Zareba® Steel Wire, 17 Gauge, 1/4 Mile

Model #: WC-1320

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  • Economical galvanized wire for your electric fence.
  • Spool has ¼ mile of 17 gauge wire
  • Breaking load of 165-195 lb
  • Tensile strength of 80,000-95,000 psi
  • Service Experts Available To Answer Your Installation Questions

Zareba® Galvanized Steel Wire

Our economical galvanized steel wire comes in a variety of sizes to fit your standard fence needs.

This spool of Zareba® Galvanized Steel Wire has ¼ mile of 17 gauge wire. It has a breaking load of 165-195 lbs. and a tensile strength of 80,000-95,000 psi.

Both porcelain and plastic insulators can be used with steel wire.

Zareba® is the largest manufacturer of electric fence systems offering durable, reliable electric fence products for all of your animal fencing needs.


Zareba® Galvanized Steel Wire - Specifications

  • Basic, economical galvanized steel wire
  • Spool has ¼ mile of 17 gauge wire
  • Breaking load of 165-195 lb
  • Tensile strength of 80,000-95,000 psi

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Most Recent Customer Reviews

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Review posted on
December 9, 2017
great buy By mark

Wire very easy to work with.

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Review posted on
January 13, 2012
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I needed well annealed and thus soft bendy wire for my craft project...this one did it. Would not swear to each batch being as well suited for all chores...but I am happy. Just wish it was made in America.
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Features and Benefits

  • Steel wire is a basic, economic wire
  • Carries charge long distance with extensions
  • Can use with any type of charger

Ideal Uses

  • Semi-permanent fencing
  • Permanent fencing
  • Perimeter fencing

Galvanized steel wire will last the lifetime of the fence and is the most commonly used wire.

Note: Steel wire can by used with any type of charger and when connected properly to like wire extensions, this wire can carry a charge for very long distances.


Expert Tips


The height and spacing of the wires will vary with the animal you are containing. Position one electrified wire at animal’s shoulder height; this will cause it to hit the fence with its nose, making it back up.


Use poly tape for horse fencing or in rotational grazing since the animals can easily see this highly visible electric fence wire. Splice poly tape with splicer buckles specially designed for easy splicing and repairing of poly tape.


Poly wire is lightweight, so it is very easy to handle. You can rewind it very easily, move it and re-use it. Splice poly wire by tying a good, tight knot to maintain connections. Use a poly wire line tightener on each line and each side of the fence to maintain wire tension.


Also highly visible, this electric poly rope is also used for horses and livestock. When repairing poly rope, use a splicer designed for poly rope to maintain a good electrical connection.


Use a low impedance fence charger with poly wire and poly tape products.


For a permanent perimeter fence, you may want to use high tensile or steel wire as your fence wire.

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Fence Wire FAQs

Q: Why is poly tape better for use with horses than regular wire?

A: It's a matter of visibility. Horses can see the tape more readily than wire. Remember, electric fencing is a psychological barrier: after a horse has met up with a poly tape electric fence and has felt the shock, when it sees the poly tape again, it will remember the shock and stay away from the fence.


Q: Why should I place one wire at the animal's shoulder?

A: Positioning one electrified wire at animal’s shoulder height will cause the animal to hit the fence with its nose, making the animal back up. See illustration below.


Q: What is the advantage of using high-tensile wire rather than aluminum wire?

A: High tensile wire is designed to be both a psychological barrier and a physical barrier. High tensile wire not only carries a shock, it is also sturdy enough to prevent a large bull from penetrating the fence line (as long as it has been installed correctly.)

In addition, aluminum wire can stretch out over time as tension is applied to it (very slowly). High tensile wire will not stretch; this affordable barrier can last for many, many years.

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