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    Ok, I have grown my kennels over the last few years, using the local feed store chain link panels. I started out with 2 and have expanded to 8 over time. When I started I really didn't appreciate the quality of good kennels, but honestly wouldn't have spent the money at the time on them. But now I am looking to upgrade and get mine nicer. Mine are currently in the barn under cover, but I have an old concrete slab on my place, and I am in the process of getting a pole barn built over it. It will be partially for covered storage, but my kennels will fit under it as well. I have gone over every option to make them better, and know that I will have to spend a few thousand dollars to really upgrade them. I have looked at the really nice kennels, and to replace my 8 kennels, it will cost me $8000. I just cannot do that. I have thought about building kennels with wood frame and heavy duty welded wire. I have also thought about options of putting better wire on the frames that I currently have, but I don't know a good way to attach the wire to be extra sturdy. I am still very open to purchasing new, higher quality kennels, but I just can't do the top of the line. If anyone has any suggestions for building my own, making changes to what I currently have, or ones to purchase that won't completely break the bank, I appreciate it. I have 8 kennels and would like to keep at 8, but I am open to dropping to 6 for the time being, until I could pay for an additional 2 kennels. Thanks

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    Tractor Supply has a new brand of kennel that is wire and coated. $300 to $400 per kennel if I remember correctly for 5*10.

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    Can't speak for all of them but I purchased the welded wire and powder coated retriever brand kennels from tractor supply less than a year ago, they are under a lean to cover and get sprayed out 3 to 4 times a week, so far the powder coating is coming off and the panels are already rusting. I will look elsewhere on my next kennels

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    What about whole or partial cinder block walls?
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    I’m looking into Tarter welded wire kennels. Anyone have experience with them? I know they make quality cattle fencing and gates.
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    Hey Guys and Gals, I would go with Mason, they are the last kennels you will ever buy!!!
    Even if I could only afford 2 right now, I would use the other old panels until you can afford more Mason's.

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    Behlen out of columbia , ne. bUY THE WE;DED FENCE PANELS AND THEY ARE HOT-DIPPED GALVANIZED. Accept NO substitutes. 15 years exposed to four seasons. No cover. NO ruat or problems. Do NOT buy powder coatings. Buy once and buy smart. A bargain is no bargain.

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    If you decide to go with chain link kennels, I highly recommend 9 gauge chain link. You won't get 9 gauge at Tractor Supply or any of the big box stores. I bought some of my kennels, all 9 gauge, in 1971 and they are still in good shape and being used constantly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mlassiter View Post
    Can't speak for all of them but I purchased the welded wire and powder coated retriever brand kennels from tractor supply less than a year ago, they are under a lean to cover and get sprayed out 3 to 4 times a week, so far the powder coating is coming off and the panels are already rusting. I will look elsewhere on my next kennels
    Dang I hate to hear that. I have had the Galvanized ones that have done well for about 5 years, which was acceptable for the price. Was sure hoping these new ones were even better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golfandhunter View Post
    Hey Guys and Gals, I would go with Mason, they are the last kennels you will ever buy!!!
    Even if I could only afford 2 right now, I would use the other old panels until you can afford more Mason's.

    Just my 2 cents, Good luck
    I couldn't agree more. I bought 4 Mason kennels used about 6 years ago for $900. Recently got the opportunity to buy 4 more used ones for $1,000. 1 set is probably 15 years old and the other is about 12 years old. Both sets look like new. No rust. Much better than the TSC ones I used to have. Keep your eye on the classifieds and you can score a great deal on the best kennels out there.

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