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Square Box Spreader Holds More Manure
Elam Stoltzfus designed a square box manure spreader to carry more semi-liquid manure with less height than round tank spreaders. A dairyman at the time, Stoltzfus soon began making the spreaders for sale. The novel spreader design is still finding buyers 35 years later, and the company has updated the design and expanded their line of equipment.
    “We’ve sold the square box spreader from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin and west to Missouri,” says his son Lloyd, second-generation partner in E.L.S. Mfg. “My dad knew he could get more volume with a square box than with a round one of the same height.”
    Height is a concern for backing under chutes coming out of barns. The 600-gal. spreader is only 56 in. high, 9 ft. long and 4 ft. wide. E.L.S. also makes 700 and 800-gal. square box models with each increase in size adding 4 in. in height. All 3 sizes are available in either steel or aluminum. The aluminum boxes are more expensive, but lighter in weight.
    “The empty 800-gal. model weighs 3,080 lbs. in steel and is priced at $5,930,” says Stoltzfus. “The aluminum version reduces the weight by 1,000 lbs. and adds a little over $1,000 to the cost.”
    The basic design for all 3 models is the same with a ground drive and a floor that slopes forward to the discharge chute. Material flows by gravity to a 12-in. auger that pushes it to the discharge beater. The beater spreads material in a 7 to 8-ft. pattern. However, that can vary depending on ground speed and manure consistency. Separate levers engage the beater and auger with a third handle to slide the discharge door open.
    “All 3 models are covered to prevent slopping and have 4 by 3-ft. access doors,” says Stoltzfus. “We commonly customize the size of the access door and add splash guards. The spreaders come with steel wheels, but we can mount truck tire wheels upon request.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, E.L.S. Mfg., 5270 Amish Rd., Kinzers, Penn. 17535 (ph 717 442-8569).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4