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    I've used rented spreaders for fertilizers and seeds and want one that does that but can also adapt to apply ag-lime as it is cheeper than pelatized lime where I live. I've been looking at the Herd 750 3 point model. Aside from my spelling do you have any advice. thanks

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    I have their little M-96 unit and it has served well. They are a friendly bunch and several times have supplied me parts on an open account. J

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    What acreage do you have to cover and what sized tractor?

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    I've got a 4300 hydro and a 4410 e-shift at the dealer ready for delivery. The acres varies as I'm in the construction business and speculate on a very small scale. Primarily my purpose is to lime long time oak-hickory sites which are very highly acid. The local Co-op is amazed that many of the soil samples will grow any grass. So the ability to lime heavily but with manuverability is necessary. In speaking with old timers it seems to be the concensus that the first year two times and then once again in a year, along with an another soil analysis. This I'm offering as a service as liming is common on the farming scale but not residential or estate. I hope this answers your question. Oh the 4300 will go back to the dealer; it didn't have the power I needed on the hills to operate other accessories. Best to youall

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    If your working aroiund trees then a 3 pt will be easier than a tow behind for sure. What you have to watch for on the non pelletized lime is the damp. If its even a bit damp then it will bridge in the hopper and not be spread. That makes a good case for a cone shaped hopper (some are more like a flat bottom bucket). You also should look for one with an agitator. This is a small wheel that runs around inside the cone just inside the hopper and stops the lime bridging over the hoile at the bottom. Not all have it.

    Ive heard good and bad about plastic hoppers too. Less fuss and bother with rust but some concern about long term durability from the knocks and bumps.

    Im not a big believer in having to stop and refill all the time so other than this Id recommend you get the biggest you can. You only have to load it a few times then even for a big piece of land. Dont forget that 900lb of fertilizer or lime in a hopper on the 3pt can make life exciting on a hill or driving over obstacles though.

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    Herd 750 is available with an optional lime agitator. It really does not have a flat bottom. I saw one of these--it is built like a tank. J
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    I have used an S750 for two years now to spread Sand/salt on my 1200' long driveway (all up hill). It is a very well built unit. The only complaint is the paint job. After one season it was a serious rust bucket, I even had to throw out the pattern deflectors because they were rusted solid. Took it all apart, wire wheeled it and put a coat of Rustoleum rusty metal primer and enamal finish coat. It held up well this year.

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    Thankyou for your responces-----I have used the cone type spreader but even with the agitator it binds up, the wheel stands in the center of the lime and spins. The agitator on the Herd is spikes which rotate horizontally near the oriphus in the bottom of the hopper. As for the aging process with the equipment I've found if it's cleaned after use it dosen't hold moisture to the steel. I have found a company in Arkansas that builds a number of different size units which are stainless--------as you might suspect the cost jumps a bunch but the equipment looks great. I think that the S750 will be the pick----thanks again.

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