One Man Operation. Total Control.

Published on Wed, 07/12/2017 - 2:52pm

One Man Operation. Total Control.

By Dana Charban

As an industry leader in cattle handling equipment, Arrowquip’s reputation precedes them. Their name is recognized around the world for their lineup of innovative livestock handling solutions and rancher-friendly equipment. With products ranging from the BudFlow® Cattle Tub that uses cattle psychology to the benefit of the handler to their highly efficient Portable Cattle Handling Systems, Arrowquip elevates every piece of cattle equipment they develop to a new level. Their entire lineup is world-renowned for the innovation behind each piece of equipment, but there is no better-known piece of equipment than Arrowquip’s Q-Catch 86 Series cattle chute. The New Q-Catch 86 Series has redefined the cattle handling industry with silent operation, and has quickly become known throughout the industry as the best cattle squeeze chute ever manufactured. When Arrowquip asked the question, “Why settle for ordinary cattle equipment?”, their answer was the Q-Catch 86 Series. The industry has never seen a chute quite like this. The new 600 Series Q-Catch has been thoughtfully designed from top to bottom with the sole purpose of making cattle handling easier, faster, and safer for the operator and their livestock. They have created a chute that features one-man operation and can handle cattle of any size with no adjustments necessary. ‘Be Arrowquip Innovative’ is  more than just a slogan – it is the driving force behind who they are as a company.”
Research is at the core of what Arrowquip believes in, and this belief is reflected in their skilled Research and Development team. This R&D dream team of engineers, cattle handling experts and ranchers with generations of experience forms the backbone of Arrowquip, and the hundreds of research and design hours they put into their equipment can be seen in every inch of the Q-Catch 86 Series. With its user-friendly design, auto-locking mechanisms, single lever controls, and the best access offered in any cattle chute on the market, the Q-Catch 86 Series is much more than quiet - it is everything a rancher could possibly need for their operation.

Arrowquip is not afraid to take on a challenge, instead they take what others say cannot be done and make it happen. Silence is golden when it comes to handling cattle, and Arrowquip has taken every possible step to eliminate operating noise from the Q-Catch. From noise reducing poly bushings and rubber coated hinges to rubber floors and welded stays, everything on the Q-Catch is designed to be silent. Renowned as the quietest chute on the market, the Q-Catch 86 Series is the most sought-after cattle chute by ranchers across North America. Rumor has it dealers are selling the equipment by the truck before they have even arrived on the lot!
While most manual catch chutes require extra hands and extra work for the operator, Arrowquip does things differently, as always. Their Q-Catch 86 Series Manual Chute features the most innovative method of operation ever seen in a cattle chute. You can use the head gate handle from any point along the side of the chute from front-to-back, eliminating the need for extra hands in your operation! A solo operator can stand at the back of the chute to run the head and tail gates simultaneously, eliminating the need for a second operator and ensuring solid, secure catches every time. The one-man operation title is no longer owned exclusively by the self-catch head gate.
Arrowquip is often asked why they do not manufacture self-catch head gates for their chutes, and their answer always the same. “The Q-Catch manual head gate has been recognized globally as the easiest way to work cattle – even easier than a self-catch!” The drive to find new, more efficient ways for ranchers to handle their cattle has allowed them to develop the most innovative manual catch out there, the world-renowned Q-Catch Head Gate.

This chute can handle any animal from the smallest calf to the largest bull, and the dual friction lock box allows you to handle cattle of any size without a single adjustment – simply position the squeeze at a suitable width for the animal you are handling. Arrowquip has thoughtfully crafted every inch of the Q-Catch to provide the control and access necessary to work cattle of any size with ease. The squeeze ranges from 29½” fully open to just 7¾” when closed, and the curtain-style head gate opens to a full 30”. There are no hip-catches or foot traps to be found when going through the chute either, offering additional safety for the animal and ease of use for the operator.
Access is incredibly important to the rancher operation for tasks of all kinds. Arrowquip has taken this into consideration, providing a fully removable 12.75” of neck access and side access panels that can be configured to suit your needs.  The top and bottom side access doors can be used individually or together as a full side exit, providing additional safety and flexibility to the rancher operation. No matter what type of cattle access you require, the Q-Catch 86 Series has been designed to provide it and more.
The true extent of Arrowquip’s innovation and expertise in the cattle handling industry can be seen in two small additions to the Q-Catch 86 Series, the Head Holder and Sternum Bar. The Head Holder is renowned as the easiest and most efficient way to complete any procedure that requires access to the animal’s head. Even the rowdiest calves calm down immediately once the Head Holder is secured around their neck, and the sternum bar is designed to keep cattle from going down in the chute. When paired with the Q-Catch, this trio is bound to increase the efficiency of any cattle handling operation.
Arrowquip’s Q-Catch 86 Series cattle chute is innovation at its finest. The time and effort invested in the development of this cattle chute is apparent in every inch of the finished product. Silence, access, one-man operation, and the list goes on and on. Arrowquip has truly outdone themselves with the all new Q-Catch 86 Series Cattle Chute. For more information, please visit
https://arrowquip.com or contact Arrowquip at info@arrowquip.com.


Q-CATCH Q&A.

YOUR QUESTIONS.
ARROWQUIP’S ANSWERS.

“WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS THERE UNDER THE RUBBER FLOOR?”
The rubber floor is fully supported from front to back with 7-gauge (3/16) metal pans featuring drainage spouts.

“WHAT DOES THE ‘Q’ STAND FOR?”
Quick. Quiet. Quality. The concept behind the Q-Catch lineup is to provide ranchers with the best in cattle handling solutions to benefit their operation and their bottom line.

“IT LOOKS GOOD, BUT I NEED HYDRAULICS FOR MY OPERATION. DO YOU MAKE A HYDRAULIC CHUTE?”
Yes, we do! The Q-Power 106 Series is exactly like the Q-Catch 86 Series, but features hydraulic operation designed for the cow-calf operation.

“CAN I INSTALL A SCALE IN THE CHUTE?”
Yes! The Q-Catch 86 Series is custom designed to work with Gallagher and Tru-Test Scales and Alleyway load bars.

“CAN IT REALLY WORK COWS, CALVES, AND BULLS WITH NO ADJUSTMENTS? IT SEEMS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE.”
Yes, it can! The squeeze opens to 29½” and squeezes down to 7¾”, the palpation cage squeezes with the chute, and the curtain-style head gate opens to a full 30” top-to-bottom. The auto-locking mechanism with infinite adjustments ensures that the squeeze stays put without the hassle of adjusting the chute for cattle of varying sizes. That means you can handle any cow, bull or calf in the same chute, and there is no calf table needed!


THE SILENT CATTLE CHUTE

SPECS
• 1950 lbs.
• 54.63” wide x 92.23” high x 129.89” long

Q-CATCH HEAD GATE
• Single lever push-pull operation

• No adjustments needed
• Curtain-style straight head gate opens to a full 30” top to bottom
• Patented locking mechanism

• Poly roller brushings offer years of hassle-free operation

ONE MAN OPERATION
• Head gate operation handle can be situated anywhere along the side of the chute
• User-friendly handle reduces operators fatigue

SQUEEZE
• Single lever push-pull operation
• Dual friction lock with infinite adjustments
• Ranges from 29½” to 7¾”

SILENCE
• Poly bushings reduce noise
• Quietest flooring system on the market

NEEDLE DOOR
• Completely removable panel with 12.75” of access to the neck

SIDE ACCESS
• Swing-out top and bottom access doors can be used independently or together as a full side exit
• Side access panels are removable and can be used individually or together to access the whole animal

RUBBER FLOORS
• Maintenance-free molded rubber
• Removable and replaceable
• Patent-pending

DUAL ROWS OF RUMP BAR FINGERS
• Top row of rump bar fingers extends to the back of the chute
• Second row of rump bar fingers provides extra control for cattle of any size
• Nylon rump bar fingers are engineered to endure high pressure
• Heavy duty fiberglass rump bar is rubber coated to ensure it does  not slip

VET CAGE DOORS
• Both doors swing 180°, offering maximum control and flexibility
• Improved low-profile slam latch