Marshall Vesuvius Spreaders

Mad For Muck

Your gonna be quite literally in the sh*t if you get a foreign object inside it that wont go through the beaters imo, at least with bed chains you can reverse the load back away from the beaters so can get it out easier - unless you've got a full load on that is


Your gonna be quite literally in the sh*t if you get a foreign object inside it that wont go through the beaters imo, at least with bed chains you can reverse the load back away from the beaters so can get it out easier - unless you've got a full load on that is
pal try a bunning with 10 ton of human crud in it when bed chain snaps in 26c heat and a help full chap hands you a shovel.


Mixed Farmer
I hired one this summer, but I was spreading well rotted stuff it was Like compost, anyway filled it up and the stuff filled the runner and that was that.. Had to dig the sh!t out and sent it back.


got to agree have 3 marshall trailers but not even tempted by their spreaders

Got 4 of their trailers and a Vesuvius spreader here.

Pretty sure I've posted about ours on here before, but basically had it 10 years, never had a blockage, ram does go faster as it goes through stages but not hard to make a tractor do that too these days.
Replaced top bearing on both rotors last year and a hydraulic hose 3-4 years ago.
If you are a contractor a Bunning would be a better choice but if a farmer looking for something better than a roto-spreader it's a good simple machine to run and own.
We have been producing our rear-discharge Vesuvius Vantage range for more than ten years now, with spreaders working as far away as Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea without any problems. We believe the design itself solves a lot of problems with the traditional floor chain spreader set-up; problems we experienced ourselves when we used to produce a floor chain spreader.

The obvious advantage of our design is the removal of floor chains, which no matter how strong, will always wear and eventually break. We use a simple four stage chrome ram that has been specifically designed for our spreaders by the company that supplies rams to major tractor and digger manufacturers. The ram is fully speed controllable with a flow control valve that reduces the flow of oil to each stage to keep discharge speed constant; this valve is now in its third generation and is easier to set-up than ever.

Maintenance is another area where our spreader excels since the only regular maintenance requirements are greasing the bearings via automatic grease points and checking the oil level in the gearbox.

The removal of floor chains also allows us to have a more compact machine with a deeper box and the axle positioned further back to reduce weight transfer when spreading. In addition our spreader comes standard with a slurry door, meaning it has a completely sealed box that can hold and spread slurry, there is no gaps for floor chains.

It is also worth pointing out that in the second hand market the value of our spreaders holds up very well since we use no floor chains, which is always a worry on a second hand machine; there is very little to go wrong with a ram.

Our unique ram design is not the only reason to consider our spreader, it also has a number of other features that make it an extremely robust and strong design. We use a 160hp gearbox that is protected from shock loads by polyurethane couplings, this allows us to run with a larger 10mm shear bolt. This is only possible because we use such heavy duty components, but allows our spreader to keep going when others would block. Someone mentioned that if the spreader did block there would be no way of pulling the load back to remove the object, with our spreader if it did block then the object must be quite a size and being brutally honest shouldn't be in there in the first place.

The other problem someone mentioned was the spreader not spreading compost. This would be quite surprising since the ram on our 9-ton and 12-ton models can push 20-tons and on our larger 14-ton model the ram can push 25-tons. There is also a video of one of our spreaders on our website spreading compost. It sounds like the pressure relief valve might have been set too low on that spreader, which can easily be adjusted. I would imagine if you hired the spreader then the owner might have screwed it down slightly to protect the spreader.

I hope this all helps and if anyone would like to discuss it further or would like some advice then please do not hesitate to contact us by private message or on 01224 722777 after the 3rd January.


Scottish Borders
Lots of talk about you ram system , But the beaters are a joke on them with a very poor spread patten , Lots of them around the country side laying in the corner of the yard with lots a rubbish growing out of them, worth nothing second hand , better off with the bunnings any day.
I spoke a lot about our ram system since it is obviously the unique selling point of our machine. The beaters on our spreaders are constructed in-house by ourselves using 12mm steel plates to create a stepped design. The beaters are fully balanced, with 28 tips that on each beater that are reversible to maximise service. The beaters are also very closely inter-meshed, which is what provides a good spread pattern. Our spreaders have one of the closest inter-meshing on the market; any closer and you begin to have problems with foreign objects blocking the beaters. They were re-designed around 2009 to improve the spread pattern so it is possible you used a model prior to this that maybe didn't have as good a spread as now; however even so this is not something we have been told is problematic with our spreaders.

In relation to the second hand value of the spreaders in our experience, which is quite extensive, we find our spreaders stand up pretty well in the second hand market. As I said before there is little to go wrong on our spreaders, which would generally be a positive when it comes to re-selling.


Ours is a 2003 model.
Never thought there was much wrong with the spread pattern. It's certainly not the widest and you couldn't spread chicken muck on wheat at 12m with it but cow dung driven at 5-6m matches up pretty well on stubbles.

Good to see Marshall getting a bit better press on the forums. Just traded this 1993 8t trailer in for a new one. Has carted half the grain off 400 acres, half the muck from 140 suckler cows and thousands of tonnes of whinstone rock for 20 years. Paint not too shabby either given it's age. Rusty bit on top must be where it sometimes get's too close to Boswell's neep harvester;)

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