manufacturers Maasdam and RanchEx, adding the Pow'R Pull for heavy-duty scenarios and the Standard Duty for lighter use.

Special Honors

CountyLine Wire Fence Stretcher Fixing a simple 3-strand fence is one thing, but putting up and stretching a woven fence requires a different set of tools. This model unrolls and stretches field fence up to 65 inches tall, and its all-steel frame is built for the long haul.

4. The Original Texas Fence Fixer

5. AgKNX Fence

6. Gripple Torq

7. RanchEx 102573

8. Dutton-Lainson 415

9. Wire Tight Crimping Tool

10. Fi-shock A-53

Willis Kuelthau
Last updated by Willis Kuelthau

Born in Boulder, Colorado, Willis began his writing career in third grade with a short story about a cat detective. After graduating from Williams College, he earned his editorial stripes at a magazine in Maine before making the leap into the world of freelance writing. He wrote for a variety of industries in Philadelphia and Rhode Island, until the New England winters sent him scurrying for sunnier skies. Now a resident of Los Angeles, he can frequently be found flailing away on a tennis court, dangling from a cliff face, or playing with his cats. Areas of expertise include fitness, nutrition, sports and outdoors, and automotive.

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