You’re ready to clean stalls faster and more easily, along with adding nature’s best fertilizer to your fields or farm – so you’re ready for a Millcreek manure spreader! But what size machine is right for your operation?
“What size spreader do I need?” is one of the most common questions we hear from customers. “I wish I’d bought a smaller spreader!” is something we never hear. So how do you choose? There are a number of factors to consider when you’re picking a Millcreek manure spreader, whether for farm or garden use. Here’s a handy list to help with your decision:
- How many stalls do you have to clean? If it’s just a few (up to 5), a Mini or Compact model will be sufficient. If you have more manure to move it’s definitely wise to size up. Can you still purchase a smaller model if that’s what fits in your budget? Sure, but remember you’ll be making more trips to the field.
- How many trips to the field are you willing to make? If you’ve got a lot of stalls to clean, or a lot of compost to spread, the larger the machine you have the fewer trips you’ll make to unload. Your time is worth money, too so keep that in mind.
- What will you use as a tow vehicle? Four of our Millcreek manure spreaders (Models 15, 22, 27+ and 37+) can be pulled by a garden tractor. For Mid-Size spreaders (Models 57 and 77) you’ll need a compact tractor and for Full-Size (Models 97 and 127), a regular tractor. Again, now is not the time to skimp: you definitely want a spreader your tow vehicle will be able to maneuver and pull when it’s full. Many customers now use an ATV or UTV to pull their spreaders so those are an option to consider.
- How wide are your barn doors, aisles and stall doors? Make sure you spreader will have sufficient clearance to safely navigate your barn openings and aisles. Pulling the spreader into the stall while cleaning will make the chore go even faster, so if you wish to do that check measurements first.
- Do you want to move the spreader around by hand? Millcreek Compact spreaders are available with a standard or optional Dolly Wheel Jack Stand. This accessory makes moving the machine by hand possible even when it’s fully loaded. The lighter tongue weight of all our spreaders makes hitching and parking easier, too.
- How much land do you have available on which to spread? The spreading pattern of Millcreek manure spreaders is roughly 4x the width of the machine. If you have lots of land, a larger spreader will work very well for manure or compost distribution and make the job go faster. Narrower areas, or those near designated “no-spread” zones (like wetlands) might require a smaller spreading pattern.
- Where will the spreader be stored? Scope out a safe parking zone for your spreader ahead of time. All farm machinery lasts longer if kept under cover when not being used, but if you must store yours outdoors make sure it’s away from your animals.
We hope this information will help you make an informed decision about your new Millcreek manure spreader. As always please contact us at (800) 311-1323 or use our Live Chat feature on our website if you have questions. We’ll be glad to help!