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Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? #15012460 07/01/20
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I think a trucker selling the lightweight gates told me there were two places in the same town in Kentucky that made, and sold gates.
He said they started with oak lumber gates using local sawmill lumber, and changed to steel tubing when farmers in the Midwest liked the steel better.

He also said they used a million dollar machine to make the tubing from sheet steel, buying tube steel would be too high priced.

He also said Jack Daniels whiskey was cheaper in Iowa, than Kentucky. laugh

I don't think I've seen a gate truck in 25 years.


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Re: Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? [Re: wabigoon] #15012918 07/01/20
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Richard, we still have the trucks making the rounds down here, but a lot of cowmen soured on the real light gates as they crumple pretty easily.

The continuous fence panels are pretty popular now, as are the heavier gates available from all the farm stores.

For a while the hot thing was oilfield pipe and sucker rod, but don't see as much of that lately.


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Re: Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? [Re: wabigoon] #15013080 07/01/20
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I don't miss the trucks, we can buy any quality gates from local stores.


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Re: Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? [Re: wabigoon] #15014890 07/02/20
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I've bought gates, corral panels, and round bale feeders off those trucks. There are two grades of them, and here we refer to the heavy gates as bull gates. The lighter weight gates, regardless of where they come from, won't stand up to a lot of abuse. However, I've had good luck with the heavier ones. Tarter is one of the companies here who make and sell gates and such. I was buying them off a gate truck that will take your order, then deliver it when they come through your area. Then, a local farm store started carrying them, and they will sell "seconds", which only have a scratch on the paint or a little dent, for a nice discount. That way I can buy a heavy gate for what a lighter one would cost.

Re: Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? [Re: wabigoon] #15015074 07/02/20
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For a heavy gate, and they are that, the Sioux gates, and Farmmaster gates stand up well.

If you are made out of money, and the gate post will hold it, the Power River gates are rugged.


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Re: Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? [Re: wabigoon] #15047791 07/13/20
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Originally Posted by wabigoon
I think a trucker selling the lightweight gates told me there were two places in the same town in Kentucky that made, and sold gates.
He said they started with oak lumber gates using local sawmill lumber, and changed to steel tubing when farmers in the Midwest liked the steel better.

He also said they used a million dollar machine to make the tubing from sheet steel, buying tube steel would be too high priced.

He also said Jack Daniels whiskey was cheaper in Iowa, than Kentucky. laugh

I don't think I've seen a gate truck in 25 years.



The gates are made in Dunnville, KY, a wide spot in the road near the small town of Liberty. One family started the whole business, last name of Tarter. I am pretty certain the factories that are in Dunnville currently all sprang from that first family to start making them. At one time they were selling gates all over the US, and you can still see trucks loaded down with them rolling out of southern and central KY.

Re: Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? [Re: wabigoon] #15050322 07/14/20
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I remember the Kentucky gate trucks making the rounds of rural NW Illinois when I was a kid. Was always told the truck driver could not head home until he had sold all his gates. Makes sense. Do not see them these days, but a lot less livestock in that area now.

Re: Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? [Re: wabigoon] #15050489 07/14/20
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Tarter is sold here at farm supply stores.
We have one on the road going into the cabin. Had one of the old galvanized "panel" gates go may as hell and didn't last 5 years. Tube steel is about all you see around here now.


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Re: Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? [Re: wabigoon] #15050905 07/14/20
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Gate factories are still a pretty big operation in Dunnville. They employ a lot of people in a very small community where there isn't much else.

Re: Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? [Re: wabigoon] #15051337 07/15/20
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One of the interesting things about this place, you learn about most all North America.


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Re: Those Gate Trucks from Kentucky? [Re: wabigoon] #15052532 07/15/20
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The gate truck that I buy off of will deliver to you, if you call him and tell him what you want. He is a character, big Trump fan. I believe he'd talk politics all day if you'd let him.


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