The treebracket is a rust resistant stainless steel bracket that is screwed into a tree or post that then permits the attachment of any steel picket insulator and fencing wire to that tree or post.
As the tree grows, the trunk thickens and will start to envelope the shaft of the treebracket. This process will take a few years depending on the type of tree and its growth rate. When the growth of the tree approaches contact with the insulator, the wire and insulator are removed, the treebracket is unscrewed until only 20-40 mm remains embedded in the tree and then the insulator and wire are re-attached.
The treebracket reduces the need to cut down trees for wooden fence posts. It also reduces the need for costly steel pickets ( Y posts ) which eventually rust out. It encourages the preservation of existing trees and the planting of new trees.
The treebracket was designed by a farmer who wanted a simple and sustainable way to fence.
He noticed that on the family dairy farm, fences were always wearing out and that replacement incurred significant cost. Prices for wooden posts and steel pickets continued to steadily increase over the years. It was a disappointment to see hard earned money rotting or rusting away, knowing that each successive generation would have to rebuild and spend hard earned money purchasing costly materials for fencing.
There were quite a few trees on the farm, mainly windbreaks and vegetation lining gullies and creeks, so utilising trees looked like an option. Any solution that utilised trees for fencing would need to be simple, strong, long-lasting, easy to maintain and inexpensive. If a good design could be developed then trees would become more valuable as a sustainable natural resource for fencing, as opposed to trees appearing as obstacles that get in the way of fencing.
Trees were already being used occasionally as uprights in fencing and the usual method for attaching the wires to the tree were staples or tire wire that encircled the tree. The biggest problem with this method was that within a short time the growth of the tree envelops the staple/tie wire and the fencing wire. Once embedded in the tree the fencing wire could no longer be removed or re-strained and it rusts quickly. So, although trees are used as living posts, they have not been a desirable alternative to the use of wood posts and steel pickets.
After some thought and a little experimentation the treebracket was developed.
Now that the treebracket is available, it will significantly reduce the cost, time and effort involved with fence building.
The treebracket makes it possible to set up electric fencing in a short amount of time. Any repairs or replacements to the wire, insulators or brackets can be accomplished quickly and easily.
It will allow you to use more of your natural resources and pastures by allowing grazing right up to the treeline. This also allows livestock to use the treeline to take shelter from the sun, rain or wind.
Terrain that may be difficult to access with machinery, or rocky areas that posts cannot be driven into, can be fenced and utilised if trees are available.
The articulation permitted between the treebracket and the insulator allows for bends in the fencelines, thus permitting the fencing off of creeks, gullies, windbreaks and other irregular spans of fenceline.
How does the treebracket accomplish all this ?
1. Firstly, it's simple to use and can accommodate most types of star picket pinlock insulators. These insulators are used to attach barbed wire, plain wire or nylon strip-grazing string/tape. The hex head can be screwed in using commonly available farm tools such as pliers, shifters, cordless drills, and even by hand into softer timbers.
The treebracket comes in two sizes, small and large. This means it can be used on tree stems as narrow as 1 inch ( 25mm) in diameter, to very large trees.
Simply screw about one inch of the treebracket into the tree. Attach the plastic insulator and then attach the wire.
As the tree rings grow out over approx 3-6 years the treebracket shaft slowly becomes enveloped by the tree. As the tree bark growth approaches the plastic insulator, simply remove the insulator from the treebracket and reverse the treebracket out of the tree until only the first inch of the shaft is left embedded in the timber again. Re-attach the insulator and wire again. It will most likely require no further attention for another few years.
2. Secondly, it is very strongly constructed
The 304 grade stainless steel is virtually rust-proof. The bracket has been welded using 316 grade stainless steel rod for a corrosion proof weld.
The design utilises a hex head to enable significant torsional force to be applied without damaging the bracket. It will last forever and that is why it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The treebracket has been OVER-ENGINEERED wherever possible. The concept has been to make this product as strong as possible, not as cheap as possible.
For example : The pin that is welded to the coach screw has a diameter of 6mm. This means a very firm fit when sliding the insulator on. A 5mm or even 4mm diameter pin would be less expensive to manufacture and allow the insulator to slide on with more ease, however, although using a 6mm diameter pin results in a slightly higher cost and a tight insulator fit, the benefit is that the strength of the pin is increased to the maximum possible.
A non-negotiable focus on strength and quality is why this product will last forever, can be re-used again and again, and why no other bracket on the market can come close to matching the satisfaction that the treebracket will deliver.
If the bracket is bent, it can be straightened and used again.
Once purchased it's possible that the treebracket could be used for generations.
3. Thirdly, the design allows for articulation of the insulator. It's this freedom of movement that allows the wire to seat itself evenly inside the insulator. This prevents binding up of the wire against the insulator and this allows for bends in the fenceline. Perfect for zigzagging fencelines that follow irregular features such as creeks and gullies and windbreaks.
***** Using treebrackets will have a positive impact on wildlife in the area*****
By encouraging the preservation and planting of trees, additional habitat is provided for wildlife.
Because the treebracket facilitates the use of electric fencing, areas of barbed wire fencing can be reduced. Four strand barbed wire fences can present a formidable barrier to wildlife, such as cassowary, scrub turkey and wallabies, especially when they are fleeing from predators. These barbed barriers can entangle the animal or slow down its escape resulting in capture and injury or death.
Electric fencing with 1 to 4 strands of plain wire is an effective means of controlling cattle whilst barely slowing larger native animals escape from predation because there is less chance of entanglement on the barbless wire.