Taking the strain out of fencing

Barry Davis with a his contraption
Barry Davis with a his contraption

A natty little batten stapler attracted plenty of attention at the Egmont A&P Show.

After being named the most popular invention at the 2005 National Agricultural Fieldays, New Plymouth inventor Barry Davis put the stapler at the back of his shed and forgot about it.

He's now decided to see if there is a market for his $150 invention.

The engineer, who also owns a 70-hectare sheep and beef property at Okoki in North Taranaki, says he can put seven staples in one batten in under a minute with the stapler, which is operated by a lever and on which he has a copyright.

Fencing on his farm a few years ago, he thought there had to be an easier way, so he started experimenting in his workshop.

"I came up with the stapler in about a week. And I've just been refining it over time."

While he acknowledges that hammering staples to the batten is faster, he says the tool he has developed is much easier on the body.

"You push it against the batten with one hand, pull the lever with the other and drop your knee," he said as he demonstrated it at last week's Egmont show.

The user kneels to attach the bottom staple, avoiding the need to stoop. Another plus is that no-one needs to stand on the other side of the wire to hold the batten in place. Neither do you hit your thumb with a hammer by mistake.

The stapler is easy to carry, doesn't require a compressor or generator, and is available in left- handed and right-handed models.

Davis has also developed a tool which extracts staples by loosening the wire.

Hawera dairy farmers Alex Little and son Daniel put in orders for one each.

"You won't get bruises on your legs from banging the battens," Daniel Little said.

Davis sold 10 staplers at the Egmont show, and has orders for another six.

He will have a stand at this weekend's Stratford A&P Show.

Taranaki Daily News