What to Expect Upon the Installation of Your New Silencer

So, you’ve made the decision to buy a new Silencer cattle chute. Congratulations!

You’re getting the best hydraulic squeeze chute on the market today. At A.L., we build your chute to your specifications, install it for you and show you and your workers how to use it. You’re going to benefit from all the features you need to keep your operation running smoothly.


Noise Reduction

Silencer cattle chutes feature a patented noise reduction system, consisting of 130 contact points encased in polyethylene. This means that there is considerably less noise during operation than you’ll find with other chutes. The hydraulic pump system is quiet, and there’s little in the way of steel-on-steel, so your animals will feel calmer when in the chute.

Pivot Controls

Pivot controls enable the lever bank to move easily from one side to the other, simply by pivoting the controls. The controls also adjust up and down vertically, delivering greater comfort to the operator. As well, the controls can be operated on only one side at a time. That means improved operator safety, since the need for communication between operators on either side is eliminated.

De-Horner Restraint

The Silencer cattle chute features a hydraulically operated head restraint for dehorning, that pushes the head of the animal downward and makes the horns easier to access. You can use the de-horner head restraint in conjunction with the hydraulic head restraint and the neck bar. In addition, you can release the head doors quickly and easily at any time, even when you’re using the de-horner head restraint.


The angled, louvered blinds on the Silencer cattle chute work to keep the animals for perceiving workers in the “flight zone” when entering the chute, and also reduce the chance of the animal hesitating when moving toward the head gate. The operator’s line of sight is not impaired.

Side Exit

Side exits can be on the left, the right, or both on either the hydraulic or mechanical bottom. You can also use the dual side exit for fitting.

Lower Squeeze

You can switch easily from a 350 pound calf to a 2500 pound bull with no adjustment, or at least with very little, thanks to the Silencer chute’s total door opening system.
You need to be assured that you always have the best possible body control, with maximum head control and neck access in order to place vaccinations precisely. That means that the lower squeeze has to function separately from the top squeeze, and that you have to be able to use it continuously. That’s exactly what the Silencer chute delivers.
On the lower squeeze, both sides adjust easily, and can accommodate side exit on either or both sides along with a full size drop pan. Some hydraulic squeeze chutes sacrifice accessibility to the lower half of the drop pan, but this isn’t a problem with the Silencer.

Rear Walk-Through Doors

If you’ve purchased a Silencer Extended model, you’ll be able to move in behind your animal for pregnancy checking, embryo transfer, semen checking and artificial insemination. The side panels and walk-through doors are designed to keep smaller animals from turning when performing these operations.

Extra Neck Access

The head door on the Silencer chute is rubber-wrapped to guard against shoulder damage and minimize choke-down. Extension bars control the head location while allowing access to the neck, and are adjustable for different sized animals. Silencer is the only cattle chute that provides a full sixteen inches of accessible neck on each side gate. You can hold any animal from 350 to 2500 pounds for easy injection.

Rebar Floor

Silencer’s optional slotted high test rebar floor will outlast the mild steel 3/4″ channel slotted floors used on other chute brands. Slotted floor consists of 3/4” high tensile rebar with a 3/4” spacing between. The rebar floor allows manure to fall through the floor of the chute, keeping the chute cleaner during processing.

Drop Pan

Silencer drop pans are made of 45000 PSI steel, and provide full access to the animal’s underside. The doors can be removed easily simply by lowering it and sliding it to one side.

Half Drop Pan

The Silencer half drop pan gives the operator partial access to the animal’s underside, without needing to lower the pan. It can be used in conjunction with the leg puller.

Hydraulic Head Restraint

The hydraulic head restraint is a fast and easy way to control the head when tagging, mouthing, drenching, etc. It provides easy access to the neck, and prevents the animal from moving its head around. It’s adjustable for various sizes. If an error occurs when using the head restraint, a shear pin causes the bar to break away so that the equipment isn’t damaged and the animal isn’t injured. A pressure relief valve delivers a high volume of oil at a low pressure, so that the head gate works quickly but does not cause undue pressure on the animal.
When using the hydraulic head restraint, remove the neck extender bar. When the head restraint is in the vertical position, it works in the same way as a neck extender, with access to the neck when additional control isn’t needed. The hydraulic head restraint is easy to remove if you don’t need it.

Hydraulic Leg Pull

The hydraulic leg pull operates with the drop pan down, or with the half drop pan installed. It provides control of the animal’s leg and lifts in when working with the foot, castrating, etc.

Electric or Gas Pump

Your Silencer chute will be powered either with an electric pump or a gas pump. The electric pump is available in both 220 single and 3-phase, and is equipped with an oil breather/fill cap, reservoir and spin on filter in a self-contained unit. The gas pump is best for remote operations, and is equipped with pressure relief, oil filter, reservoir and female quick couplers.