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  1. #1
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    Default Manure Spreader Trouble

    The old Mill creek 37 has broke down again and this time it looks bad. Suggestions on something tough and dependable for 4-6 horses that has to sit outside?
    Thanks!



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    I've been VERY happy with my ground-driven spreader from Country Manufacturing in Ohio. I have the 75 bushel one, but I had the 25 bushel until the herd outgrew it. They are great about helping if something needs to be replaced, but very few things have ever gone wrong. The machine is SIMPLE.

    Good luck!



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    We have had both, Millcreek and now ABI classic, both in the 50 bushel.

    Both are fine, the ABI heavier and stronger all around, but really, who needs a godzilla of a manure spreader?
    The Millcreek was easier to move around by hand.

    Still, the ABI was cheaper when we needed another, so that is what we got and is sure fine and probably last longer:

    http://www.abiequine.com/products/ma...-spreader.html



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    I posted on the h/j board.

    Lehman's is now selling a small manure spreader. It could well be a Country Manufacturing product, but their online catalog doesn't say. Call them ask about it.

    The link is in the other post.

    How much will an ABI cost for a PTO driven 50 bushel model?
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    I have 12 horses and a large Newer Spreader. It takes me 2 trips to spread a day's worth of bedding. It grinds up the bedding and drops it straight down, no flying turds. It does not work well with straw bedding.
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    I have a Newer and it does not tolerate straw or hay at all. Otherwise it is pretty simple piece of machinery and difficult to break IMO. Hey, if your spreader has to sit out, cover it with a big tarp or maybe get one of those car ports to park it under. What is wrong with it? What broke?



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    Thanks for the help and suggestions ...pricing parts and checking the costs on a new one...in the meantime...yuck!



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    Quote Originally Posted by nashfad View Post
    I have a Newer and it does not tolerate straw or hay at all. Otherwise it is pretty simple piece of machinery and difficult to break IMO. Hey, if your spreader has to sit out, cover it with a big tarp or maybe get one of those car ports to park it under. What is wrong with it? What broke?
    Mine will deal with a reasonable amount of hay, maybe 10% of the load. Two things I have found that make dealing with wasted hay easier...if you have a stall where the horse has scattered his hay and peed and pooped in it let it sit in a manure tub overnight. Never let it sit in the spreader. If you are spreading and get a jam reverse for 20 feet or so. It often clears the jam and is great practice.
    Oh and 3, if there is a bunch of hay mixed in, resist the temptation to load the spreader to overflowing....it's not worth it
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    Which are the best small spreaders for mixed manure, hay and straw?
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