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Re: Hydraulic Push VS Apron Chain

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02-22-2013 06:54:42

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It all depends on how much your doing and how much you want to spend. The Meyers V spreaders do a fine job, but you have to have "slippery" manure and if you are doing pen pack you cannot put snarls in there like the bottom of a round bale that had a ring feeder around it. You will be digging that thing out for days. The hydro push spreaders do ok but if you have some tough pen pack that does not slide too well it will want to push up and go over the sides of the spreader. We have traded in machines for this reason. New Ideas are now built by H&S. H&S offers a decent brand but nearly everything you see that is a couple years old has welding on it.
Meyer has been a decent built spreader but we would get complaints on spreading, they would not spread except strait back and wouldnt even cover the wheel tracks. They have done better with this now have the vertical beater box spreaders. These do an excellant job and are holding up real well.
The New Holland 195 does a nice job as well. I would like to see a few things a bit heavier. If you have ice chunks the paddles break off and if you over feed the top beater it will bend. But I would not have anything but a hydraulic driven apron. Less moving parts and easier to get the right speed.
Basically if you want something to spread anything a box spreader is still the way to go. The vertical beaters get the even spread of a side slinger and you dont have to worry which way the wind is blowing.
Also, there is a Meyer brand and a Meyers brand. Jim

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02-22-2013 08:17:25

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 Re: Hydraulic Push VS Apron Chain in reply to JimIA, 02-22-2013 06:54:42  
I was referring to a Meyer in my post. Seen a guy get some type of barnyard junk like a concrete block or wood under the augers and rip the rear carriers right out of the floor. But you can destroy anything trying to feed a curb through it.

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02-22-2013 08:50:13

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 Re: Hydraulic Push VS Apron Chain in reply to cd1, 02-22-2013 08:17:25  
The door in the back just wasn't big enough for anything too solid. It would just mash the stuff in the doorway and slip the clutch. If the clutch was too tight so it didn't slip,it would break something. I did it way too many times.
If you loaded it with slop then cleaned up around the round bale feeded and put that in,it would take the slop out of the bottom and keep rolling the solid stuff in to a big tangled,tough ball,then try to push it all out at once. Disaster.

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