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showing71

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Been looking at several different chutes over the last couple weeks. I have an idea of what I want, but I'm having trouble deciding whether or not to go with a hydraulic chute or manual. The old one is a Pearson manual. I know there is a big cost difference, but I don't know if the extra $ is worth it or not. Anyone have any opinions or experience with hydraulic?
 

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We use a newer Pearson manual chute and have had absolutely no problems with it. I really don't see the need for a hydraulic chute unless your working a whole bunch of animals. We run around 50 or so through ours at a time and it's really not to bad.
 
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I do a lot by myself as far as running cattle through the chute (AI usually), and thought that a hydraulic would make it easier on me. Usually, we run 200 head through the chute at a time during vaccinating. Our Pearson is 20 years old, and it's getting hard to operate.
 

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Hydraulic does make it easier if you are doing a lot on your own, since you can trigger it standing to the side of the cow while prodding them forward. I really liked using it the time I got to try one out. Saves on your arm/shoulder, too. But they are spendy. I guess I'm too cheap to buy one. Honestly, I don't head catch my cows for hardly anything unless I have to work on their head, just throw a board or pipe in behind them. Yes, I know I could get my arm broke that way. They tend to dread the chute less if they don't get head caught. Grew up using a breeding box, worked pretty well even for the squirrely ones.
 

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I have a hydraulic and a manual and I wouldn't trade my hydraulic for 3 manual chutes my wife is wanting a new Hydraulic chute and I told her as soon as she sells the one we have I will buy her a new one the only reason she wants one is because when running our bulls thru it is a little snug :lol:

a hydraulic chute is well worth the investment in mine and my wifes opinion
 

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In my opinion, hydraulic or manual makes no difference. The biggest thing is having a self-catching headgate, especially when working alone.
 

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Ive never used a hydraulic one but the reason Id say go with manual would be id worry about the hydraulic one breaking down over time easier than a manual. Not to mention a manual one would probably be easier to path up on your own if you had to.
 

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Prieferts S04 model is exceptional. Lifetime warranty on the cams. They will even refurb. your old chute- no matter how old - for minimal cost as long as it is a Priefert chute.
 

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