Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Old and new: My favorite gate latch

When I moved to this farm I had never seen the type of latch that I found here.   It's called a chain hook, and it's pretty much just that.  It has a small link on one end that you can attach to your gate, and a hook on the other side that has a catch in it.  

chain hook setup
 You can use the chain hooks with the big staple supplied, but I much prefer to put in an eye-bolt.  It's much more secure, and given that my animals are hard on fences, I need that extra bit of strength.
the chain hook itself
In the picture above I've mounted the eye-bolt on the inside of the pen.  That allows me to get the gate tight shut, which is important for what I'm doing - piglets are pretty small, and I need a piglet-tight fence most of the time.

The biggest reason that I like this latch is that it can be latched and unlatched with one hand, and pretty quickly.  Once latched, it's impossible for the animal to unlatch no matter how much it's wiggled.  So a cow that is messing with this latch will never get out.  Pigs usually don't get high enough to bother the latch, but it's nice to know that if they did they'd be defeated too.

These are about $6, and i purchased them online, from kencove, but I am mixed about kencove as a merchant.  I ordered 10 of them, and it took about 6 weeks for them to get to me.  That's a very long time.  I ordered another 20 of them, and if it takes 4 to 6 weeks to get them, I don' think that I'll order from them again.

I'm going to switch most of the gates on my farm to this latch.


3 comments:

EBrown said...

I am surprised by your Kencove experience. I've bought stuff from them here and there over the years and have only ever had good experiences working with them. They don't carry crappy products and tools the way many, many other farm stores do. Well, maybe they do carry crap, but I haven't bought it from them.

Dave said...

Search chain hook on amazon, lots of options and some look very similar to what you show

Jeff said...

That's the only type of latch as far as I'm concerned.