2 years ago I was a my HRC training My 5 month old lab and the guy that was teaching us was a metal.... guy. He was saying something about hot vs cold rolled and hot dip vs Galvanized vs...... It's bee so long I proboably shouldn't even be posting.
But what I was left with out of the conversation was one of the aformetioned would have little spikes on it. When the dog would jump against the fence it could/would rip its pad on them. One of the coatings was prone to be licked by the dog more than the other and it could make the dog sick. So if he was going to buy a new Kennel he would go with XYZ because it did this thta or the other and was therefore safer the dog.
About 3 months after the class I took over the club newsletter, I tried in vain to get him to write an article about that conversation. He never did! I was bummed out. I have been half heartedly trying to figure out what he was talking about.
Again It has been @ 2 - 2 1/2 years.
Sorry this is so VAgue. Maybe someone will fill inthe blanks for us.
I purchased behlen kennel pannels (http://www.behlencountry.com/dogs/magnum/panels/) from our local farm supply store last spring. Not only were they less expensive than the Priefert panels but the are also made with a heavier gauge wire and a middle vertical support post. So far I am very pleased with them.
Thanks for everyone's help with this. I called a few places and checked some websites based on the advice. I found the Behlen Magnum Kennel to be the best value and Tractor Supply carries Behlen. The Behlen has the heaviest gage steel at 6 and the tubing is 18 gage. Tractor Supply said they can special order the 5x10X6 and they quoted a price of $448 and some change. Looks like a great deal for what I am needing.
Had mine (10 runs) 20+ years and they're still like new, no rust or malfunctions.....................I have the galvinized isolation panels between the runs to control cross contamination............. and did a 1 inch weave on the gates plus 1 1/2 inch above the panels................wouldn't do it any other way...................and I wouldn't buy any other product............... :wink: