Hydraulic XLT Bison Chute

Hydraulic XLT Bison Chute

Built to Buffalo – From 300 to 3000 lbs!

Simple. Durable. Effective.

The hydraulic XLT was innovated to offer all of the required options for an efficient, effective, and humane bison chute as standard features with the added efficiency and decreased effort of hydraulics. Extra long and extra tall matters just as much as the double sided, double adjustable squeeze doors… this chute will fit a 300lb calf or a 3000lb bull.  The goal of our bison squeeze chute is to maximize safety and effectiveness when handling bison, to the benefit of both the bison and the producer or zoo facility. This is achieved by using a species-specific approach in the design of all aspects of the bison squeeze chute. It is a given that any bison chute is constructed of heavy duty steel, but of equal importance, if not more so, is the need to incorporate how bison visualize their surroundings and react to stimuli around them, particularly in instances of high stress. This approach allows producers to work WITH the bison to achieve the desired result rather than forcing bison through a handling system and causing unnecessary losses due to stress and physical trauma.

Vital’s colors are brown and white for a specific reason: bison have dichromatic vision, and do not see colors the same as humans. We paint our bison chutes, pre-alleys, and entire handling facilities brown with strategic placement of bright white to facilitate the forward movement desired. As a result, bison move forward through the handling facility and the squeeze chute with less effort and less stress. The smooth sided and fully sheeted interior acts to reduce separation anxiety, fear of close contact with humans, and rearing to escape. Rumber flooring and quiet access doors further contribute to reducing the stress bison experience while in the chute. The overall design and function of the squeeze chute allows bison to relax once inside, which decreases physical trauma to the bison and wear and tear on the chute.

Hydraulic controls are located on a pivoting arm that allows the operator the ability to maneuver from the rear of the chute to the front of the crashcage without ever leaving the controls. The standard hydraulic bison squeeze chute comes with 30’ hydraulic lines with quick disconnects, allowing the hydraulics to be powered by a tractor’s hydraulics. Alternatively, a gas or electric powerpack is available. The 30’ lines allows for placement of the powerpack or tractor far enough away from the chute that the noise and vibrations do not negatively impact bison flow through the chute.

Our hydraulic bison squeeze chute offers all the required options for an efficient, effective, and humane bison chute as standard features. From digital scales to full body access to reflective color technology, our bison chutes are guaranteed to maximize your efficiency and functionality when you handle your bison. No add-ons needed!

Standard Features:

  • Scales with Rugged Load Cell Assemblies and Digital Indicator
  • Emergency/Escape Doors on Both Sides, Providing 3 avenues of exiting the chute
  • Horizontal Rear Sliding Gate
  • Double Sided Squeeze to Fit the Unique Shape of Each Bison
  • Return Slant Bottom on Crash Cage
  • Headgate, Squeeze, and Rear Gate are Operated by Controls Mounted on a Pivoting Arm
  • Full Front Opening Headgate
  • Hinged Neck Panels for easy vaccination and injections
  • Fully Sheeted on All Sides
  • Non-Slip, Durable Rumber Floor with Unobtrusive, but Effective Traction Bars
  • Grease Zerts on All Pivot Points
  • Bison Brown Paint with Reflective Color Technology
  • Quiet Operation
  • Lifetime Warranty on Workmanship

Optional Items:

  • Custom Logo & Color
  • Other Customization Available Upon Request


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