frequently asked questions

Get some of your most pressing questions about our systems answered here. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for, please contact our helpful staff. Cablevey is proud to provide customer service and support superior to what you would find at any other large international dealer. We provide friendly, midwestern one-on-one service for all questions and concerns.

Why use cable over other types of conveying?
Cablevey gently moves the feed which prevents damage and breaking of the pellets. The gentle movement does not stir or tumble the feed, which causes separation of the ingredients, which means animals do not get the proper amounts of ingredients. This is especially true with auger conveying.
What kind of maintenance is required?
The cable and discs are the “heart” of the Cablevey system so the discs, cable, and cable connector need to be observed occasionally for wear and damage from foreign objects that might have inadvertently entered the system.
I have to feed my large animals six times daily (about 75 pounds each feeding). What type of system would you recommend?
The 2-inch system should be adequate, as it has the capacity of 2,800 pounds (1,270 Kg) per hour.
When you say your systems maintain the integrity of the blend- what does this mean?
As mentioned above, the gentle movement of this feed does not stir or tumble the feed which causes separation of the ingredients.
Could I use this system to feed our alligators?
Yes. We currently have systems in the gulf states that feed alligators.
Why do you have a 1½-inch system and a 2-inch system?
The 1.5-inch system is specially designed for poultry, as the disc is designed to fit inside the trough and poultry is allowed to eat around the cable. The 2-inch system is designed for larger livestock such as swine and dairy.
How long have you been doing this?
The first Cablevey system was installed in Ontario, Canada in 1974. Extensive research and marketing of the Cablevey feeding system began later that year, involving shipments to Canada, Australia, and England. Since that time, thousands of Cablevey systems have been manufactured and installed in 47 states and over 35 countries.
Do you offer any type of guarantee?
Yes; when our feeding systems are installed within the recommended limitation, we guarantee it to be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service when used for its intended purpose. This guarantee is effective for one year from the date of purchase.
How long does the cable last?
There are several variables when determining how long cable will last. System layout, installation environment, product conveyed, and system maintenance all contribute to the determination of cable productivity. Ultimately, cable life is determined by the system load and the number of beds or flexes in the installed environment.
Will the cable stretch?
All agricultural cable is pre-stretched by the supplier. However, there is a minimal stretch as the cable is used, which will not affect the system functions. To accommodate this minimal amount of stretch, there is a spring-loaded mechanism in the drive unit that compensates for this.
How do you change the cable?
Attach the end of the new cable to the end of the old cable. As the end of the old cable is being pulled out, the new cable is pulled in behind it. The cable changing process is made easy because of Cablevey’s open-top tube.
What different sizes of feed drops are there?
  • 6 pound (2.72kg)
  • 8 pound (3.62kg)
  • 12 pound (5.44kg)
What is the difference between chain and cable?
Cables work in almost pure tension, which simply means that the load and force is directed through the center of the cable. The cable is not loaded in bending until it flexes. Chain is loaded in bending, which causes high-tensile stresses on every link in the system. To overcome these stresses, chains rated for the same tension as cable are much heavier than cable. Chain means more weight, more friction, and higher tension. This requires more force, which causes more wear to discs, larger motors, and higher energy consumption.
What kind of livestock are you feeding now?
Some of our major livestock categories are:


  • Poultry
  • Swine
  • Dairy
  • Aquaculture



How many feet can a Cablevey system span?
This is dependent on how many corners you have and the material being conveyed. In some applications using the minimal amount of corners (4, because system is designed as a loop), the system can go over 1,000 feet (304.8m).



Do you install in my country?
Cablevey has installed systems worldwide. Contact us to discuss how we can help!



Who uses this type of system?
Any agricultural application working to feed their livestock (swine, poultry, dairy, aquaculture, and more!) more efficiently and effectively.



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