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 06-03-2005, 20:57 Post: 111928
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I'm trying to decide whether to get a 3pt spreader for my tractor or one that mounts on an ATV.
I need to spread lime and then grass seed over a total area of 12-14 acres. Most of it is open and no problem for the tractor. I do have a few areas where the ATV would be the only way to go.

Suggestions? Aslo suggestions on brand would be helpful.

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 06-06-2005, 17:11 Post: 112001
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Vicon makes some nice spreaders.






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 06-07-2005, 22:19 Post: 112053
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Most spreaders do NOT perform at all on powdered lime. The small agitators they ALL have just help compact the lime so tight you can hardly get your hands thru it. Spreading lime over that much acerage with a pelletized lime would cost you an arm an leg. This may go against everything we stand for here, but I suggest you do one of two things.
1) pay for a guy to come out with his truck and spread the lime. Roughly about 27 bucks a ton (give or take)
2) Go to your co-op or feed stare and see if they have a lime spreader you can use. What I mean by this is a pull behind spreader (you pull with your truck) that they will fill with around 3 ton of lime. Usually it is free to use or very very cheap rental as long as you buy the lime from them.
That many acres to lime would be very teedious to do by hand with a 3 point spreader or worse yet an atv spreader. With the powdered lime you wont do it with what you were talking about using.
Thats my experiance here in Wi. anyway's. Maybe others will have anouther opinion but I will stand by what I have learned the hard way.
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 06-08-2005, 05:44 Post: 112060
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I never thought about renting a spreader - I'll look into that and see whats available around here.

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 06-08-2005, 08:01 Post: 112068
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I strongly agreee with Brokenarrow. Ag lime is cheap compared to the bag type lime but a royal pain to spread without the truck or a lime spreader. Most farmers around here just have the truck come out and spread it for them as the effort and cost is just not worth it.






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 06-08-2005, 23:00 Post: 112105
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Last year I thought I still needed more lime on my small food plot out back (as it turned out the new soil test I got this year now reads 6.9 ph Laughing out loud) Anyway I did not want to try a pull spreader again (it is fruitless to do that) So I had a great (or I thought a great ) idea. I loaded up my bucket with bags of ag lime and headed out to the plot. I had my bro-in-law drive my tractor backwards I opened up 4 bags at a time and left them on the edge. As he crept backwards I walked behind the front of the tractor digging into the lime with my arms and hands and throwing the lime as far as I could with a sweeping motion.
Yes it worked just fine. I broadcast about a ton on lime on that 3/4 acre plot in about 30 min. I looked like the pilsbury dough boy when I was finished. Covered head to toe with lime. Yes it was about 90 degrees out also so it stuck very nicely to myself. Although what I did worked, and for the small acreage I had to do it was NOT worth having it done for me especially since the lime trucks require a full load (14 ton atleast). I would not think about anything larger than an acre by hand though unless I was really in a bind.
Mike
Like I said, good luck hope things work out for you and let us know what you end up using?
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