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GS 224899 89 Spreading solid manure either
Spreading solid manure
Week and a half ago we spread all our solid maure of the
whole year. We had piled everything outside on 2 different
pads, so we could just load the spreader with the payloader
and rented the largest spreader we could find. The capacity
of the spreader is 20 tons and needs around 150 PTO HP so
the 8120 got to run it. Took only one long day! Good
equipment makes the difference, and renting this big one is
much cheaper than buying a little one and working on it for
days.
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The trailer was rented from Walton Equipment rentals out of
Walton, Ontario. They brought it with a fasttrac,
unfortunately I don't have pics of that.
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Close up of the spreader, we had just cleaned it after we
were finished.
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The inside
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And finally the business end.

You guys owe my sister, she took the pics cause i wasn't
around at the time.
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Hey Gerard,

Tell your sister thanks, and tell her to name her price!!
:-D Thanks alot for sharing these with us!!

Rake care,

Will
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Hi Nice pics and nice machine. Isn't it expensive to rent a
machine in stead of a custom worker. In Holland we have the
machinery cooperations. But renting a machine there cost
almost half of what a custom worker would cost. And then you
have to do it yourself, which is nice and you can work with
good equipment. But here is it financialy better to get the
customworker for something like that.

greetings (thanks to your sister)
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Gerard, I'm trying to think of a way to say this without
seeming ungratefull for the pictures(I do love the pictures)
but did your sister by any chance happen to get the pictures
while it was in action(just when it was being loaded
mainly)? I know it's hard, it seems most of my images are
just of something parked but it's hard to take pictures and
operate something at the same time, and my parents don't
think too highly of taking pictures of our equipment(it's a
waste of time they say). :-P Anyway, how far was the trip
to the pile orginally? (did you shuttle it back and forth
bucket by bucket or did you haul it to the pile?

For us we've done a lot of changing lately as far as manure
is concerned. For the longest time we used to hire an
operator with a track loader to clean everything and truck
it. Then a few years back we bought a track (crawler)
loader and a 30 foot tandem-axle end-up(for the semi) of our
own and my dad would clean and haul the manure all at
once(himself). But a few years ago we got delayed and so
when it started snowing my mom and I piled all the manure in
the corral(hoping it wouldn't freeze solid) so that my dad
could truck it to the pile when he had a chance(my dad won't
let me use the end dump due to it being unstable/top heavy,
especially when we back it into the low spot). That got
delayed as well and so over a month later we moved it to the
real pile. By then the pile was 1/3 of the size it was
before and it was somewhat dried(so it was much lighter,
could take bigger chunks at a time) so it took 1/3 of the
time to move it all. So now in June (when the cows are all
out in pasture and just before the rains) we pile it in the
corral and in september(just before the cows come home and
it starts to get cold again) we truck it out to the pile.
With all the rain when it is piled, it speeds up the
decomposing process and shrinks the physical volome up the
pile. Also, by this time the corrals have dried up
significantly so we are not rutting it up and getting stuck
with the truck. We put the final piles in a low spot of the
pasture where it is underwater in the spring or where the
grass does not grow very well. This past year we even sold
some that was almost completely soil to a company involved
in land reclamation.

The picture shows the Case loader involved the they used for
loading the spreader trucks when they bought the
manure/soil. Here you can see how the ground slopes down
into the pile, in the spring it would flood the bottom of
the pile aiding in rotting the manure.
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Here is one of the 4 or 5 spreader trucks they used for
taking out manure. Unfortunately these are the only two
pictures I have as I had to get inside and right a unit exam
for school.

Thanks again for the pictures!
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The rental cost $425 + $70 delivery and $70 pickup, so $565
in total and we used less than $200 in fuel.
Having a custom operator do it would cost $130 an hour if we
load it ourselves. 11 x 130 = $1430 so it was definately
cheaper this way. We can't even buy a small spreader for how
much this cost.
These spreaders are very busy, so i guess they are making
plenty of money at this low price.

Unfortunately there are no more pictures. I wasn't around
when we were using it, so these pictures is all I saw. I
didn't even ask for them, they know i like to take pictures
of farmwork.

The one pile was just at the main farm but the second was at
another farm about 1 km away. We used our dumptrailer. I
attached the picture from the winter when we were hauling it
away. The field is just 2 km away from the main farm and
only 1 km from the second pile. Most of our manure is liquid
so we never end up with as much as you do.
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Hey Gerard,

That rental price is amazing!! And if you store your solid
manure all year and only spread once a year, you would take
years and years before buying one would pay for itself!!

Thanks for the pics, & Take care,

Will
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