Manure spreaders come in many sizes and shapes. Some are PTO-driven and require a tractor or large truck. Others are ground-driven; smaller implements can pull them. Some spreaders are small and suitable for use on small acreages, while others are more suitable to large farms with numerous animals producing many tons of manure on a regular basis.
The Newer brand of manure spreaders work well for the small acreage owner who has a limited amount of manure to disperse. These lightweight spreaders are made from aluminium and treated wood and they are ground-driven. They are designed to be pulled using an ATV, a garden tractor or even a golf cart. Unlike traditional manure spreaders, Newer units do not have beaters. Models hold either eight or 13 cubic feet.
Millcreek Manufacturing Co. builds traditional-style manure spreaders in a range of sizes starting with Model 15, which has a struck, or heaped capacity of 6.4 cubic feet. Spreaders are available in many sizes, up to the largest, Model 97, that holds up to 109 cubic feet and is suitable for use on a commercial farm with up to 20 horses.
This brand specialises in compact manure spreaders suitable for use in barns holding from one to 12 horses. Loyal-Roth spreaders are ground-driven and lightweight. The smallest of the two models, the MS23B has, a 28 cubic foot capacity and is designed to be pulled behind an ATV or any garden tractor with a minimum of a 10 HP engine. Model MS51 has a 62 cubic foot capacity and requires no less than a 20 HP garden tractor or ATV.
H & S Manufacturing
H & S Manufacturing has a line of large-capacity manure spreaders, complemented by their spreader, Model 25, with a 13.5 cubic foot capacity. They offer a number of heavy-duty spreaders with the top capacity model holding 479 cubic feet or 660 bushels. H & S also manufactures a line of all-purpose spreaders available in truck-mount, and a line of side-discharge spreaders.
Meyer's offers a number of large-capacity manure spreaders that can hold between 308 and 482 cubic feet. These large spreaders are hydraulically driven and designed for commercial use. This company also offers a number of smaller units that hold between 158 and 245 cubic feet. Meyer's manure spreaders come with a polythene floor to resist rot.
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