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Comparing Apples to Expensive Apples

In 2009, Conestoga started using 12-gauge Cor-ten steel for the side construction of models C-25, C-50 and C-80, and 10-gauge cor-ten on its larger models. Cor-ten is a corrosion-resistant, copper-bearing steel, also used by the manufacturers of larger spreaders. Our research has shown that this special steel has increased the life of our spreader sides by at least 10 years, bringing their total life, under normal use, to 22, 24, and even 30 years. With this steel, there is a good  life balance between the spreader’s box and its working components, so we provide a 10-year warranty on our frames and boxes to prove the point.

Years ago, we began making the apron, both slats and chain of all models out of stainless steel to increase apron life up to three times what it was with A36 steel. Stainless steel aprons cost more, but they’re worth it in the apron because it is the heart of the spreader mechanism and its longer life gives owners three times more downtime-free working hours.

How long should a manure spreader’s box last? The box of a manure spreader should last at least as long as its working components – bearings, chains, sprockets, etc. When these components start to go bad, a decision must be made whether the spreader is worth repairing or if it is time to purchase a new unit. Is it practical to build a spreader box that will outlast by three times the life of the working components?

With our cor-ten steel sides and two-part epoxy paint, Conestoga tries to achieve a practical balance between the life of the sides and working component wear. Stainless steel boxes may appear to improve total spreader life, but their extra cost is very high and of questionable value if they extend life beyond that of the unit’s working components. Here is a comparison between our Conestoga C-25 and Brand “X” Model 27:

 

MODELS EQUIPMENT LIST PRICE
CONESTOGA C-25 Jack $2,750
BRAND “X” MODEL 27 $2,795
CONESTOGA C-25+ Rhino Lining, Dolly-Wheel Jack, Endgate, SS Apron $3,365
BRAND “X” MODEL 27 DELUXE Rhino Lining, Dolly-Wheel Jack, Endgate $3,390
BRAND “X” MODEL 27 STAINLESS Dolly-Wheel Jack, Endgate, SS Apron, SS Box

$3,990*

* 17.7% premium over Brand “X” Model 27 DeLuxe; 18.6% premium over Conestoga C-25+

Questions:

•  Is the extra stainless box premium really a practical investment?

•  Is the stainless steel of the Brand “X” box 12 gauge?

•  Conestoga uses bolted beater paddles. Are Brand “X” welded paddles as easy to replace?

•  Conestoga shields are strong and damage-resistant; do Brand “X” stainless shields also appear to be?

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Question Sometimes Asked by Customers: How long should a manure spreader last?

The box of a manure spreader should last at least as long as its working components – bearings, chains, sprockets, etc. When these components start to go bad, a decision must be made whether the spreader is worth repairing or if it is time to purchase a new unit. From a consumer viewpoint, is it logical to build a spreader box that will outlast by three times the life of the working components? Bear in mind that this kind of extra box life in a new spreader will most likely cost almost double up front. With our cor-ten steel sides, Conestoga tries to achieve a practical balance between the life of the sides and working component wear.

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Product Spotlight C-80 PTO Manure Spreader

Product Spotlight C-80 PTO Manure Spreader

In today’s blog post we are highlighting the Conestoga Model C-80 PTO Manure Spreader. The C-80 PTO offers the following features:

  • Adjustable Web Speed – Fast or Slow
  • Bed Shield to help reduce spillage
  • PTO Drive – easily hooks up to your tractor
  • High Quality Box Construction – Built with COR-TEN 12 gage steel for excellent corrosion resistance.

The C-80 PTO features a 58 cubic foot capacity and a 12 replaceable beater paddles. Minimum requirements for PTO operation is 18 HP.

For more information and pricing on Conestoga Manure Spreaders give us a call or fill out a contact form.

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Conestoga Mfg. Supports Local Therapeutic Riding Center

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Conestoga Mfg. supports a local, non-profit organization that uses horses for the good of humanity. This organization is Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center (GMTRC), PO Box 10724, Lancaster, PA 17605-0724, a non-profit organization that has been providing quality equine assisted activities for children and adults with special needs since 1981. It strives to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs through equine-assisted activities. As a non-profit organization, GMTRC relies on the support of generous individuals, organizations, and companies to supplement its budget. Therefore, Conestoga has agreed to partner with GMTRC and to pay them a portion of its income from each spreader sold. Conestoga Mfg. would love to add you to the list of friends who support Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center and allow their program to continue its valuable work. To learn more about GMTRC, visit their website: www.greystonemanortrc.org or give them a call at (717) 615-9222.

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Introducing the C-175 PTO Manure Spreader

 

Conestoga Manure Spreaders is proud to announce the addition of the C-175 PTO Manure spreader to our lineup! The C-175 PTO is our largest unit and features a capacity of 115 cubic feet. With the addition of this model it now brings our lineup to 6 models that are available in colors including, green, red, orange, and blue. The C-175 also has available options such as a fine spread pan, top beater, end gate, and the GatorHyde body lining.

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The C-175 PTO Manure Spreader Specifications:

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Capacity:,115 cu. ft.,Overall Length:,17′ 8″
Overall Width:,80″,Loading Height:,45″
Flared Width:,59″,Box Width:,47″
Box Length:,144″,Box Height:,25″
Box Construction:,10-GA COR-TEN,Floor Construction:,High Density Polyvinyl 3/4″ T&G
Beater Paddles:,12 replaceable,Beater Diameter:,22″
Drive:,PTO with Gear Box,Wheels:,8-Bolt
Tires:,11/22.5 SL ,Weight (with tires):,1900 lbs.
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For Additional models and to see how they compare to each other, please check out our product comparison page.

 

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