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Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1288 Wisconsin
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2011-08-03          179648


Hi all, long time eh? I need to borrow a large pull type 15 year old fertilizer spreader from a co-op. Not knowing its size but(It will handle at least 6K) what size tractor would be suggested at min.? What catagory is likely for it to be? Thanks much

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hardwood
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2011-08-04          179652


Broken;
Yes, it's been a while since you've been around, welcome back.
The pull type spreaders I've used would need a 60-70 hp. minimum size tractor if all conditions were ideal, like dry fields, no wet spots, steep inclines, etc. The size load you put on it has a great bearing on the size tractor needed too. With ideal conditions a 60 - 70 hp. tractor will handle a couple tons of product without much strain.
Frank. ....

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DennisCTB
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2011-08-04          179660


Broken,

Good to see you back :)

You have been gone so long your thumb nail pix is not showing up, something else for me to fix on TP ! ....

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kthompson
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2011-08-04          179661


I will join with Frank and Dennis, glad to see you.

I read you will be pulling 6 ton load and have used about same load with two wheel pull spreader with tractor as Frank recommended with no problem. Fields were dry and are flat. Will tell you if I still had full size four wheel drive pickup could have pulled it with it in low range. All my thoughts are this is a pull spreader and needs no hyd or pto power from the tractor. All power it needs from spreading is supplied through the drive train. ....

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2011-08-04          179666


Great, thanks Hardwood. I have a tractor lined up to borrow that is 75hp. Im hopeing I should be good.
Thanks again
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Murf
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2011-08-04          179669


I would say it's more as Frank alluded to, field conditions.

On our turf grass crops, we use a 40hp class of machine, but it's as flat and hard as a billiards table and compaction is a huge issue.

On our rolling fields, we use a 80-100hp unit.

If you think it's going to be an issue, you can always ask them to only load 1/2 the fertilizer in the spreader and do it in 2 runs.


Best of luck. ....

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