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Protecting a manure spreader
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Tom A    Posted 12-30-2002 at 04:44:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got a 1940 NI manure spreader from the wife for Christmas. All original and in wonderful shape, still has the oil can in the rack and all the tools in the toolbox. Wood is almost perfect.

An old farmer friend suggested I use old motor oil and paint the inside with it to protect the wood...he says that is what they always did on their farm.

EPA objections aside, any comments on this, or any other suggestions for preserving this spreader? I will be using it probably monthly for mule/goat/sheep manure and barn muck. It'll be kept under cover in the shed when it isn't being used.

Tom A

Les    Posted 12-30-2002 at 14:54:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
My father always put old motor oil on the bed. Sure, the wood is replaceable but why replace it if you don't have to?

Walt    Posted 12-30-2002 at 09:49:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Only city people would wash a spreader out, use motor oil on it or a wood preserver, the bed boards are replaceable, otherwise don't use it, park it in front of your house and plant flowers in it.



mark ct    Posted 12-30-2002 at 20:18:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
yea wood is replacable but why replace it if ya dont gota, thats like sayin that why would you bother to change the oil in your car since the engine is replacable. there is no reason not to preserve the wood. also the oil helps the metal parts of the spreader keep from rusting as fast too. those are alot harder to replace

Walt    Posted 12-31-2002 at 03:18:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have the time go for it, a good bed made out of locust or treated wood will last 20+ years in the weather. Most farmers are too busy to wash their spreader out after each use, I've replaced one board in 25 years. Guess I look at it as a tool and not an antique.

Tom A    Posted 12-31-2002 at 05:10:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Guess me and most of my neighbors take better care of their tools than some other folks. My spreader is 62 years old, never had any boards replaced. I'm guessing a few minutes of good care saves both the time and expense of replacing any boards...or any parts on my other tools. I try to buy good tools and then take good care of them, so I only have to buy it all once.


DeadCarp    Posted 12-30-2002 at 09:45:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Considering we have a small freezing up here in Mn, we don't spread much this time of year. Best way to make that sweetheart last is to do the things you mentioned, and then only use it in the Spring. Saves hosing too. Remember, wood rots fastest against other wood, (that's why porches fall off) so don't store plywood or something in there! They're sure a hit in parades! The yarn-spinners seem attracted to them. :)

Gary, Mt Hermon, La    Posted 12-30-2002 at 06:44:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
motor oil ? I'd mix it with desiel fuel. It will be thinner and will soak into the wood more.

Fawteen    Posted 12-30-2002 at 04:47:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
That'd be the plan I'd use. Also, take the time to hose it out good before storing it. The juices that manure contains are more than somewhat corrosive.

Geeze, and I though I was the only one to wash my spreader and park it in a shed...

sHan    Posted 12-30-2002 at 06:31:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
wash it and put it in the shed??? I thought ya was full of it all the time LOL have a good 1

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