Fence-Making Machines

Missouri collector focuses on fence-making machines.

Phillips Stay-wire Fastener for wire fences
The Phillips Stay-wire Fastener for wire fences is a much less complex device than the Kitselman machine. This tool is mounted on a wooden frame and can be located vertically so that its notch will straddle the longitudinal wires of the fence one at a time. Once located, the handle is brought out perpendicular to the longitudinal wire, and the crank handle is turned, causing the bobbin of stay wire to wind tightly around the longitudinal wire, as shown here. After a few wraps, the machine is again moved vertically, and the process repeated.