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 01-08-2008, 12:40 Post: 150054
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Does anyone have a small spreader (25 bu.) they use? I just have two horses and don't want to spend a fortune to toss crap around. I see there is a wood one that sells for around $850 and everything else in that size is $1500 and up. Any advice or experience would be more than welcome.






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 01-08-2008, 15:01 Post: 150060
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I understand your problem and you are not alone. It often is cheaper to buy a bigger spreader and park it for a month or more to load it. I do recommend if you are going to spread in the winter to buy a PTO drive not a ground as on slippery surfaces they often slide.
With horse manure it doesn't eat the preaders up like the cow maunure does so they last longer then any horses will.






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 01-08-2008, 16:04 Post: 150064
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Art, I have read many of your post over the years and respect your opinion highly but must disagree somewhat on this one with you. I have a small 25bu ground drive spreader made by Mill creek, my wife empties it every other day using an atv to pull it. We have never had any problems with it sliding. I'm in PA so we don't always have mild winters. Several times when the snow was over 8" she would have to wait to spread until the snow froze and believe it or not she could drive on top of the snow and empty the spreader. Pitt as far as expence I think I paid around $1200. This summer after 5 years the body rotted through and I had to repair with sheet metal. Mill creek offerd a plastic body for about $300-$400 more. I know it sounds like alot but if I could do it over I would spend the extra. I think it had a very long or lifetime warranty. Check out my pic#13.Good luck



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 01-09-2008, 08:48 Post: 150082
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Depending on where you live, eight inches of snow might just be a half days snow fall. Even for farmers with big tractors and equipment they will stack manure around here until they can get out in the fields easier in the spring. That would be good cause for the pto drive for our area.
I'm suprised that the box on a millcreek would go bad in just five years! You must not be putting to much hay into it and leaving it in the weather for it to go bad so quickly.
A year or two ago we hadd a fellow in that was looking for a part to his spreader, a sprocket off the wheel that drove it. The spreader had always been in the family on a three generation horse farm and was older then I am. That's old for a working spreader!






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 01-09-2008, 13:20 Post: 150099
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Thanks for the replies. I looked into a little spreader called the Newer Spreader for around 1K but decided against that one. I won't work with any hay/straw in the mix and wn't work if the manure is wet.
I see that the new Mill Creek spreaders have a poly floor now and sell for around $1700 for the model 27.






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 01-09-2008, 14:15 Post: 150101
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If it helps any, I can tell you from a manufacturing point of view, $1700 is not a lot of money.

First strike against this sort of thing is it's a pretty limited market, so there isn't much economy of scale.

Next is the structure and cost of same, price out a similar box trailer, then add the beaters, etc., to that cost.

Finally, there is the cost of shipping a bulky product, and the markup of a dealer if there is one.

Most of the places around here, this is horse country, use (as Art mentioned) a larger, albeit used, spreader and depending on the size of tractor, just don't fill it all the way up.

Best of luck.






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 01-09-2008, 15:22 Post: 150105
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Art I was also suprised it rotted in only 5 years. The spreader does not sit out in the weather and is emptied every two days that is why I recommened the poly floor. I realize snow fall varies depending on where you are located. I have already stacked the manure until able to spread too and the small ground drive spreader worked just fine. I think for someone with just a couple of head and maybe limited space it is easier to store, pull and work on one of the small spreaders. Thanks to whoever is adding my pictures I am trying but have not got it right yet.






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 01-09-2008, 15:32 Post: 150106
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Doc, I edited your post, the problem was a simple one, you copied the web address from the PAGE you were on, not the PICTURE itself.

The simplest way to do it is to get to the picture you want, then put the mouse over the picture itself and RIGHT click your mouse, then select "copy image location" then paste that into the "image URL" box.

If it's still unclear just whistle, myself or someone will help you out. No problem.


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I am so relieved to find out this thread is about tractor implements.

When I first saw the topic I was worried someone had run into a couple of my younger brothers.






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DR, that gave me the best laugh I have had in a while. By chance are they running for president? kt






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