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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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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Interesting Points about Conestoga Spreaders

Conestoga has been building manure spreaders since 2002. We started by using regular A36 steel on the sides of our models C-25, C-50 and C-80, and 10-gauge cor-ten on the larger Model C-125. On heavily used spreaders 12 years old or older, we occasionally, but rarely, see one with sides rusted through. Even though we have had very few component issues throughout the years, we have continually improved our spreaders and extending the life of the steel sides has been a major goal.

In 2009, we 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 the larger Models C-125 and newly introduced C-175. Cor-ten is a corrosion-resistant, copper-bearing steel, also used by the manufacturers of larger spreaders. Our research has shown that the use of 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.

As far as the apron chain is concerned, the early ones were made from the same A36 steel as the older sides. We have replaced some of those that have served 8 years without failure, but we weren’t satisfied with that. We began making the apron, both slats and chain, out of stainless steel to increase apron life up to three times what it was with A36 steel. Sure, stainless steel aprons cost more, but they’re worth it because they are the heart of the spreader mechanism and their longer life gives owners three times more downtime-free working hours.

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Conestoga to Exhibit at All American Quarter Horse Congress

Conestoga to Exhibit at All American Quarter Horse Congress

Conestoga Manufacturing, LLC the manufacturer of quality made Conestoga Manure Spreaders is set to exhibit at the All American Quarter Horse Congress from October 6th – October 30th of 2016. The Quarter Horse show is located in Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio Expo Center.

Conestoga Manufacturing will be exhibiting their full line of spreaders and can be found at Booth # A1142 in the Annex Building.

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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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Product Spotlight: C-125 PTO Manure Spreader

C-125-PTO-Spreader

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

C-50-Spreader

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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