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Manure spreader for garden tractor
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jamo    Posted 04-13-2003 at 20:27:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My very kind neighbors brought down their tractor and spreader for us to load our pile into. It will take a few more spreads before it's gone. While we were talking they mentioned that they had seen small spreaders that hook on to your garden tractor, no PTO, ground driven. We don't have a regular tractor so this seemed right up our alley. Looked at several on sites but I'd like to know if anyone knows anything about them. Thanks, Jan


screaminghollow    Posted 04-14-2003 at 15:20:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
The little ones don't hold but a few bushels and it almost seems easier to shovel the stuff or use a little lawn dump cart and dump the piles and drag a disc through it or rototill through. Full size New Ideas used are cheaper than the little ones. A neighbor has an orange spreader, medium sized one that appears to be made from plastic. Never got close enough to see what brand.
One guy I know was given an old silage loader with a conveyor belt. He put studs on the belt and hooked a ground drive wheel (motor cycle wheel) that drops to the ground when he's ready to spread and it seems to work great. For every five feet forward the conveyor travels about 12 inches. The price was right too!.


QH Mom    Posted 04-14-2003 at 19:43:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well for folks like us with 4 horses and no tractor or discer it is a real blessing..:O) It is not for everyone I admit.


QHMom    Posted 04-14-2003 at 04:25:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
You may want to check out the "Newer Spreader". They are for small barn owners[4-6 horses] and can be pulled with an ATV,riding lawnmower,etc. They sell for right at 600 delivered.
They do have a website.


Tom A    Posted 04-14-2003 at 02:44:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jamo:

I looked at them for several years, at dealers and at our annual county ag fair. They're mostly the same, no matter which brand made them. They seem to be relatively well made.

Problem for me was price. I never saw a used one for sale anywhere. For the $1200 most of them wanted for a new "middle of the line" teeny-tiny spreader, I could get a very good condition mid-to-full sized spreader. And the full sized ones are built *much* heavier.

So I bought a used New Idea 95 bushel spreader for, as I recall, $800 and am tickled with it...and since I keep getting more critters I'd have outgrown the little one already.

So if all you have is a garden tractor and the price doesn't bother you, the little spreaders will do the job. But for me, it was just too much brass to part with.

good luck,
Tom


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