Security product retailer Zedlock has introduced Hanit recycled plastic fencing to its product range.
Since 1993 Hahn Plastics has been manufacturing recycled plastic products. Made from a blend of HDPE and polypropylene, their Hanit range of 2000 products comprise fencing, landscaping, ground protection, water management, and outdoor furniture products. Zedlock has compiled a selection of products from the Hanit fencing range, designed to appeal to the agricultural, equestrian, vinery andgame rearing sector.
Zedlock had previously looked at metal fencing products as an alternative to wood, in response to the variable quality and lifespan of treated timber, but dismissed themon the grounds of aesthetics and ease of use. Hanit recycled fencing has a similar look to dark stained timber, can be handled like wood, and is guaranteed for twenty years with an expected lifespan of over fifty.
Reducing the number of trees cut down for fencing, and recycling plastic that in many cases would be incinerated, addresses two issues to help the environment. Coupled with the energy and cost saving of not having to replace fence posts every 5-10 years brings further benefits.
Hanit fencing is similarly priced to metal agricultural fencing and slightly dearer than comparable creosoted softwood timber but can be used in any environment because it is non-toxic and non-polluting. It is particularly suited to areas that are underwater for prolonged periods, and ideal for settings that cannot legally use creosoted timber. Cutting or drilling into the plastic will not compromise the life expectancy of the product as plastic is inherently durable.
The recycled plastic posts are available in pointed rounds of 70-150mm diameter and up to 2.8m in length. For post and rail plain ended 100x100mm posts are available in 1.75 and 3m lengths, in brown or black. Rails are available in 35x100x3600mm profiles, and for penning areas a heavier 50x100x3000mm profile is available, again in brown or black. One of the advantages of the material is that animals don’t find the material palatable so chewing/cribbing isn’t a problem. Another is that because plastic is a natural insulator you can staple electric wire directly to the posts.
In terms of driving the posts conventional post drivers can be used. It is recommended that a rock spike, approximately ¾ the diameter of the post, is used before driving. Box strainers are recommended because of the ductile nature of the posts. 120 & 150mm rounds are ideal as strainers and available in lengths up to 2.8m, and a 90x90x1000mm square pointed post is included in the range and ideal as a stob post or breast block.
Staples are easily driven in by hand or with a staple gun. For hand stapling, staples of 4mm diameter are recommended. You can also screw insulators to the posts without a pilot hole (it won’t split). You can easily cut the plastic with a jack saw, mitre saw or cordless circular saw. Decking screws are ideal for post and rail.
In addition to the fencing products, gravel boards, decking, outdoor furniture, and ground protection grids are also available – contact Zedlock for more information.