ideas for a cheap cattle guard? - Homesteading Today
Homesteading Today

Go Back   Homesteading Today > General Homesteading Forums > Homesteading Questions


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1  
Old 06/21/07, 09:15 AM
cab cab is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 103
ideas for a cheap cattle guard?

All the cattle guards I have seen require a poured concrete bed, then an expensive welded pipe grate. Has anyone figured out a cheaper way to make a cattle guard? Thanks....

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06/21/07, 10:00 AM
north central Texas
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 300

When I was in High School, long ago, we got 9 foot Bridge railroad ties that the Railroad no longer wanted. We used them for the base and across for the grid. We ran loaded grain trucks over them and never broke one. The cattle never walked them and got out. Other animals, such as goats, would probably go across like they weren't even there. We got the ties free for keeping up the fence on the Santa Fe railroad that ran a mile though our farm.

Bob

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06/21/07, 10:10 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Whiskey Flats(Ft. Worth) , Tx
Posts: 7,966
Quote:
Originally Posted by cab
All the cattle guards I have seen require a poured concrete bed, then an expensive welded pipe grate. Has anyone figured out a cheaper way to make a cattle guard? Thanks....
................What some folks have done is build Or have built a lighter weight CG that can withstand a 1 ton truck and cattle trailer with a gross weight of less than about 30,000 pounds . This is predicated upon the fact that the CG will only have to support the weight of maybe two axles for a short period of time so the driver can't park on the gate ! The Other part of this solution will be the installation of a 16 foot swinging gate on either side of the CG for Very Heavy trucks too allow INgress\Egress so they don't drive over the CG . , fordy...
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06/21/07, 10:17 AM
Wind in Her Hair's Avatar
Interrobanger
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Northwoods of Minnesota, formerly of Texas
Posts: 17,438

yeah, its called a "gate"

jest kiddin'

( I know, not particularly helpful or informative but funny nonetheless

what? I'm not???)

__________________
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31:13
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06/21/07, 10:55 AM
turtlehead's Avatar  
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Central WV
Posts: 5,390

My dad has one of felled trees about, I dunno, 4" diameter each? They rest on some pretty big logs, maybe 12"? I never really looked closely. But it works. He drives trucks and stuff over it.

__________________

Our homestead-in-the-making: Palazzo Rospo
Eating the dream

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06/21/07, 11:55 AM
moopups's Avatar
In Remembrance
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: In beautiful downtown Sticks, near Belleview, Fl.
Posts: 7,101

Maybe or maybe not work, but how about digging up the required area and installing concrete blocks set on edge? If one broke it would not be a major job to replace it. Cost, about 1 dollar a block.

You may have to dig out any accumulation from mud carrying tires occasionally.

__________________

If you can read this - thank a teacher. If you can read this in English - thank a veteran.

Never mistake kindness for weakness.

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06/21/07, 12:10 PM
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Whiskey Flats(Ft. Worth) , Tx
Posts: 7,966
Quote:
Originally Posted by cab
All the cattle guards I have seen require a poured concrete bed, then an expensive welded pipe grate. Has anyone figured out a cheaper way to make a cattle guard? Thanks....
.............In a way this is a good excuse for purchasing a welder and teaching yourself a new skill . Then , once you've mastered the art of "burning" alittle rod you'll understand why welders wear those funny looking little , all cotton caps and charge $40 per hour , LOL . Actually , I always enjoyed(and still do) bending metal into your "own" image . I'm assuming ,here , of course , that you're physically capable of welding , if not then I apologize . , fordy...
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06/21/07, 12:22 PM
pancho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 11,948

I have seen cattle guards put in on asphalt roads. They just painted them on. Worked most of the time.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06/21/07, 12:32 PM
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: SC Kansas
Posts: 998

In Paraguay, they were made from wood. Usually 2X or 3X on edge, with enough supports under them to make them sturdy enough to drive over. I think some treated 2X8 on edge with supports at the ends, and in the middle, would work.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06/21/07, 06:30 PM
sisterpine's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Posts: 5,271

Problem with the 2x8's is putting them close enough together to be strong and still far enough apart for the cows etc to get their feet and leg into should they try to cross. sis

__________________
www.MontanaSticksAndStones.com
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:39 AM.