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One Man Head Gate On Squeeze Chute
Robert Strommen, New England, N. Dak.: "I converted the head gate on my squeeze chute to one-man operation with a few odds and ends. It saves a lot of time and labor when working cattle.
"I drilled a hole in the end of the head gate closing lever and screwed in a hook. I attached one end of a 1 1/4-in. dia., 2-ft. long door spring to the hook and wired the other end to the bottom of the chute's frame. I adjust the tension on the spring by feel. I prop a 3 1/2-ft. long, 1/2-in. dia. pipe underneath the closing lever on top of a 6 in. sq. piece of 2 by 6. I tied a piece of rope around the pipe and ran it back to the rear of the squeeze chute. By simply pulling the rope, I'm able to activate the head gate closing lever myself. It makes handling cattle a one-man job instead of a two-man job. The only real expense was $3 or $4 for the door spring."

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3