The YardMax is the newest and all-around best fence from PetSafe. This system takes the best features from all other PetSafe systems and adds a few unique new technologies. The YardMax system features one of the most compact and lightweight collars on the market, yet still manages one of the highest maximum correction settings as well as individual correction levels for each collar on the system, so its a great choice for most breeds and an equally good choice for single and multi-dog households. The YardMax collar is compatible with PetSafe's indoor and outdoor zones pods and also intercompatible with some other PetSafe and Innotek fence systems. The most exciting new features are the run-through protection and the system's namesake feature - the YardMax space-saving technology. In YardMax mode, the correction zone extends infinitely on the outside of your boundary wire, effectively maximizing your yard space while making it more difficult for your dog to run through the boundary zone.
Lightning Surge Protector
Short & Long Contact Points
500 ft. 20-gauge Wire
50 Boundary Flags
Test Light Tool
Small & Lightweight: The PetSafe YardMax collar uses a very small collar. Suitable for dogs as little as 10 lbs., the entire collar weighs only 3 oz. This collar is almost as tiny as the PetSafe Little Dog, but doesn't have quite as low correction levels.
Five Progessive Correction Levels: The YardMax offers 5 progressive correction level setting for each dog on the system. The correction levels are adjusted on the collar itself. Despite the small size, the correction levels range from medium to strong - stronger than the PetSafe UltraSmart system but not quite as strong as the Stubborn Dog.
Individual Correction: PetSafe has finally developed a system with individual correction level settings so you can effectively use a YardMax collar for each dog over 10 lbs. with its own correction level settings. No more mix & match PetSafe collars!
Rechargeable: The collar uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The collar battery is recharged by way of a charging cord that plugs into a port on the underside of the collar. The collar charges in about 2 hours and the charge lasts about a month.
Fit Test & Ready Test: A poorly fitted collar is the second most common problem leading to less than 100% containment (incomplete training being the #1 reason). Like the PetSafe UltraSmart, the YardMax collar offers the Fit Test feature. This handy feature confirms that the collar is properly fitted each time you put it on your dog.
Short & Long Contact Points: The system comes with both short and long contact points as well as a contact point tool. The small wrench makes switching contact points easier. Long contact points are particularly useful for dogs with thick or long fur.
Zones Compatibility: The YardMax collar is compatible with PetSafe's Pawz Away Outdoor Rock Zone, Pawz Away Indoor Mini Pet Barrier, and the PetSafe Indoor Zone. The collar is also cross-compatible with the PetSafe UltraSmart and Innotek 5100 pet fence transmitters.
YardMax™ Mode: The most exciting feature of the new PetSafe YardMax is the system's namesake YardMax™ mode. This is the first system ever to offer a unique space-maximizing feature that projects the correction zone only on the outside of the wire rather than in all directions so you can really make the most of your yard space.
Run-Through Prevention: The run-through prevention is another unique and really useful feature. Most dog fence systems have a set boundary width so the dog can actually run all the way through the boundary zone to where he is no longer being corrected but will receive a correction again if he tries to re-enter his yard. But in YardMax mode, the correction zone continues indefinitely on the outside of the boundary wire so the dog cannot run all the way through the boundary. For safety, the system still has a 10 second timeout on the correction, but this feature will really help with training.
Includes Lightening Protection Module: The included lightening protection module is an external electrical surge interrupter that protects against both power surges originating in the power main and also those from lightening strikes happening close to the dog fence wire. We always appreciate extra protection thrown in.
10 Acre Capacity: The YardMax is capable of powering 10 acres. While this is suitable for most suburban properties, we wish it was strong enough to power larger rural spaces as well.
Lacks Backup Battery: This PetSafe system does not offer a battery backup for the transmitter. While this isn't a problem for many of our customers, it is certainly something to consider if you live in an area prone to power outages.
Limited Lifetime Warranty: PetSafe YardMax has a Limited Lifetime Warranty. This gets you one year of full warranty and a lifetime of fixed-rate repairs on the unit. Repair prices vary depending on the issue.
Excellent System Review by Michael from NE Ohio
Price Value Quality
YardMax system with upgraded 16 gauge wire (1000 feet) and twisted wire cost about $425 delivered. Add on the cost of renting a trencher for $70 your at $500 for a quality system. Unless it's totally dry, I recommend a standard landscape edger over the edger that buries the wire as you go. It's slightly more work to put the wire in after the trench is dug but any type of damp or wet soil and the wire burying trencher gets clogged.
I installed the system myself and it took a total of about 8 hours. The instructions were pretty good. I had questions and Flexpetz was there to chat or talk on the phone which was great.
As for performance, its been up and running for one month. After about one week of flag and beep training, it took about 2 days of correction for our Yorkshire-Terrier -lhasa mix to stay in the boundary. He loves to chase small animals and this caused him to test it out a few times. Since the second day everything is working great.
Worth every bit of money and work as now we can let the dog out whenever he wants and he can also play outside with the kids without having to worry about him running off into the woods.
He has even bolted out of the house a few times without the collar and never crossed the line.
NE Ohio (Posted on 11/27/13)