[Market-farming] manure spreaders

Richard Robinson rrobinson at nasw.org
Wed Jul 30 08:23:32 EDT 2008

I concur that PTO is the way to go--it would give you many more options about spreading rate. I've used an old John Deere ground-driven spreader on hay fields, but haven't used it on vegetables, and would not consider it for anything but very long rows, since it takes perhaps 20-30 feet for the humped pile of manure to reach the spreading tines sufficiently to get full effect. As for narrow versus wide spread, you might be able to rig up some plywood blinders to prevent lateral spread off the back. Elliot Coleman does this with his PTO spreader to turn compost in place.

 Richard Robinson

 On Sat, 26 Jul 2008 00:00:17 -0400, Andy Fellenz wrote:
> I have an old ground drive McCormick which has always needed a fair amount of
> work and has been unreliable.  If I buy another, it will have a PTO drive so
> that I can unload into a pile in addition to along a row and will be a lot
> newer and more reliable.
> Andy
> Jason Jones wrote: >
>> Hi.  I am interested in what other folks are using for manure spreaders. 
>> We may be in the market for one soon and I want to see what works well for
>> other small growers.  I would be interested in people who have either
>> purchased new or used.  Ideally, I would really like to be able to spread a
>> wide pattern if necessary, but would also like to be able to drop a very
>> narrow pattern, say 3-4 feet wide for adding compost to beds. Thanks for
>> your input. 
>> Jason

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