Spreader Checklist

Manure Spreader Checklist

Soon the combines will start rolling and we all know what comes after that… loads and loads of manure will need to be hauled from yards and stock piles. Is your manure spreader ready for fall?

Here’s a few things to check over before you begin using your spreader this fall.

  1. Are all the bearings still good?
  2. Do all the zerks take grease?
  3. If your spreader has grease lines going to any bearings be sure to double check them – make sure the lines aren’t leaking anywhere before the grease reaches the bearings.
  4. Are the beater teeth getting thin?
  5. Are there any bolts missing? If so replace them *ASAP!!
    *if one were to come off it could be very dangerous as fast as they spin.
  6. How is the web chain tension?

Each brand has their own specs on these so check your owners-manual or give us a call and we can help!

Don’t forget about our shop and on-site service truck available 24/7 if you need assistance prepping your spreader for the manure hauling season!

*Remember if you get behind or just want an extra spreader we do have three rentals available. Give us a call at 712.476.4500 for more info!

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Guillotine Tail Gate Manure Spreaders

Guillotine Tail Gate Manure Spreaders

We will discuss guillotine tail gates on manure spreaders in this 3rd sales blog in the manure spreader series. In the first sales blog of the series we talked about how to determine what size manure spreader to buy, how to determine cubic feet, and how to compare manure spreader sizes. In the second blog in the series, Dan explained the differences between vertical and horizontal spreaders, the horse power & spread patterns, and manure spreader maintenance.

Finally, we have been asked many questions – and had much discussion with our customers about guillotine tail gates. There have been quite a few manure spreaders coming for sale with the guillotine tail gate. So here is the information that we share with our customers:

What is the difference between the guillotine tail gate and the regular tail gate?

  • The guillotine tail gate goes straight up and down versus the regular tail gate which swings more up toward the front of the spreader at an angle.
  • It is easier to regulate the tons per acre with the guillotine tailgate. We have some customers putting on 5 ton to the acre with the guillotine vs. the regular gate that can handle much less. With the regular tailgate you can not regulate the tons per acre with the tailgate; you can only use the web speed.

Does the guillotine tail gate freeze?

  • No. You can haul sloppy manure and not store the manure spreader in a heated shop, and it still will not freeze.
  • Here is the process that we have heard from our customers on how to prevent the guillotine from freezing: Run the slop gate up and down a couple of times to clean the track out when you are finished hauling manure. This cleans the track out. Be sure to leave the slop gate up half way when parking the manure spreader. Follow this process and you will not have any issues with the tail gate freezing.

Does the guillotine tail gate pop out?

  • No. We have some customers spreading 5 ton to the acre and leaving the tail gate half way up and they have not had any issues with the tail gate coming out.

What are some visual differences between a guillotine gate and a regular gate?

  • The guillotine gate sticks higher up in the air and has longer cylinders. The cylinders may cost more to replace, but the guillotine tailgate should be less maintenance because it has less moving parts and fewer pivot points.
  • A regular tailgate swings up. Depending on the design, it can break easier.
  • A regular tailgate may hold slop better because the tailgate is at an angle instead of straight up and down.

Please contact us at Post Equipment if you have any questions on guillotine gates on manure spreaders. See the large inventory of manure spreaders on our lot in Northwest Iowa and on the web at www.postequip.com.

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Horizontal vs Vertical Manure Spreaders – What is the Difference?

When producers are looking for manure spreaders a frequently asked question is what is the difference between a horizontal and a vertical beater spreader? How do I know which spreader is going to fit my operation? Below are some comparisons and some useful information about the different spreader types.

Vertical Beater Manure Spreaders

Advantages – Vertical Spreaders

  • The crop farmer likes a vertical beater spreader if you are selling manure to him or when trading manure for stalks.
  • Crop farmers like the thinner spread for their soil finishers.
  • With a vertical beater – even if you spread in the fall – you can go in and no till in the spring where you hauled the manure in the fall.
  • A vertical beater has a very nice even and wide spread pattern.
  • It also does an excellent job of breaking up the bedding pack.
  • Vertical manure spreaders work great for all types of manure. They even do a good job with sloppy manure when you control your slop gate evenly.

Disadvantages – Vertical Spreaders

  • A vertical beater takes more horse power and more fuel consumption than a horizontal beater manure spreader.
  • If you are spreading in the field with a vertical, some guys comment that they do not like driving through the manure.
  • You do have to change the beater teeth more often on a vertical spreader than on a horizontal spreader because the verticals turn faster than the horizontal.
  • A vertical beater spreader is usually more maintenance because the gear boxes and drive shafts take more abuse.

Horizontal Beater Manure Spreaders

Advantages – Horizontal Spreaders

  • A horizontal does not need as big of a tractor to run – this is usually due to the horsepower factor.
  • On most horizontals you do not have to worry about the back window breaking on your tractor because of manure flying forward into the back window.
  • On verticals, you will need a cv pto more often than on a horizontal.

Disadvantages – Horizontal Spreaders

  • A horizontal usually only spreads as wide as the spreader.
  • Some horizontals spread better than others (finer or coarser) resulting in more clods or less clods especially on bedding pack manure.

Apron chain maintenance seems to be about the same on both types of spreaders.

This is part 2 of the FAQ on what to know before buying or renting a manure spreader. You can read part 1 of this manure spreader series for more information about spreaders. Be sure to contact Dan at Post Equipment 712-476-4500 for additional questions you may have about manure spreaders. See Post Equipment’s large, dynamic inventory of new and used manure spreaders for sale and for rent.

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Common Questions To Ask Before Buying or Renting a Manure Spreader

The combines and choppers are now busy in the fields harvesting this year’s awesome crops! At the same time, cattle feeders are starting to think about how to haul their manure stock piles and how to get their yards cleaned out before the new calves come in and before winter hits.

There are several questions cattle feeders ask when they are looking to rent or to buy a manure spreader. Read on for answers to your questions from Dan at Post Equipment!

Question #1: How many bushel is the spreader?
Answer: In today’s market, it is very hard to determine bushels with different manure types and how full to fill the spreader. I like to use the struck cubic feet method which makes sure every spreader is measured the same. To use this method, measure from the slop gate to the front of the manure spreader. This will insure that you have the correct cubic feet. Some manufactures say the spreader is 22 feet long – and the floor is 22 feet long – but the length to the slop gate is actually only 20 feet. This is a very common measurement in spreader manufacturers today. Using struck cubic feet when purchasing or renting a spreader is the easiest way to know how big it is and makes it easier to compare different equipment. Some manufacturers use heaped cubic feet as well, which can also be very difficult to measure depending on the type of manure and other variables.

Question #2: Another very common questions about spreaders is “Will I like a vertical or a horizontal spreader? Which one is right for me?Read about the comparisons on verticals vs. horizontal manure spreaders in the next sales blog.

Have a safe and wonderful harvest! When starting your manure project, be sure to call us for all your spreader needs at 712-476-4500 or 712-470-2866(cell). Post Equipment’s sales team can answer all your questions about renting or buying a new or used spreader. You can see our large manure spreader inventory by clicking here.

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