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Where To Get Spreader Chains And Paddles
More than 30 years ago Hank Van Bochove started making apron chains and spreader paddles for manure spreaders at a large feedlot near his Inwood, Iowa farm. By experimenting with different metals he was able to develop paddles and chains that are stronger and last much longer than the OEM parts. Today, he and his sons Brad and Justin, nephew Tyler, and 3 other employees are a big supplier of paddles and pintle chains to customers across the country.
  “We started out small and soon the word spread that we made excellent replacement parts. We were also able to offer huge cost savings so the business just grew from there,” says Brad. “Now we manufacture and stock many of the common paddles that fit several types of spreaders on the market.” The family-owned business, known as Excel Manufacturing, will also custom-manufacture paddles to whatever specifications a customer wants.
  “We make our paddles from high carbon steel,” says Brad. “They’re thicker and wider than the original and OEM upgrades, so they last longer. Our paddles are more resistant to abrasive material like sand and gravel and corrosive manure than ones you’d buy from a spreader dealer.”
  Excel’s chains fit manure spreaders and silage wagons. “Short line dealers don’t want to inventory those parts, so we’re able to provide a lot of chains that simply aren’t readily available anywhere else,” Brad says. Because they buy large quantities of chain they’re able to save farmers about 40 percent on the cost of a new pintle apron chain compared to ones bought from a dealer.   
  The company’s website is designed in a way that customers can easily order the chain or paddles they need online. The make and model of the spreader along with the chain type, bed length, center-to-center width and links between flights provides Excel with the information they need to fill the chain order. Paddle orders are filled in the same manner when the make and model of spreader are provided. Excel also takes orders by phone if a customer doesn’t have internet access.
  “We try to fill every order within one day and can ship it for next day arrival if a customer needs it fast,” Brad adds.
   Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Excel Machine & Manufacturing, 2751 Beech Ave., Inwood, Iowa 51240 (ph 712 986-4288; www.manurespreaderparts.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4