2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10, Page #43
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Fiberglass Gates Flex When Pushed
Bend a wooden gate too far and it'll break. Push a metal gate too far, and it'll bend and stay that way. But push on a Tuff Gate with a pickup and it'll just flex out and back again.
The Tuff Gate Utility Gate is a 6-rail panel made from 1/8-in. thick orange fiberglass. Structural grade rivets and zinc-plated hinges secure it in place. The 4-ft. tall gate is available in 2-ft. increments from 4 ft. to 18 ft. Prices start at $68.
A heavier-duty model has five rails made from 1/4-in. thick fiberglass with structural grade aluminum rivets. Zinc-plated hinges are also heavy-duty, designed for barnyards, freestall barns, corrals and other confinement areas. The 4 ft. high gate is available in 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16-ft. lengths. Prices range from $87 to $222. Custom lengths are also available.
"Prices vary from dealer to dealer," says Nolan Snyder of Snyder Gates, LCC. "You can get gates that are cheaper, but for the strength, flexibility and corrosion resistance, these gates are a good value."
Tuff Gates are available from farm supply stores and other dealers, with more to be added. "We are looking for dealers now," says Snyder.
Another advantage of a Tuff Gate is the corrosion and rust proof properies of the fiberglass material they are reconstructed from. Water, mud, and manure have no degrading effects on these gates. This factor alone can increase the lifespan of these gates 2 to 4 times that of a steel gate.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Snyder Gates, LLC, RR 2, Box 375, Highland Rd., Millerstown, Penn. 17062 (ph toll free 877 621-0195; www.tuffgate.com).

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2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10