Winegrowers Supplies - Trellis
Special vineyard trellis wire - 'Quadruple 4x-life' - galvanised with an alloy of aluminium + zinc.
Tests on the corrosion behaviour have demonstrated that this wire has four times the life of normal zinc-galvanised wire (DIN 1548 thick-zinc-coated).
It is very easy to handle and bend. I don't sell the 2x-life wire
2.0 mm is used for all wires of a Guyot trellis.
A wire-spinner @ £137.50 is invaluable. Red oxide coated steel.
Wire straining devices:-
Spannfix: galvanised, 39p each.
Key for turning Spannfix, red oxide, £7.70
Chains: for moveable (double) wires, 7-links, galvanised steel, 26p each
Chain nails: large square nails, for wood end posts with moveable (double) wires,
aluminium-zinc galvanised, 55 mm long x 4.2 mm square: £5.30 per kilo (approx 130 per kilo)
2.5 kilo bucket @ £11.00
Hook-nails: for intermediate wood posts with moveable (double) wires,
aluminium-zinc galvanised, 55 mm long x 3.4 mm square: £5.95 per kilo (approx 160 per kilo)
5 kilo bucket @ £24.75
Vine support poles:-
Galvanised steel, 6 mm diameter, in bundles of 100:-
1.2 metres tall @ 36 Euros per 100
1.4 metres tall @ 40 Euros per 100
1.5 metres tall @ 45 Euros per 100
all + cost of delivery from Germany. Other lengths are available.
These should last indefinitely, whereas bamboos break off at soil level after a couple of years.
It's very worthwhile supporting the vine stocks even when they are 20 years old.
Galvanised steel 'AD' clips for securing a 6 mm diameter steel vine support pole
to a trellis wire, @ £3.90 per bag of 100.
It's not easy to find kiln-dried then tanalised softwood posts.
Most larger vineyards are now using galvanised steel posts.
Apart from their long lifespan (40+ years) they have a major advantage in
that 'eyelets' are built-in to the sides for wires to run through, so you do not need to hammer
in hook-nails, as you do into wood posts; this saves a lot of man-hours.
Diagonal galvanised-steel ground-anchors can be attached to the end posts, or if you prefer to use large (4 to 5 inch diameter, 8 or preferably 9 foot long) kiln-dried and tanalised wood posts for the row ends, you can use a 'lintel' system: the first intermediate post spaced only one vine away, with a wood D-shaped 'lintel' half-round post nailed across the top between this and the end post. A strong diagonal wire (or 3 plaited wires) loops around the top of the post and then down to loop around the bottom of the end-post.
Voest - 'Leova' fire-galvanised steel posts:-
Proven to be the strongest steel post, and the easiest to insert into the ground; they have to
be pushed down (with a tracked-excavator or JCB) rather than banged down.
The Voescht pre-galvanised posts are no longer available. These were cut and pressed from sheets of steel, hence the cut ends didn't have a galvanised coating.
The following are hot-dipped 'fire' galvanised: galvanised after the post has been made. Far superior and proven to last well over 40 years.
Intermediate posts (maximum 6.0 metres between posts; 700 mm recommended below ground):-
Plus 50x35 mm: 2.5 metres tall with external built-in hooks for the wires:-
Hot-dipped galvanised: 6.80 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany, 8% discount for large quantities.
S-Plus 50x40 mm: 2.5 metres tall, with external built-in hooks for the wires:-
Hot-dipped galvanised: 7.70 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany, 8% discount for large quantities.
A special very hard steel 'fitment'(which sits in the top of the post while it is being pushed down) , 50 Euros, one needed.
The above posts can be used on concave slopes with the addition of special black plastic clips
on the side hooks, to stop the wires lifting out; @ 69 Euros per 1000; at least 6 clips will be needed for each post.
Ground-anchors for end posts:-
850 mm long, 150 mm diameter
plate, 14 mm thick rod, 1.45 kilos each,
3.87 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany.
1000 mm long, 150 mm diameter plate, 14 mm thick rod, 1.65 kilos each,
4.06 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany.
Fenox anchors, only for very stony ground, only 600 mm (0.75 kilos) 5.62 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany.
A special set of driving tools is needed:-
The ground plate, 19.95 Euros
The driving tool necessary for expanding the wires, 23.85 Euros
The shorter bolt for driving the anchor into the ground, 23.85 Euros
Platypus anchors, for all types of ground but especially in chalk, clay or compacted soil:-
S4V1S: restrains up to 1000 kilos, 7.20 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany.
tool for inserting, 60 Euros, one needed.
S6V1S: restrains up to 2000 kilos, 10.80 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany.
tool for inserting, 75 Euros, one needed.
Anchor extenders: 10 mm x 320 mm, 2.00 Euros each.
Medium Gripple-plus (for 2.0 to 3.25 mm wire), the best value is to buy a Set of 250 with the Torq-tensioning tool @ 260 Euros.
Medium Gripple-plus are 1.04 Euros each in a 100 pack; so effectively you get a free Torq-tool if you buy a 250 set.
For end-post bracing (to ground anchors): the GPAK3 anchor-fast kit (80 ropes with gripples) @ 260 Euros.
Prices shown are exclusive of Vat.
Delivery usually will need to be charged at cost.