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post #1 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Converting a pull behind broadcast spreader

So I have a pull behind broadcast spreader, ok well its a Scott's push spreader I modified to use behind the tractor. Works great for around the yard, but can't get into some tight areas and need to utilize the walk behind capabilities of it to get the entire yard. Not a huge deal and wouldn't change anything but next spring I'm putting in a couple deer plots and with how much it bounces around now I just don't want to deal with it come spring and don't want to fork out unneeded cash for a new spreader. I have the mounts figured out but I just need to figure the correct RPM for an electric motor to power the spreader. Anybody know what I should be running? I can get motors from 50rpm-1500rpm for around $20 so that's about all it will cost to do the conversion.

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Re: Converting a pull behind broadcast spreader

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So I have a pull behind broadcast spreader, ok well its a Scott's push spreader I modified to use behind the tractor. Works great for around the yard, but can't get into some tight areas and need to utilize the walk behind capabilities of it to get the entire yard. Not a huge deal and wouldn't change anything but next spring I'm putting in a couple deer plots and with how much it bounces around now I just don't want to deal with it come spring and don't want to fork out unneeded cash for a new spreader. I have the mounts figured out but I just need to figure the correct RPM for an electric motor to power the spreader. Anybody know what I should be running? I can get motors from 50rpm-1500rpm for around $20 so that's about all it will cost to do the conversion.
A digital lazer tach might give you an idea of the spreader rpm at a walking speed. Once rpm is fairly close you could either slow the tractor to apply heavier or speed up travel to apply lighter amounts.
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Re: Converting a pull behind broadcast spreader

Never thought of that, I have a nice Mac lazer tach in my tool box at work I will have to bring home.

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Never thought of that, I have a nice Mac lazer tach in my tool box at work I will have to bring home.
Be sure you remember to take it back. I may have stock in that company.
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Be sure you remember to take it back. I may have stock in that company.
I wish it was a company tool, felt like I was bending over paying for that one

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