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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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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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Small Manure Spreaders – Off the Shelf or Customized?

For many horse enthusiasts and small farms purchase one, maybe two, manure spreaders in a lifetime. Purchasing a compact manure spreader is an investment and you expect yours to last. That means it needs to stand up to the elements, be easy to maintain (but not maintenance free!) and easy to use. But if you’re planning on purchasing a high-quality manure spreader that you expect to last for 10 years or more you may also want to consider options that can enhance productivity and save time. If you’re considering adding options to your compact manure spreader, consider the following:

  • How easy is it for the manufacturer to custom-build my manure spreader? (For U.S. manufacturers like Conestoga, customization with existing options is easy.)
  • What options are available? (Most manufacturers offer similar options. View Conestoga’s options and please note that stainless steel T-rod chains are standard not optional!)
  • What are the extra costs? (This depends on the cost of your unit and options. Call to 1-855-822-1976 discuss.)
  • Does adding options change the serviceability of my unit? (No!)
  • What types of options will improve productivity? (A good example is a top beater that prevents downtime.)
  • What other options should I consider? (End gates prevent material losses and an adjustable wheel jack adds flexibility. There are other options to consider and sometimes calling to discuss your needs and usage help us narrow it down for you!)

It’s possible to purchase an off-the-shelf model but options can save time and reduce manual labor. Think through your needs and application to consider whether or not adding options are right for you!

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Manure Spreader Maintenance

It’s a manure spreader, it’s meant to be outside – how much maintenance does it require? That’s a natural question and one we hear frequently. 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.

And remember, if you want a spreader that last for many years, quality materials and construction do matter. Be sure to carefully compare body structure and components. Use the Conestoga Manure Spreader Comparison sheet to help with your quality comparison.

Keep it Clean

Probably the most important thing you can do to extend the life of your manure spreader is to clean it after every use. Manure that remains in the spreader will cause long-term damage and diminish the spreader’s life span considerably. While this is particularly important for spreaders with wooden floors, it also applies to spreaders with steel floors (these will begin to rust in 2 to 3 years). Conestoga offers a lifetime warranty on its durable T&G polyvinyl interlocking floors but we still recommend that you clean your spreader after every use. Damage from remaining manure is not limited to floors.

Keep your Spreader Properly Oiled

To ensure proper operation which impacts spreading capabilities, your spreader must be oiled on a regular basis. How often you use your spreader may determine your schedule but at least make it a habit to check things like the apron chain on a regular basis.

Store Your Spreader Inside

Many top-quality spreaders are powder coated which boosts longevity. Even so, your manure spreader will last longer if it is stored inside (barn, shed, etc.). Your spreader is working hard enough as it is without also having to deal with the elements!

Check for Rust and Debris

Be sure to check for rust and debris on your spreader before every use. Debris, such as hardened manure or mud, can negatively impact your spreader’s performance over time. Rust, if left unchecked, can spread and turn what could have been fixed easily into an expensive repair or total replacement.

Remember – no manure spreader is maintenance free. Some say they are low maintenance. But all manure spreaders need to be maintained in order to last. We’re happy to answer any questions about manure spreader usage, how to select the spreader that’s right for you, and how to make it last!

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What is a PTO Manure Spreader?

Are you looking for the right manure spreader for your specific needs?

Conestoga Manure Spreaders can help you decide. We can also help answer a question that many first-time buyers ask: What exactly is a PTO manure spreader?

Literally speaking, PTO stands for “Power Take Off.” The PTO is a shaft on the rear end of a tractor that transfers power from the tractor to another piece of equipment such as a manure spreader. So, a PTO spreader is one that is operated by the power from a tractor or ATV.

Compare this to a ground-drive spreader that uses the movement of the wheel against the ground to generate the power that distributes the manure.

Typically you’ll find a PTO spreader is a larger-sized or heavy-duty spreader. A PTO spreader is great for large horse farms, farm-ettes, and small farms. With a PTO spreader, you’ll likely have larger capacity than with a ground drive spreader. And, you get greater control over spreading speed and distribution.

If you’re considering which spreader is right for your application, you’ll also need to consider size (how much you need the spreader to hold). This can be determined in part by the size of your operation (how much will you have to spread at one time) and the frequency with which you’ll need to spread manure (Daily? Weekly? Monthly?).

One thing many PTO spreader owners will tell you is that they can be difficult to hook up to a tractor or ATV. A Conestoga spreader is easy to attach and can be done quickly.

A PTO spreader can help you reduce time associated with manure spreading by as much as 50%. How easy it is to use is part of this equation. Before you purchase a PTO spreader, ask questions about how easy it is to hook up, how easy it is to operate and how easy it is to clean.

Speaking of cleaning…check back next month for our article about manure spreader maintenance.

Thanks for reading!

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