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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6, Page #10
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Portable "No Pit" Cattle Guard

"It's virtually maintenance-free and can be quickly and easily moved to a new location," says Greg Hodnett of Arthur City, Texas, about his portable "no pit" cattle guard.
  The unit consists of two aprons mounted inside a steel framework. The aprons are made from 2 3/8-in. dia. pipe spaced 3 in. apart. Coil springs mount inside 6-in. dia., 4-ft. high steel posts on each side of the guard. When a vehicle drives over the guard, it forces the aprons down. As soon as the vehicle's rear wheels leave the guard, the springs push the aprons back up.
  "It's ideal for farmers who practice rotational grazing or who run their cattle on leased pastures. The guard lays flat on the ground so heavy trucks won't bend the pipes. Shocks attached to the coil springs keep the guard from popping up too fast once the vehicle has passed. It takes about 30 seconds for the floor to rise to its original height. It rises slow enough that if you pull a trailer across the cattle guard the hitch won't catch on the floor.
  "It requires about 1,000 lbs. to compress the floor. An ATV will just climb over the top of it." The guard is available in any width up to 16 ft. A 16-ft. model sells for $1,600.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Greg Hodnett, Rt. 1, Box 150-1, Arthur City, Texas 75411 (ph 903 732-3846; E-mail: 2tcattleguard@net.com).
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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6