Few can argue with the benefits of a hydraulic chute for your operation, especially if you are running large numbers of cattle, or frequently work with your cattle in the chute. When it comes to buying a hydraulic, there are many things to consider, like how much does a hydraulic chute cost, and will it be worth it in the long run?

It is important to look at the value of your chute not only in the short term like with the hydraulic cattle chute initial cost, but also look at other features to help you choose the right fit for longevity, durability, and warranty to ensure your investment will last your operation for years to come. In this case, investing more upfront can have a big payoff long-term when it comes to saving time, not having to replace parts as frequently, etc.

Here are a few ways you can help narrow down the options available to you to choose the right chute for your needs.

Q-Power 104 Series hydraulic chute with cow caught in the cattle head gate for preg checking

1. Cattle Chute Warranty

Warranty is one of the most critical elements of the cost of a hydraulic chute. Choosing a chute with a limited, 1-year warranty may not seem like a big deal, but is important to choose equipment from a manufacturer that stands behind their products and is willing to go the extra mile with their Customer Service to back their product.

When looking at warranty, do not be fooled. The fine print often reveals limited warranty on hydraulic components, but longer timelines on the construction of the chute itself. The hydraulic components are the most important element that sets your chute apart. It is important to choose a manufacturer that stands behind their equipment with confidence to give you the best return on your equipment investment, and provide the support you deserve if something ever does go wrong.

2. Quality Components and Parts

Top mounted controls on the Q-Power 104 Series hydraulic chute

The dangers of cheap cattle chutes aren't as well documented as they should be. All it takes is one unfortunate accident to send someone to the hospital, or even worse. The quality of the components and parts that are used to create a reliable hydraulic chute are incredibly important, especially when you are working with less experienced handlers or rowdy livestock who come into the chute hot.

The quality components you should look for on a hydraulic vary greatly from those you may look for on a manual squeeze chute. While there are some similarities - such as the grade of steel, gauge of metal, and weld strength - there are a lot more elements on a hydraulic chute that can wreak havoc on the efficiency and productivity of your ranch.

Look for first-grade steel, quality hydraulic components, easily accessible and replaceable parts, and quality craftsmanship to ensure the chute you are purchasing will last on your operation for years to come.

3. Hydraulic pump options and flexibility

The pump you hook your hydraulic chute up to can make or break the way your chute works once you get it in the field. A high-quality pump that provides the right amount of power for your cattle chute is essential to make sure your chute functions properly and will help to ensure the longevity of your equipment.

In addition, having the flexibility to choose a power source that suits your needs. Whether you're seeking a gas power pack, electric power pack, or tractor hook-up to connect your chute to other hydraulic equipment, it is important to research the right solution for the needs of your operation. Consider investing in more than one power source if you work cattle in multiple areas regularly, or a tractor hook-up or gas power pack if you often work cattle in the field with a portable corral.

Regardless of what style of power pack you choose, make sure you complete the required maintenance regularly to prevent irreversible damage to the hydraulic lines and ensure your hydraulic chute functions as it should.

Ear tagging a cow in the Q-Power 104 Series hydraulic chute

If you're in the market for a new chute, consider an Arrowquip hydraulic chute. We offer a full lineup of hydraulic chutes and accessories designed to make working cattle as easy as possible, with minimal maintenance and little effort required from you.

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How much does a hydraulic chute cost? +

Hydraulic cattle chute prices vary in price greatly depending on the features and how heavy-duty the model is. Cheap hydraulic cattle chutes start at $8,000 USD and go up from there based on the desired add-ons, features, and weight.