Yes!, Millcreek spreader models are engineered to spread all types of manures either fresh or rotted/composted from horse, cattle, sheep, alpaca, poultry, etc, and bedding materials including straw, wood shavings, paper, etc.
Even deep litter and matted straw bedding’s from livestock sheds can be put through even our smallest ground driven models without problems. Your Millcreek spreader can also be used to spread grass clippings, bark mulch, and lime amongst many other materials.
You can spread your manure whenever you like, even spreading fresh muck daily if you prefer. Most customers however tend to spread their muck a few times a year from a composted muck pile which has the advantage of reducing in bulk, and also results in a faster dissipation into the soil and quicker re-grazing.
These are generally conservative recommendations, and often you can operate a spreader with a smaller machine than shown on the specifications charts if used sensibly. However, you should pay particular attention to working with fuller/heavier loads and especially when using the spreader on inclines or steep land, and never operate the spreader in a condition beyond which your tow vehicles manufacturer recommends.
Millcreek spreaders are very simple in design and engineered to perform with minimal maintenance.
Ground Drive models feature sealed bearings and only require lubrication of drive chains, and the occasional application of WD40 type sprays to moving mechanisms.
PTO Drive models also have sealed bearings but in addition have a few grease points on the wheel bearings and on the PTO shaft, with again occasional use of WD40 type sprays to keep things moving sweetly and moisture at bay.
All Millcreek spreaders come with a two year parts warranty, and in the most unlikely event that you did encounter a problem we are always available to help resolve it quickly, either over the telephone or if preferred in person. Our spreaders are manufactured with strict quality control processes in place, and we take pride in upholding our reputation for a quality made and reliable product.
We are always available by telephone should you have any questions on the operation or maintenance of your spreader.
Both Ground and PTO drive versions of our spreaders will give an excellent even spread pattern with a wide variety of materials. However, individual circumstances may preclude one particular version, or be advantageous with another.
The advantage of the Ground driven design, is the ability to operate the spreader behind a very wide range of towing devices without the need for a tractor. So flexibility is the key for selecting a Ground Drive model.
The advantage of the PTO driven design is the ability to more accurately control the application rate of spreading, and to operate the machine very slowly (eg. for spreading very thick on a vegetable bed, or in restricted spaces like in glasshouses), or even to operate it stationary (eg. For using as a mixer when aerating manure or making compost). So control is the key for selecting a PTO Drive model.
Please do not hesitate to call us to discuss your particular spreading application.
There are a number advantages of the traditional Millcreek ‘rear discharge’ manure spreader design, over the round barrel types:
- Even spread pattern!. The rear discharge design feeds the manure slowly and consistently into the rear beater(s) of the machine, which spreads the manure evenly behind. The barrel type design tends to spread manure thicker closer to the machine and thinner out further away, it also does not deliver the material at a consistent rate, and so can be much thicker midway through the load. You will notice that all modern farm contractors use rear discharge machines (larger versions of the Millcreek design, but with twin vertical beaters) for the reasons of even and consistent spreading.
- Longevity!. The Millcreek rear discharge design expels much more of the manure from the spreader, and also has a non rotting poly floor should any muck remain in the spreader. The barrel type design always leaves a quantity of un-spread muck in the machine after spreading, which must be manually cleaned out otherwise the corrosive manure will attack the steel body and rot through. The barrel type also uses swinging flail chains which can stretch, and if not replaced can hit the body causing further damage.
- Easy to load and handle!. The rear discharge design is low and wide and accordingly is much easier to load, whether by hand or by mechanical loader. The barrel type design presents a much narrower and higher up opening slot to load manure into. Also, being low and wide, the Millcreek traditional rear discharge design is easier to get a clear view of where you are spreading and manoeuvring , and is inherently more stable when traversing steep slopes.
- Versatile ‘ground drive’ models available! The Millcreek ‘rear discharge’ design is available either PTO driven (like ‘side discharge’ barrel types), as well as Ground driven. This means it is available to a much wider spectrum of towing vehicles, including ATV’s/Quad’s, 4×4’s or even a horse in harness. No separate remote engines are needed to power it, which require fuel and maintenance.
- Low power requirement. Rear discharge spreaders require much less power to operate compared to barrel spreaders. The power required to push the muck along the Millcreek’s plastic floor to the rear beater is tiny compared to that required to turn the chains within the solid muck of a barrel spreader. Accordingly for any given power of tractor you will be able to operate a much larger volume Millcreek rear discharge design than you would a barrel type, typically twice the capacity.