1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Automatic Spring-Loaded Gate"I made an automatic spring-loaded gate for less than $150 that lets me check cattle without ever leaving my pickup," says Dan Peterson, Burdick, Kan.
Peterson built the gate from wire cattle panels attached to a frame made out of 2-in. sq. tubing. A 14-in. long spring mounts at the top of the gate panel over the hinge. A gentle nudge with the pickup's grill guard overcenters the spring, snapping the gate open. To close the gate, Peterson simply reaches out the window to pull a rope that overcenters the spring again, shutting the gate.
"It saves a lot of time and effort. I have cattle in eight different pastures and there's an automatic gate for each pasture," says Peterson. "My handicapped son also can use it while riding his four-wheeler with-out ever having to get off."
The gate is supported by a 10-ft. high frame built from 2-in. dia. steel pipe. A9-ft. pole made out of 1-in. sq. tubing sticks up from the gate about 3 ft. out from the hinge. A pull rope runs up through a pair of pulleys to the top of that gate pole. The driver pulls on the rope to shut the gate.
Contact: FARM SHOW Follqwup, Dan Peterson, Rt. 2, Box 34, Burdick, Kan. 66838 (ph 913 983-4353).
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