We got really tired of opening and closing gates. Not to mention when one got lazy and left the gate open thinking one was coming right back and the cattle would then find the gate and excape, adding to the work load by having to chase them back in. Now we can take the Quad over the fence and there is never a gate left open.
We used 2 3/8" (6.03 cm outside diameter) production tubing (drill stem) with 7/8" (22 mm) sucker rod (solid rod) as the cross members to drive on. Our Quad is a 4 wheel drive and so we do not have any difficulties driving over it. The ramps are 10 feet (3.05 m) long each and the top is 4 feet (1.22 m) long, the cross members are on 8" (20.3 cm) spacing starting 4" (10.16 cm) in from top and bottom. . The cross members are 4.5 feet (1.37 m) across.We built the railing so that the Quad cannot drive off the sides, they are 12" (30.49 cm) tall and also out of the sucker rod matterial..
The ramp actually clears the wooden plank. It is not tied down. We expect to be able to move it to other fences. The plank fence probably does stablize it somewhat but it works free standing too. There are no legs in the center. It works great, we built it to go and check on the calving cows with the Quad. It sure saves a lot of time and one goes and checks more willingly because one does not need to open the gates.
Last Updated 05 Mar 2005
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