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All-Hydraulic Manure Spreader
"It's one of the few spreaders that will handle everything from sludge to frozen or solid manure," says a spokesman for Harco Products, Stratford, Wis., manufacturer of a new "apronless" hydraulic-powered manure spreader.
Hydraulics replace the usual apron, chains, gears and sprockets found on conventional spreaders. A hydraulic motor drives the drum beater, thus eliminating drive chains. The completely self-contained hydraulic system runs off the tractor's PTO, eliminating the need for special hydraulic attachments on the tractor.
"This system provides maximum power for unloading, even with the tractor standing still," the manufacturer points out. The drip-proof tail section needs no gap for chain travel, thus making the spreader tight for handling sludge. Adjustable hydraulic control meters discharge of material. Even frozen or solid manure can be evenly spread by the hydraulic drum beater.
The tail section (containing the beater and hydraulic motor) can easily be removed, leaving only the end gate. This allows the user to haul other materials and discharge them with ease using the moldboard, the manufacturer explains.
Model 240 is rated at 240 bu. capacity. Inside box dimensions are 31 in. high, 136 in. long, and 60 in. wide. Height (with 10.00 by 20 tires) from top of the box to ground level is 52 in. Also available are a 340 bu. model and a just-introduced 180 bu. model. Suggested retail is $4,750 for the Model 240, and right at $5,600 for the model 340 which holds 340 bu.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harco Products Mfg., Box 218A, Stratford, Wis. 54484 (ph. 715-687-2321).

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