1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2, Page #01[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Dump-Style Manure Spreader
So the Ogdensburg, Wis., dairy farmer decided to build his own spreader. He came up with a totally new, dump-style design that he says works better and should last longer than any commercial model.
"I've already hauled 3,500 loads of both solid and liquid manure with it and there's no sign of rust or corrosion," Bauer says. "It works so well I decided to patent the design."
The 5-ft. wide by 12-ft. long, 5-ft. deep, steel spreader is lined with a special slippery plastic that was sprayed onto the inside surface of the 2,000-gal. tank by a local company. They first sandblasted and then primed the steel.
Bauer started with the chassis and running gear off an old manure spreader that was equipped with a 1,000-gal. tank, tandem axle and 15-in. tires. He turned the chassis and running gear upside down so his shop-built tank would better fit. Also, so that he can pull the spreader from the drawbar on the 3-pt. hitch on his tractor.
"Using the 3-pt. hitch holds the load more evenly over rough terrain and makes it easier to hook and unhook," he notes.
He equipped the rear end of the spreader with an 18-in. dia. beater made out of a large dia. steel pipe fitted with 2-in. auger flighting. The beater is chain-driven off a hydraulic motor mounted on one side of the tank and spreads material out in a 10-ft. wide pattern. It feeds manure out evenly while holding it back so it doesn't all flow out at once.
The spreader is raised and lowered by 4-in. hydraulic cylinders mounted on each side.
"It raises straight up to vertical to completely empty out all of the material," Bauer says.
Out-of-pocket expense was $2,000, excluding the old spreader running gear Bauer already had. He says that he's currently looking for a manufacturer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lloyd Bauer, N. 5610 Rick Lake Rd., Ogdensburg, Wis. 54962 (ph 920 244-7517).
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