FAQs about manure spreaders

Conestoga Manure Spreader FAQ

Conestoga Manufacturing understands you’ll be comparing one manure spreader model to another before making a purchase. We encourage you to look at other spreaders and compare, point by point, the quality, warranty, and durability of other manure spreaders to a Conestoga manure spreader. We’re confident that you won’t find a better, more reliable spreader. Here are some of the things you should consider.

What warranty is offered and on what parts?

Conestoga Manufacturing offers a 3-year overall warranty (1 year on the E-25) and lifetime warranty on the apron chain and floor.

Are your products maintenance free?

No manure spreader should be considered 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.

How much does the spreader weigh?

This varies by model. When buying a manure spreader, remember: lighter is not better. Lighter models can lose traction and slip, resulting in wasted hours of clean up and re-spreading.

Do the beaters and web run by belts or chain?

Conestoga manure spreaders use a chain, and here’s why: Belts will wear out quickly and can slide easily. They also have to be tightened frequently meaning more time spent on maintenance. Conestoga spreaders are built with a heavy-duty roller chain that's about 1" wide.

What size is the manure spreader drive chain?

Conestoga spreaders are built with a heavy-duty roller manure spreader chain that's about 1" wide. Just like it’s not better to have a lower-weight spreader, it’s not good to have thin chains (think of a bike chain). Thin materials are cost-cutting methods for manufacturers. Sometimes a low-cost spreader is one that won’t last. Ours are built to last for a one-time investment.

What size is the web chain? Is it a T-Rod chain or a flat chain?

Flat chains are known for trouble and are hard to replace. Conestoga spreaders are built with a T-Rod manure spreader chain. Our T-Rod chains are stainless steel, and we are the only manure spreader manufacturer with this quality measure.

What kind of floor does it have?

Wood floors will rot within years. Steel floors will rust at 2 or 3 years, starting at the corners. Conestoga spreaders are built with durable T & G polyvinyl interlocking floors. We have a lifetime warranty on our floors.

How many beaters does it have? How thick are the beaters?

Your choice should be a wide-paddle model with no fewer than 8 beaters. Conestoga models have 12 replaceable beaters that are 3/16" or thicker.

Does it have a split shaft or solid shaft? (referring to axle and spindle size)

Conestoga spreaders come with a solid shaft that allows both wheels to work together to prevent wheels from sliding.

Why are Conestoga spreaders built with ratchet drives?

Conestoga spreaders are built with ratchet drives that allow beaters and web to operate when going forward, but not in reverse. No ratchet drive? You'll likely get a manure shower when you try to back up or if a part breaks or bends. Also, with no ratchet drive, a chain will more easily jump off the sprocket.

What should I consider before buying?

Compare spreaders, ask questions, look around, and we think that you'll find Conestoga Manufacturing spreaders the best overall value and the smartest buy.

What is 10-gauge COR-TEN® steel and how does it benefit me?

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.

What is the difference between “ground drive” or “ground driven” and PTO?

Ground drive(n) is generally for use with a smaller tow vehicle. A PTO model may be more powerful and work better on difficult conditions such as frozen ground. If you are unsure as to what type of spreader works best for your needs, please call us at 855-822-1976.

What is the steel gauge used for the body sidewalls and front?

Our sturdy units use 10, 12, or 14-gauge steel. The lower the number, the thicker the steel.

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