I must say that rebuilding this frozen up cattle squeeze chute has been a 2 day process, but now it’s ready to use.
I bought this at a fairly cheap price, and had to drive 2.5 hours one way to get it, but once I got it home I soon realized how much work it really needed to be in perfect working condition.
The perfect working squeeze chute…
To have a perfect working squeeze chute for working your cattle and calves, all mechanical parts must be in good working condition. It don’t have to be perfect, but you want things to work as they should. It’s hard enough to work cattle and calves, and you don’t have to work hard to operate the squeeze chute too.
Steps I’ve went through for rebuilding this frozen up cattle squeeze chute are listed below, as well as pictures.
- Free up all hinge and pull down pipes
- Free up side gate to let cattle/calves out of chute
- Weld up any and all problem areas on pipes and frame work
- Oil up all working parts so they function properly
- Straighten lower angle iron frame so the chute sits level and wood floor will fit properly
- Drill holes and install grease zerks for long term life of moving parts and to stop future freezing
- Install treated wood floor
- Put some primer and paint on all welds and anywhere else needed.
This list above was 2 full days of work, and trust me, these pipes that are suppose to rotate over another pipe was ALL frozen up tight. This squeeze chute had not been taken care of, and that wasn’t hard to see. Seriously, there is no way this could have been easy to use, but with some TLC from me, that’s not the case now. This chute work’s incredibly well now.
Check out these pictures below and you will see how it all looks and works now.
If I was to sand blast this chute and do a nice paint job on it, I could easily post it For Sale and get $3500. Everything works now, and works right!
In the photos above here, you can see how the hinges work. It’s a larger pipe over a smaller pipe and that how the gate swings and it’s how the pipe bars access to animals also work. Now, the problem with now keeping things oiled up, they tend to freeze up. In this case, everything was froze up solid!!
Keep it oiled and greased for perfect operation.
Now it all works like it should. By adding grease zerks to these spots mentioned, it allows you to use a grease gun and keep grease inside of these two pipe surfaces and keeps things from freezing up, and working perfectly.
This squeeze chute is now tight and right!!
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