Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you offer a Form versus a steel cattle guard?

Our engineered concrete FORM gives you a huge advantage. You get more for less. With this FORM you can pour your own HS-20 concrete cattle guard for way less than what it would cost in steel. Concrete cattle guards are superior in strength and longevity compared to steel. Our “cast-in-place” concrete FORM will give you a cattle guard that delivers better protection against horizontal or vertical impacts and most importantly weather and water. Steel cattle guards are sold more often because they’re cheaper to make and lighter (and less expensive) to ship compared to concrete.

Having said that, steel cattle guards are still heavy (Many times heavier than our form). So heavy that you’ll have to have a forklift to offload. Our concrete form (pre-installed with high-tensile strength light-weight GFRP rebar) weighs only 140 pounds. It’s easier to off-load and install. Once the form is filled with 4000 psi concrete you have a HS-20 rated, rust proof (GFRP doesn’t rust), cattle guard at an affordable price.

Our Reusable cattle guard form weighs only 78 pounds. And is rated at HS-20 also (You install your own rebar)

Do these cattle guards come with the rebar already installed?

Our Texan stay in the Ground cattle Guard Form you buy has been engineered with pre-installed rebar already set to meet the HS-20 Standards!

Our Reusable cattle guard does not come with rebar (you will buy ½” rebar and install)

What kind of loads will your finished cattle guard support?

We engineer our Cattle Guards backed with P.E. certification. Each is sealed with an HS-20 load rating or 32,000 pounds per axle. To put that in perspective a loaded 120 HP John Deere weighs about 12,000 pounds. Which is only 6 to 7,000 pounds over the rear axle.

Can it support a loaded semi?

Whatever the DOT allows on the highways these cattle guards can handle. The DOT limits the weight of a standard 5-axle tractor trailer on interstate highways to 80,000 lbs. (20,000 lbs over a single axle, 34,000 over dual axles). An ‘economical’ cattle guard would collapse under these stresses. Which is why we only offer HS-20 rated cattle guards.

Will these work as horse or deer guards?

We can say that we have the safest Cattle guards on the market because the gaps between our cattle guard beams are 5″ at the top then narrow at the ground to 2.5″ which helps to keep animal’s hoof from getting caught or trapped. Other cattle guards allow the whole leg to go through and this could damage a horse or cow’s leg.

We know that some horse owners use cattle guards as a deterrent. Most deer or horse guards work by placing two – 8′ x 6′ cattle guards (assuming you want to secure an 8′ opening) in front of one another giving you 12′ x 8′ span (12′ front to back).

With our Reusable cattle guard forms you can make as many as you like to make it as wide or as long as you like.

Why do you only offer an 8×6′ FORM?

There’s no need! Wings mounted on the sides of our form can compensate for larger gate openings. If you have a 10 to 12′ gate opening an 8′ wide cattle guard WITH WINGS ADJUSTED ON BOTH SIDES can accommodate your needs. Ever wonder why some cattle guards stop at 14′ widths? Especially, when a 16′ gate opening is one of the most popular gate widths? The main reason is that side-wings will adjust to make up the difference and keep cows from slipping around the sides. Set two 8×6′ cattle guards side by side to cover a 16′ to 20′ opening as well.

Our reusable cattle guard forms are for the farmer who wants to save even more money and take his time and pour at the convenience of his barn using bagged concrete and eliminating calling big ready mix concrete trucks. He also needs them to be moveable

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How much concrete does each 8×6’form need

You will need 1 1/3 cubic yards for each 8×6′ form. The best and fastest way to get the job done is to order a ready mix concrete truck asking for a 4,000 psi at a slump of 6 or 7. Slump is simply a measure (1-10) to gauge the consistency of concrete. A slump of 7 will enable you to pour and move the concrete into each beam with minimal effort…

*NOTE: WE PROVIDE YOU COMPLETE INSTALLATION DETAILS IN WRITING, VIDEO, and PHONE SUPPORT IF NEEDED.

The usual cost to order a concrete truck ranges from $80-$100/cu.yd. Plus a $60-$100 delivery fee. Prices vary area to area, and the distance to the concrete company. The bottom line: An 8×6′ form (needing 1 1/3 cubic yards of concrete) will usually cost a maximum $250. Figure roughly $350 for two 8×6′ forms.

Our reusable cattle guard form takes 12 bags 80lb.  Mix 4000PSI

See the image below for a list of everything you’ll need for the CowStop Reusable Cattle Guard.

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