How to use a manure spreader.
If you have livestock, then you have manure. It’s just a fact of life. It’s also a fact that you have to clean it up and do something with it. So if you have livestock and manure, you need a manure spreader.
This video is about how to use a Frontier MS1112 Manure Spreader (US CA). We’ve matched it with a John Deere 5100E Utility Tractor (US CA) complete with an operator cab. That’s a pretty nice feature to have on your tractor if you’re going to be spreading manure. Because you can’t always be moving into the wind.
This manure spreader has a heaped capacity of 125 bushels. When fully loaded with dry manure, it will weigh about 4500 pounds (2041 kg). With a load that heavy, it’s important to make sure you have enough stopping power, just in case you need it. That’s another reason we’re using the heavier 5100E Utility Tractor.
The MS1112 is a pull-type implement, so hooking and unhooking is quite simple using a locking pin and clip. And don’t forget the safety chain.
Before each use, it’s a good idea to check the tension of the drive chains in each side of this PTO-driven spreader. Their tensions should be matched as closely as possible, and can be tightened individually with a simple and lock nut mechanism.
The MS1112 manure spreader uses a 2-speed gearbox that controls the speed of the paddle beaters. A simple rope-pull system allows the operator to shift from low to high speed from inside the cab. The coverage you apply to your pasture will depend on your ground speed and the manure spreader gearbox speed setting.
When you’re done, you can also shift to a Clean Out setting, which stops the paddle beaters from turning while the apron continues to push any material out the back of the manure spreader cleaning.
Talk to your John Deere dealer about which manure spreader might be right for your operation.
As always, remember to read the Operator’s Manual before operating any piece of equipment, and follow all operating and safety instructions.
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