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Question Sometimes Asked by Customers: Why doesn’t Conestoga use shredder bars?

Shredder bars were originally designed for use in heavy, pen-packed manure. Research shows that, although at one time in the past, up to 90% of manure being spread may have been pen packed, today the material rarely appears, amounting to perhaps about 5% of spread manure. Conestoga’s replaceable, “rooster comb” spreader paddles have superior shredding action, even in whatever small amount of pen-packed material might be encountered in today’s world. So why add all the extra weight and necessary maintenance of a separate shredder bar? Extra weight causes more soil compaction; extra maintenance is costly. If additional shredding action is felt to be needed, Conestoga offers a second beater for just that purpose.

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Product Spotlight: C-125 PTO Manure Spreader

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In today’s spotlight post we are going to be featuring the Conestoga Manure Spreader model C-125 PTO. The C-125 is well built and is designed to attach to a mid to large sized tractor. This model also includes a standard bed shield to prevent manure losses and a variable speed apron so you can set the correct application speed. The C-125 PTO manure spreader by Conestoga Manure spreaders measures in at 76″ wide and 16′-6″ in length and features an impressive 85 cubic feet of material storage space.

The C-125 PTO also features 10 gauge COR-TEN steel which is known for it’s high resistance to corrosion. When you combine the COR-TEN steel and the high density Polyvinyl 3/4″ tongue and groove floor you have a spreader that is BUILT TO LAST! This model also features 12 bolted on- larger rooster comb paddles which are made of a high quality 1/4″ steel to create an excellent spreading pattern.

Additional Features of the C-125 PTO Manure Spreader include:

  • Fine Spread Pan
  • Top Beater
  • Hydraulic End Gate
  • GatorHyde body lining

To learn more about Conestoga Manure Spreaders – feel free to call us at 855-822-1976 or fill out our contact form.

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Product Spotlight: C-50 Manure Spreader

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In today’s product Spotlight we are featuring the Conestoga Manure Spreader model C-50 ground drive manure spreader built to last for heavy use around your farm or property. The C-50 Ground Drive spreader features a capacity of 38 Cubic Feet and offers a compact footprint measuring in at 60″ wide x 12′ in overall length. The C-50 ground drive features a box height of 18″ which makes loading and unloading this spreader a breeze.

Like all of Conestoga’s Manure Spreaders, the C-50 is built to last for use and abuse with it’s corrosion resistant 12 gauge COR-TEN steel and it’s 3/4″ tongue and groove High Density Polyvinyl floor. The C-50 also features a 3/8″ Stainless Steel T-rod apron chain and a unique 4-speed ratchet drive system. With Conestoga’s years of product design, they also feature a replaceable 12 paddle beater to make maintenance a breeze.

Additional options for the C-50 Ground Drive Include:

  • Fine Spread Pan
  • Top Beater
  • End Gate
  • Jack
  • Adjustable Hitch
  • GatorHyde Body Lining
  • Wheel Jack

To learn more about Conestoga Spreader – feel free to call us at 855-822-1976 or fill out our contact form.

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Product Highlight: C-25 Manure Spreader

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Conestoga Manure Spreaders model C-25 is a ground-drive spreader designed for daily use for a smaller farm or ranch. The C-25 Manure spreader features a capacity of 20 Cubic Feet and offers a smaller footprint of 49-3/4″ in width x 9′-10″ in length to make indoor storage of the spreader a breeze. This manure spreader also includes a box hight of 28″ which makes loading and unloading material an easy task.

Like all of our spreaders – the C-25 is built to last with our 12 gauge COR-TEN steel construction and the use of a High Density Polyvinyl 3/4″ tongue and groove floor. Combine those features with our 3/8″ Stainless steel T-Rod and 12 replaceable beater paddles and you have a machine that will last for years and years.

Additional Options for the C-25 include:

  • Fine Spread Pan
  • Top Beater
  • End Gate
  • Jack
  • Adjustable Hitch
  • GatorHyde body lining
  • Wheel jack.

To learn more about Conestoga Spreaders – feel free to contact us by filling out this form or calling us at 855-822-1976

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Manure Spreader Beater Design

Customers sometimes ask us what top beaters or shredder bars are used for on manure spreaders. They are designed to break up and shred clumps of pen-packed manure in order to help the spreader’s main beater put out a more even spread pattern. Actually, our Conestoga single-beater design with its rooster-comb paddles will spread most pen-packed material just as well as or even better than competitive spreaders equipped with shredder bars. So, why pay for all the added weight and probable maintenance costs of a shredder bar? But what about customers who work frequently in really heavy pen-packed material and request a solution? Conestoga offers for them a top beater as an option.

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Learn what sets Conestoga Manure Spreaders Apart

Stainless Steel Web Chain & Bars

Did you know that Conestoga Manure Spreaders are the only spreader that offers stainless steel web chain & bars as standard in every spreader that they manufacture? Conestoga Manufacturing started producing spreaders in 2001 & originally started using steel chain and bars as many as our competitors STILL do.  The problem with steel chain and bars is that after 5 to 8 years they will start to rust and deteriorate. We hold ourselves to a higher standard of quality and decided that switching all models to using a stainless steel web chain and bars was the best for our product and for our customers. In addition to providing extra peace of mind with the stainless steel web chain and bars , we use CorTen Steel to resist any rusting for the body of the spreader.

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COR-TEN® steel

Weathering steel, best-known under the trademark COR-TEN® steel, is a group of steel alloys that were developed to eliminate the need for painting and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years. Weathering steel has increased resistance to atmospheric corrosion when compared to other steels. COR-TEN® resists the corrosive effects of rain, snow, ice, fog, and other meteorological conditions by forming a coating of dark brown oxidation over the metal, which inhibits deeper penetration and negates the need for painting and costly rust-prevention maintenance over the years. In simple terms, the steel is allowed to rust, and that rust forms a protective coating that slows the rate of future corrosion. This helps your manure spreader to last longer.

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Need a New Manure Spreader — What Size is Best?

Horse enthusiasts and small farms looking to purchase a manure spreader often run across the question of “what size works best?” For a simple answer, consider the following:

• How many horses / stalls do you have?
• How much of the day are they in their stalls?
• How often do you have time to spread manure?
• How far away is the area where you will be spreading manure?

For reference, an average 1,000 lb. horse that spends most of its time in a stall will produce about 50 lbs. of manure per day. This equals out to about 2 cubic feet of manure per horse per day. This gives you a good benchmark for the size spreader you need. If your horses are in the stall for only half the day, you can estimate about 1 cu. ft. of manure per horse per day. With this in mind, 10 horses in their stalls for half the day would require a 58 cu. ft. spreader to be emptied once every 5 days. Taking into account the distance between stalls and the field or pasture where you’re spreading the manure, you could probably go with a smaller, 20 cu. ft. spreader and spread every 2 or 3 days.

With 20 stalls, you would more than likely want to go with at least a 58 cu. ft. spreader. With all 20 horses in their stalls for ¾ of the day, and each horse generating around 2 cu. ft. of manure per day, you would need a spreader large enough to pick 40 cu. ft. of manure, covering all 20 stalls. A 58 cu. ft. spreader would work well for 20 stalls because it would hold a full day of manure when the stalls are at full capacity, or 2 or 3 days when the stalls are at a lower capacity. If your stalls are full on a daily basis, and the field or pasture is far away, you would probably want to go with an 85 cu. ft. unit to lessen trips to the field or pasture for spreading.

To find out more about the choices available to you, view Conestoga’s options or call 1-855-822-1976 to discuss your specific situation.

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Buying a new manure spreader?

Consider these things first: Are you ready to buy a new compact manure spreader? Make sure you do your home work before you buy the first model you see. A quality manure spreader should last for many years. It should also be “right sized” to your application meaning that it suits your needs and is easy for you to use. Before you make a purchasing decision, be sure to consider the following:

What is the warranty being offered? A quality manure spreader is manufactured for daily use and therefore should carry a warranty that stands up to regular usage as well as outdoor conditions. Most small manure spreaders carry a 10 year warranty on the spreader sides and a 3 year full warranty on some smaller models and lifetime guarantees on polyvinyl flooring and stainless apron chains. You should look for models with warranties at this level, at a minimum.

Other than the warranty, what guarantees are being offered? Be wary of the word guaranteed. But that doesn’t mean that some manufacturers, like Conestoga Manure Spreaders, don’t offer high-quality standard product enhancements that aren’t available elsewhere. For example, we are the only US manufacturer to offer stainless steel T-rod chains as a standard feature on all Conestoga manure spreaders except for the E-25. This boosts the longevity of your product.

How easy is it to use the manure spreader? Your manure spreader should not only be durable and sturdy, it should also be easy for you to hook up to an ATV or garden tractor (or trailer depending on your model size). Remember, a manure spreader replaces manual labor so it needs to be easy for you to use on a regular basis.

Do I need all the options available? Great question. Don’t assume you need all options. Work with your dealer to help identify your specific needs and discuss your preferences and concerns. Some options are actually standard when you get into larger sized models (such as such as a jack and an adjustable hitch). The fine spread pan, top beater and end gate are key options to consider as they relate to ease of use and distribution.

Can I get a maintenance free manure spreader? No. There is no such thing as a maintenance free manure spreader and you should not consider purchasing a manure spreader that is promoted as being one. The fact is no manure spreader is maintenance free. Every piece of farm or horse equipment needs regular maintenance and greasing to last, especially manure spreaders. Without regular maintenance or greasing, you can expect spreaders to last 2 or 3 years at the very longest. If you have questions about maintenance, read our article about Manure Spreader Maintenance. Choosing the right manure spreader is a decision that should take some time. Ask your dealer questions and read online reviews. Good luck!

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Do Manure Spreaders with COR-TEN® Steel Last Longer Than Those Without?

Yes! COR-TEN® steel, the brand used on Conestoga Manure Spreaders, is weathering steel developed specifically to help steel increase resistance to atmospheric corrosion.

Conestoga Manure Spreaders use COR-TEN® Steel to extend the life span of each unit. COR-TEN® Steel resists the corrosive effects of rain, snow, ice, fog and other weather conditions and reduces costly issues related to rust. COR-TEN creates a protective coating (a form of rust) that slows the rate of future corrosion.

By purchasing a manure spreader that includes COR-TEN, particularly on the main body, your spreader will last longer and hold up to the elements better than one that does not. Every Conestoga Manure Spreader model is made of COR-TEN except for the E-25.

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