Cubicle bedding machines Ag Alternative

Discussion in 'Dairy Farming' started by stablegirl, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. stablegirl

    stablegirl Member

    Location:
    North
    We have an Ag Dispenser 175 i think, which works really well we have on the front of the manitou.

    The manitou has now come up to renew, but i dont really want to spoil the machine scratching it coming in and out of the building ( a little tight) and running around in the dust. The Manitou is also super busy at bedding time and an additional machine would add flexibility.

    The purpose built bedding machines are very expensive, as are bobcats ect since bedding the cows is the only real use i have for an extra machine.

    My questions is does anyone have an Ag dispenser mounted to a different machine, like a litte forklift for example

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/fork-lift...550e818&pid=100005&rk=3&rkt=6&sd=361864627706

    I know nothing about them, would they run the hydraulics on the Ag? My yeards are good and the concrete flat so it should manage that?

    Any comments?
     
  2. I doubt it would have the oil flow as standard, i supose with some fettling you could change the hydraulic pump etc to make it capable ?
     
  3. Barleycorn

    Barleycorn Member

    Location:
    Hampshire
    Can't you put a tipping frame on it and put it on the scraper tractor?
     
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  4. stablegirl

    stablegirl Member

    Location:
    North
    Scraper tractor is busy scraping!
     
  5. Will Blackburn

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Keep the old Manitou?
     
  6. Thomas-milmain

    Location:
    Sw Scotland
    Sawdust or sand? If sawdust can't you buy a push along machine
     
  7. dolf_lundgren

    dolf_lundgren Member

    We are generally trying to have less engines on farm not more. If the Manitou is busy feeding and the scraper tractor busy scraping, do you have enough bodies to do all 3 at the same time anyway?

    Tight passages are a constant issue. I would go with the walk behind rather than buy an industrial forklift. How would it go on slippery sufaces? It wont like any kind of inclines either.
     
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  8. Kingofgrass

    Kingofgrass Member

    Qbed bedding machines and you'll wonder why you bothered with a ag! We've had them all ag then bobman and now Qbed,the saving on bedding alone pays for the Qbed if you want some pics let me know
     
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  9. jimmer

    jimmer Member

    Location:
    weston super milk
    we have a ag175 on the back of our kubota , on an A frame , takes no time to unhook scraper then whizz some sawdust in
    local chap has ag fitted on a dumper truck
     
  10. Headless chicken

    Location:
    West Wales
    What's a q bed machine?
     
  11. coomoo

    coomoo Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    Just had a look at website and am impressed. Where'd you get yours and what sort of moneys in them?
     
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  12. Kingofgrass

    Kingofgrass Member

    Cost 11k 2years ago,like the bobman but fully galved,it's a far better machine than the bobman!! Bed twice a day and can brush and bed as fast as you can run!milk quality and scc improved since we've had it! Awesome machine probably pay for it's self in 2/3years any other questions?
     

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  13. coomoo

    coomoo Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    Use a ride on lawnmower as a silage pusher, do you think it'd be possible to alter the scraper to do the silage aswell?
    Ps auto scrapers so don't need the scraper really.
     
  14. Woodchuck if you want an alternative to the weedy ag dispenser.

    Won't be long before you can buy electric alternatives to the old engined ride on jobs.
     
  15. Kingofgrass

    Kingofgrass Member

    Didn't have the scraper so saved 500quid on it
     
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  16. Fergieman

    Fergieman Member

    Location:
    Northumberland
    Does it tip to self fill or is it a shovel job?
     
  17. Kingofgrass

    Kingofgrass Member

    Shovel but we mix lime and nysan in as we fill it
     
  18. Twig

    Twig New Member

    We run the qbed too, had it for years! No problems with it atall! IMG_1484002604.744730.jpg
     
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  19. Cookie

    Cookie Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    It cost 11k but you still have to fill it by hand..? :scratchhead::scratchhead:
     
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  20. Kingofgrass

    Kingofgrass Member

    It's not hard work shovelling dust is it ,well we've bedded down on everything apart from sand!sawdust,powder bed,enviro bed,gypson,fly ash how we do it now is the best and fastest way twice a day sawdust,very little mastitis etc etc speed and time is everything in farming!sawdust was half the price it was last year in the summer,we use the equivalent sawdust to 7bags a day.thats 230cows 35 heifers,it's all about lowering ur cop!what do you use ?
     
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