2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Self-Propelled Portable Hoof Trimming Chute
The independent chute is powered by a large 36-volt rechargeable battery bank producing hydraulic power to run its various components. The batteries can be recharged overnight when the unit is not in use or even during a working session.
“There’s a receptacle on the side; you just plug in a standard extension cord to recharge the electrical system,” says co-owner, Josiah Ressler. “It depends on the number of cows being trimmed in a day. You may have to keep it plugged in to maintain the power supply.”
Standard features include a hydraulic headlock and squeeze doors, left or right tilt mechanism, rope hook leg ties, grinder holders and tool tray, manure chute, and powder-coated finish.
The chute has a large variety of available options as well.
“One of the unique features is our remote control hydraulic leg restraints. They safely catch and restrain the cow’s legs without risk of injury to the trimmer or the animal,” Ressler says.
A self-propelled driving system is also popular to help maneuver the chute into tight quarters without the use of a skid-steer or truck. Hydraulic sorting gates, toolboxes, lighting packages, and hydraulic awning kits are some of the almost infinite numbers of add-ons.
“We also have a remote control for the various features which allows the user to stand back during operation of the different components,” Ressler says. “It’s user-friendly, keeping the handlers safe while adding efficiency. It also lets users choose their viewpoint angle on the work process and equipment.”
The portable chutes are built in Lancaster County, Penn., and are sold direct to customers worldwide.
Costs of the units vary from a low of $40,000 up to around $90,000 for a unit with all the bells and whistles.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Josiah Ressler, Tuffy Tables, 891 Rettew Mill Rd., Ephrata, Penn. 17522 (ph 866-938-8339; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tuffytables.com).
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