Gripple Tensioning Tool Review: Tensioning Wire like a Pro

Gripple tensioning tool

Whether you’re working with the likes of wire, trellis, or rope, have you ever observed a beautiful garden or smart fencing system, then noticed hanging wires that have ruined the general look and feel of the fence line and probably decreased the overall efficiency too? 

If you have and you’ve found yourself wondering whether there’s a simple way of fixing it, you’re in the right place. A Gripple tensioning tool helps target slack, loose wires, improving them so they’re taut and looking much more professional. Here’s an overview of the tool, including frequently asked questions and reviewing what the tool is like to use.

What is a Gripple tensioning tool?

A Gripple tensioning tool is a piece of equipment that tensions wire and expertly adjusts its load. It improves the efficiency of the wire plus adds to the lifespan of the material in question. 

It can be utilized for hundreds of different purposes, including repairing wire netting, barbed wire, etc., and re-tensioning quickly and easily.

A Gripple tensioning tool can usually tension wire up to 400kg and work on materials with a maximum of 6mm diameter. It will typically also measure from 100kg to 300kg.

Uses a gripple tensioning tool.

There are lots of different uses for a Gripple tensioning tool within both the agricultural and horticultural spaces. Here are merely a few of the most popular:

– Tensioning wire – For example, wire fences.
– Tensioning trellis wire rope – For example, anchoring systems
– Tensioning barbed wire

Gripple tensioning tool features 

Gripple tensioning tools are so popular because of how easy and lightweight they are to use. This is due to some of their key features:

– 6:1 gear drive mechanism – allowing a large range of tensioning 
– Torque gauge which efficiently controls the load applied to the wire and makes sure tension is consistent every time
– Gear-driven handles provide the 6:1 mechanical advantage – meaning efficient tension with little effort required from the user.

Why would I need a Gripple tensioning tool? 

We spoke to farming and fencing specialists McVeigh Parker about just why someone would need to use a gripple tensioning tool. Here are some of the ideas they gave:

You have loose/hanging wires

 As we’ve already mentioned, there are multiple uses for a Gripple tensioning tool. Its primary focus is allowing you to tension wire so that you don’t have any loose, slack wires in your fence line. 

Some tensioning tools also include a wire cutter, making it fast and straightforward to cut wire rope after you’ve tensioned it. This means you won’t have to carry various tools around with you because rather than needing to use pliers to try and cut through the excess wire, your tensioning tool will be able to take care of the same job even more comfortable. Although you opt for a tool without the cutter, it isn’t too difficult to cut yourself.

As well as making for a more attractive and neat finish, tensioning your wires with a dedicated tool means higher efficiency, no gaps in fencing, and equally, no risk of any animals that could escape through those gaps!

You’ve previously struggled to get efficient results with manual tensioning

 Not only does a tensioning tool allow you to tension wires efficiently, but the task is also effortless to undertake because it’s extremely lightweight and straightforward to use.

 Also, if you’ve ever struggled to manually tension wire, you’ll know how difficult it can be. As the concept of Gripple tensioning tools was first developed to support vineyard vines, the tool is incredibly strong in design and makes easy work of the same task that you’ve been struggling to fulfill manually.

You’ve previously needed to replace wires prematurely

 Attempting to tension wire manually or via an inadequate tool can be detrimental to your wire’s lifespan due to under or over-tensioning. For example, if you over-tension a wire, it can reduce its elastic properties, therefore shortening the wire’s life and encouraging breakage earlier than normal. This is why using a tool where you can tension your wire to your exact requirements is imperative when trying to get the most out of your wire.

How to use a Gripple tensioning tool

Here we’ll run you through just how easy it is to use the Gripple tensioning tool step by step.

Firstly, you’ll need to use the dial on the tool’s handle to select the tension you require. This is easy to do as the dial is simple to use.

– Then, you’ll need to open the tool handles so that they are wide apart, ready to connect them to the wire. Use the cam to locate the mouthpiece on the wire, ready to grip the wire. Again, this is a simple process because the tool is so lightweight.
– Squeezing the handles together will then trigger the wire tensioning, requiring little effort from the user.
– This method is then repeated until you reach the tension you require, where the tool then clicks to let you know that you’ve reached your desired tension.

Overall it’s an incredibly simple process that is much more efficient than attempting the job manually. The added bonus of the tool being lightweight and easy to handle means that you can continuously use the tool all across your land/farm/garden with ease, without having to use too much effort or lug a toolkit around with you.

Gripple Tensioning Tool Tips

There are a few additional tips that you can keep in mind to make sure you’re getting the ultimate level of efficiency when using your Gripple tensioning tool. The first is to remember that the tool comes with an adapter to make tensioning even easier if you’re using it on a post that is ‘open-side-out.’ This will help you adapt your practice to make your life even easier.

It’s also important to lubricate the cam area often to make sure it works as smoothly as possible. Lastly, if your cam teeth were to wear (for example, if you really get your use out of your new piece of equipment), you can pick up a replacement cam set rather than replace the whole tool.

Are Gripple tensioning tools worth it?

In summary, yes, a Gripple tensioning tool is a must if you regularly deal with slack wires. This could be anything from loose hanging wire supports surrounding planters in your garden or slack wire farm fencing, which has lost tension over time, resulting in your fencing losing efficiency and looking unprofessional overall.

After trying and testing the Gripple tensioning tool, here are seven reasons we’d recommend investing in one.

It’s incredibly simple to use

This has been mentioned multiple times throughout this article, but there’s a reason for it. If you’ve ever needed to tension wire without a handy tool like this, you’ll know the level of effort it requires. This tool does everything for you and not only controls the level of tension but regulates the applied load too. 

It will save you time

When using the Gripple tensioning tool, it’s a simple four-step process to get from slack to tension, and this in itself will save you a lot of time. 

It’s results-driven and extremely efficient

Like any good member of staff, the tensioning tool is incredibly efficient and driven by results. This is due to the features which focus on tension level and load regulating, the tool tensions to absolute efficiency (the level of which is decided by you at the start of the tensioning process). 

It promotes your wire’s lifespan

As it’s so efficient and avoids under/over-tensioning, wires will be able to last their whole lifespan. This means no need to replace wires before their time is up, saving you time, money, and general inconvenience.

It’s easy to carry around

Whether you’re working in a smaller residential garden or fencing a farm boundary, searching for slack wire, you’ll be able to carry the tool around with you with minimal effort due to it being so lightweight. This also makes marathon tensioning sessions easy to undertake if you dedicate a few hours to tackling loose wires!

It’s multi-purpose

You could be a homeowner, a gardener, a farmer, or maybe a combination of all of these things! You can use the tensioning tool on many different types of wire, such as wire netting, line wire, and even barbed wire. 

It’s very cost-efficient

You can pick up most Gripple tensioning tools for around the £68 mark, which is a small price to pay for the number of benefits it will bring you. As well as being relatively cheap to invest in, if, over time, a part of the tool were to wear (for example, the cam teeth), you can pick up part replacements rather than needing to replace the whole thing. 

Overall, the Gripple tensioning tool has proved to be a strong, efficient, and cost-effective piece of equipment that is both comfortable to utilize and gets efficient results that metrics input by the user drives. At such a decent price-point, we’d encourage anyone who uses a tool that makes tensioning slack wires as simple and stress-free as possible to invest in a Gripple tensioning tool to make their working lives a large proportion easier.