how wide should a loading chute be?

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how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby mncowboy » Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:12 pm

building a stationary loading chute and I'm curious how wide it should be, I'm thinking 36''.
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby jedstivers » Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:15 pm

What are you loading?
Makes a difference. Adjustable is best if you can do it.
I'll measure mine. I can't remember what it is.
I had to set some panels in my working chute cause it's to wide.
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby Caustic Burno » Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:49 pm

mncowboy wrote:building a stationary loading chute and I'm curious how wide it should be, I'm thinking 36''.
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28 to 30 inches.
No wider or you will have lots of train wrecks
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby callmefence » Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:28 pm

Load out for stock trailers. I like about 6 to 7 feet. A trailer with single or double doors can be backed in snug and doors opened inside Alley.
Working chute..28"

Edit to add.... make sure you make your header high enough to clear your trailer doors.
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby Bigfoot » Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:43 pm

Get past 30", and bad things start happening.
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby ALACOWMAN » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:31 pm

Bigfoot wrote:Get past 30", and bad things start happening.
like one stuck trying to turn back, while another one jumped on top of it...
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby JW IN VA » Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:31 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:Get past 30", and bad things start happening.
like one stuck trying to turn back, while another one jumped on top of it...

Truck chute is less than 36" It's on an inline down so a 4X6 bolted across the front keeps the truck from hitting the top and lea ving a hole to step through
Trailer alley is around 8'

Yes,do watch the crossmember height.
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby Bigfoot » Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:30 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:Get past 30", and bad things start happening.
like one stuck trying to turn back, while another one jumped on top of it...


Keep alley narrow, sell your truck while it's still running, and don't go to vegas while your heart broke------Just don't ask me how I know.
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby Rafter S » Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:55 pm

I've put some big cattle through 28" chutes, and had 600 pound calves turn around and come back at me in some that weren't much wider than that.
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby Workinonit Farm » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:17 pm

Ours is 29". I've only had 1 bull, over the years, that could barely squeeze through it.
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby Supa Dexta » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:39 pm

Ground load trailers I have mine at like 8 ft, so they all run on in a group. For pot loads and chutes single file @ 28". I have had 2000lb+ cows use it no problems.
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby LDEnterprises » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:55 am

Like everyone has already stated, no more than 30"!
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby jedstivers » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:53 am

Mine is 31" and to many turned around in it. Have panels in making it 27" and a big cow/bull goes through fine but a 4wt calf can't turn either.
My chute for the pots is also 27".
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby cowgirl8 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:34 am

Ours is too wide for calves...so we have corral panels sitting around to block the road at times and I store them in the loading chute. We'll leave them if we are loading calves, we'll take it out if we are loading cows.....They narrow it up just a little for the calves..
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Re: how wide should a loading chute be?

Postby Texasmark » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:56 am

Besides the above applicable comments I have had these other two problems: My last bull, weighing in at around 1800-2000 couldn't clear the top of the squeeze gate and make it into the trailer backed up to the gate.....6' wide 18' tandem covered stock trailer, combo swing and slide rear gate. Had to pull forward leaving a gap (that calves would have gotten out of) to get him in....glad I had the cows loaded first to give him an incentive to continue on in.

Next problem has been weiners - yearlings getting their head stuck below the bottom rail on welded sucker rod loading chute. As listed above, making the chute wide enough to get the bulls through made problems for loading the little guys. Solved by adding cattle panels inside the rails of the chute.

As stated above, adjustable or if you are a BTO two different chutes for different sized animals.

The other thing I really like is the rotating gate (single point pivot) to follow the animals into the chute with locks along the way. That has come in handy more than once to keep them in and going and not hurting me in the process, working alone as I do.
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