Posted 31 October 2011 - 12:53 PM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 01:27 PM
I would prefer aluminum components over steel.
8' solid fold down panel (steel vs aluminum)
65lbs ($170) vs. 25lbs ($215)
If I have to move it a lot, lighter is better.
If it will stay set-up in the same location, galvanized is better than painted (even better than powder coat).
Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:03 PM
Two or three producers have them here. For $10K you can get a sorting system that goes on a trailer and you can haul it around. WE;ve thought about it for our club...but not in the cards right now
Posted 31 October 2011 - 08:19 PM
Mark, are you thinking that Premier is about the only way to go for aluminum? In a brief look, Premier was the only U.S. company I saw with components a 60 year-old woman could cart around herself.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 08:33 PM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 09:12 PM
Posted 01 November 2011 - 06:48 AM
D-S Livestock makes some aluminum equipment and now all their steel equipment is hot dipped galvanized. We have a scale from them which I like. D-S is our preferred equipment company since Sheepman Supply stocks it (30min from home) and D-S is <2hrs from home which saves on shipping costs.
The equipment from Premier is galvanize steel, the solid panels are corrugated to increase strength while using thinner (lighter) steel.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:29 PM
Also where did you buy the Pratley? I think I remember seeing that there was a place somewhere in the midwest.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:52 PM
My handling system is steel and the longer components are heavy and somewhat awkward. What I have found over the years is you adapt methods of moving things, be it hay, handling equiptment, etc. You learn to use leverage a lot.
My suggestion is to find a sheep show that is close and look at the equipment that the vendors bring in.
You may also see if there are people with systems close to you that you can look at and possibly see if you can move parts of the systems.
I personally do not like any panels that are made with tubing . I found that cattle trash the tubular panels, but the square or " U" has held up for years.
Posted 02 November 2011 - 06:31 AM
46 and strong enough, but typical aches and bad back, and sore shoulder.
The Pratley systems I've used are super light. At home we have home made cedar panels and I struggle with those. My younger and stronger husband helps me if we need to move our panels around.
The limiting factor for us buying a Pratley system is our bank account
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