Farm Gates: Weight Is More Important Than Gauge

| 3/1/2011 9:48:20 AM

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Don’t do it. Don’t let the confusion around 16-gauge vs. 20-gauge vs. 14-gauge cause you to purchase the wrong gate. Todd Harne of Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment oversees Tarter’s Steel Production Facility and understands how to make sure that folks buy the gates and corrals they need to protect their animals and to run their farm and ranch smoothly.

“When it comes to buying the right gates, the first piece of advice about understanding gauge is simple. Don’t talk gauge,” explains Todd. “If you tell me you need a 16-gauge gate, it’s like telling me that you drive a car. Well, what kind of car do you drive? A Lincoln? A Lamborghini? Talking gauge is just sharing only one piece information, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.”

Contributing to the confusion surrounding gauges is that they can vary widely across the same industry. For example, a 16-gauge gate from one manufacturer may be .060 to .065 inch while for another it can be .055 to .060. Both are “true.” Doesn’t sound like a big difference? Wrong. That small fraction can equate to a difference of thousands of pounds of steel as well as thousands of dollars when enclosing a large perimeter.

“What you need to be concerned with is making sure you understand the weight of the different gates. By comparing the average weights of the gate, it will give you a clearer picture than if you try to compare the gauges of the gates. The bottom line is the heavier the average weight of the gate, the more durable it is,” says Harne. “But it’s important to remember you should spend your money wisely. You do no not need the heaviest gate possible in all the areas of your farm or ranch.”

Be smart when purchasing gates and corrals and invest wisely. At the same time, understand which areas of your property require heavier gates and which ones don’t. For example, most likely the back of the hay field won’t require the heaviest duty gate. Instead, go with a lighter gate there and install heavier weight gates and corrals for your higher traffic and containment areas. Typically a 2-inch diameter heavy-duty gate (for example 12-foot length by 62-inch height and 118 pounds) is best for high containment and high traffic areas while the lighter weight gates are great for the majority of your property.

9/15/2017 8:09:36 AM

I wanted to share a picture & my thoughts about Tarter Gates. I have probably 10-15 Tarter Gates. Every one that I own is bent, smashed, twisted or bowed. I own about the same amount of H&W gates. Only one has a slight bow on the top from a 1500 # cow attempting to go over it. Tarter Gates might be fine for slight use, but NOT for full sized cattle.

3/30/2016 9:48:56 PM

I purchased a tarter post hole digger brand new for a category one tractor,I had to drill holes that day so I went to put it on my category one tractor and I had to beat the three point hitch arms onto the post hole digger with a mall not hammer,I knew this was wrong but did not think it would b such a big deal as it turned out to b,I was committed at that point and got them beat on both sides ,drilled my holes and a few days later decided to take it off for a different implement to take its place,I beat with a mall until I was worn out and whereas I own a auto body shop and mechanical garage I decided to take my tractor to my shop and jack it off with a ten ton jack I finally got one side off and ended up having to cut the other side off.i called tarter and told them what happened and how,they wanted pictures of my tractor and post hole digger ,my three point hitch arms I damaged on did I mention this was a new kubota 33 horse category one tractor and after many phone tag calls I end up with an answer that I must have the wrong category tractor for the post hole digger,I bought a category one digger for a category one tractor ,the pins were oversized which caused the problem and will cost me a lot to replace my new tractor arms and implement parts,not to mention the time I had put in this getting on and off,I know I should not have pounded this on but as u all know when u start and get committed there is no turning back,this is why I bought a new piece of equipment not a used one so if I did not know how to take this off and own a shop what would it have cost the average person at a dealer to have this problem taken care of then I get that for an answer,I am very,very,very disappointed in tarter and was planning on buying more implements for my tractor but it will not be from tarter and I would advise you not to either.i am going to post on every site I can find and I will have pictures of their product withit ,I hope you all share this on every site you know also thank you

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