Zareba® Aluminum Wire, 17 Gauge, 1/2 Mile

Model #: FW-00002

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  • 1/2 mile of 17 gauge aluminum wire.
  • Electric fence wire
  • Breaking Load: 90 lb
  • Won’t rust
  • Service Experts Available To Answer Your Installation Questions

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Zareba® ½ Mile Aluminum Wire

This ½ mile 17-gauge aluminum wire is ideally suited for your standard fencing needs.

Our Zareba® ½ Mile Aluminum Wire for electric fences comes on a spool for ease of use. It has a breaking load of 90 lb and tensile strength of 38,000 PSI and conducts 4 times better than steel wire. This light weight wire won’t rust, either!

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


Zareba® ½ Mile Aluminum Wire - Specifications

  • 1/2 mile of 17 gauge aluminum wire
  • Breaking Load: 90 lb
  • Tensile strength: 38,000 PSI
  • Won’t rust

Disclaimer: Zareba® System does not endorse any information contained in product reviews. Please follow all label instructions for your specific use.

Most Recent Customer Reviews

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Review posted on
October 6, 2013
Amazon Review By
I put up an electric fence, was going to use 17 gauge but when it arrived it was a little thin I thought, I went to 12 gauge and what a difference. I used the 12 gauge for the upper lines, and the 17 for the lowest and lower runs since anything that would try to go under will be small and couldn't break the 17 where if I used it up top deer would plow thru it, especially when running from the hunters. the 12 will stop them and light them up! 17 is light, MAN that 1/2 mile of 12 is heavy.
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Review posted on
October 17, 2012
Amazon Review By
I have three very stubborn and strong-willed blue heelers. I trained them well on an underground fence system, which they did well on for about three weeks. They stayed in their boundaries pretty well until they wanted to go out. Getting out was worth the shock from the underground fence. Well, we had to do something about that because they started chasing cars. So, I built them a five foot high, 2500 square feet fenced in area and put barbwire along the bottom to try to prevent digging out. Well, it turns out they dug out and jumped out. My last resort was an electric fence. We installed this wire all around the inside bottom of the fence. They have tried it out several times and even dug out while the fence was on. But we persistently put them back in the fenced area and it appears after three weeks, they have finally decided that the shock from the electric fence is not worth getting out. I really hate to keep them in a fenced area, but it's the only thing keeping the little car chasing, wood wondering things alive. After a while I'm going to attempt to move the electric fence to the outside of the fenced in area to give them more space and not have to worry so much about getting shocked, that is unless they try to go under the fence. Then they'll get a shock when they get out on the other side.
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All About


Features and Benefits

  • Long-lasting
  • Carries charge better than steel wire
  • Will not rust

Ideal Uses

  • Permanent fencing
  • Perimeter fencing

Aluminum wire is the best for carrying a charge. Aluminum conducts electricity four times better than steel wire. Aluminum will cost more but will not rust like ungalvanized steel wire.


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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