1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3, Page #30[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
One Man Head Gate On Squeeze Chute
"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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