Manufacturer: Parker McCrory Mfg. Co. (Parmak Precision)
Model: Mark 7 Electric Fencer
Category: Barn and Stable Misc
Purchase: Our electric fencer got fried in a recent severe thunder storm. We needed a new one, and didn't have much time to compare different brands, so we bought an updated version of the one we just lost. (Parmak doesn't seem to make the older one anymore that we had, the Mark 6). We paid $150.00 Cdn, without taxes, from Agrico in Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada. Not a lot of places around our area seem to carry the Parmak fencers, but we've only used that brand in the past and have been pretty happy.
Likes: This fencer is a low impedance model that shocks through wet weeds and brush. I try to get out and check our fence lines regularly, but sometimes it just doesn't happen. It's nice knowing that this unit is strong enough to keep the current steady, even if some foliage touches it. The last model we had, the Mark 6, had a fence voltage metre that indicated when the current was low (if it was grounding out somewhere, for example). This is a great feature to have as it saves you trudging around the field looking for a possible problem - you always knew when you had a problem, and when you didn't. I insisted on getting a new fencer with a voltage metre as it's so handy. The Mark 7 (the new one we just got) has a digital voltage metre. It measures the voltage at every pulse. It fluctuates with different conditions (dry ground, wet ground, dampness, weeds, etc) which is normal, but I like having the convenience of the metre.
Dislikes: This was somewhat annoying, though easy to fix. The old fencer had a longer power cord on it. Without thinking of checking the length of the cord on our new model, we just screwed it into the wall and then realized the cord wasn't long enough to reach the outlet. To fix this, we just unscrewed it and adjusted the position of the fencer on the wall. (Something we should've done in the first place, I guess).
Quality: We've never had a problem with Parmak fencers. The quality is excellent and so is their customer service. Parmak offers a variety of fencers for different situations ranging from small corrals to large pastures, solar systems, battery-operated systems or plug in systems.. The box the Mark 7 unit came in claims that it's got advanced lightning protection. This is a 110-20 volt AC, 30 mile range fencer. There's also a full one year warranty which includes lightning damage.
Summary: We've been happy with Parmak fencers so far and will continue to buy them as long as they're available.
Author: Katie W
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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