Towing land drive muck spreader.

Hjcarter

Member
Anyone ever towed one of the old style rear discharge land drive muck spreader with a diesel series 3 landy...?

Only need to do a few hectares with well rotted horse muck/ compost.

Can't use a barrel spreader because its between rows of trees and don't want to get a PTO driven one because I'd be hitching/ unhitching the loader all day.
 

Hjcarter

Member
Thanks guys.

No road work so all good there. Just going to be easier for the little bit I need to do rather than all the hitching up every 5 minutes.
 

Roy_H

Member
Towed one with a SWB Nissan terrano no problem, they're designed for a Grey Fergie, horsepower requirement isn't large.

Be careful if travelling at any sort of speed to and from the job, if they jump into gear at speed stuff breaks.
You've just reminded me of a cartoon l saw in a farming magazine many years ago drawn by the late great agricultural cartoonist Brian Chandler ( But now apparently forgotten according to Google 🙁)
The is a guy in a phone box in the middle of a town. Just outside the phone box there is a tractor coupled to an old land drive muck spreader which is empty. The buildings, parked cars etc in the town looked to be covered in s**t. The caption reads "Hi boss It's Jack, you know that machinery check you did this morning? Well the old spreader's just slipped into cog in the middle of the High Street".
 
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Roy_H

Member
They are the actual reason why the pick up hitch was invented
Strange isn't it? Harry Ferguson's 3 point linkage is to be found on nearly every farm tractor sold all over the world but l get the the impression that one of the most useful of all farming inventions, The Pick up Hitch has only really caught on in The UK and perhaps some parts of Europe?
 

Y Fan Wen

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Location
N W Snowdonia
You've just reminded me of a cartoon l saw in a farming magazine many years ago drawn by the late great agricultural cartoonist Brian Chandler ( But now apparently forgotten according to Google 🙁)
The is a guy in a phone box in the middle of a town. Just outside the phone box there is a tractor coupled to an old land drive muck spreader which is empty. The buildings, parked cars etc in the town looked to be covered in s**t. The caption reads "Hi boss It's Jack, you know that machinery check you did this morning? Well the old spreader's just slipped into cog in the middle of the High Street".
Many years ago I called in to the local ag machinery repairers. He was just getting prepared to start on a land drive spreader. The main cog was in 2 halves. The chain was in several bits. All the beaters were fractured or bent. In fact you could say that everything that could be broken was. The owner had bought it in a farm sale and was towing it back home with the LR, going well, when the pawl slipped!
 

Lazy Sod

Member
Location
Warminster
The one in the video above looks just like the Salopian one that my father bought new in 1955, it's the correct colour. I used it a lot from 1961 until '66 by which time it was worn out and it was replaced by a new Howard Rota spreader 100. I cut the beaters out of the back, removed the bed chain and it was our fencing trailer for years. Salopian later merged with Kenneth Hudson and became SKH.
 
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Roy_H

Member
The one in the video above looks just like the Salopian one that my father bought new in 1955, it's the correct colour. I used it a lot from 1961 until '66 by which time it was worn out and it was replaced by a Howard Rota spreader. I cut the beaters out of the back and removed the bed chain of the Salopian and it was our fencing trailer for years. Salopian later merged with Kenneth Hudson and became SKH.
We had a SKH 305, a very good spreader. Before that we had 2 Massey 19 spreaders. I would like to give you my honest opinion on those but l might get thrown off this forum for using obscene language!🤬
 

steveR

Member
Mixed Farmer
Strange isn't it? Harry Ferguson's 3 point linkage is to be found on nearly every farm tractor sold all over the world but l get the the impression that one of the most useful of all farming inventions, The Pick up Hitch has only really caught on in The UK and perhaps some parts of Europe?

And the telescopic PUH is even better... Wasn't it some clever Ag students that first invented the idea?

I often wonder how useful the high-level hitches are in comparison?
 

multi power

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Location
pembrokeshire
Strange isn't it? Harry Ferguson's 3 point linkage is to be found on nearly every farm tractor sold all over the world but l get the the impression that one of the most useful of all farming inventions, The Pick up Hitch has only really caught on in The UK and perhaps some parts of Europe?
I've no knowledge of pick up hitch used anywhere outside of the UK or Ireland
Why anyone would mess around with a drawbar I've no idea
 

steveR

Member
Mixed Farmer
Telescopic hitch is a death trap, should be banned
Swing out hitch as fitted to 40 series fords is probably the best hitch ever

Why??

I am sitting in a cab, hitching up a trailer, and only get down from the cab to couple up cables and pipes after the trailer is hitched. I cannot see the danger in it at all, but am happy to be enlightened.
 
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multi power

Member
Location
pembrokeshire
Why??

I am sitting in a cab, hitching up a trailer, and only get down from the cab to couple up cables and pipes after the trailer is hitched. I cannot see the danger in it at all, but am happy to be enlightened.
I've known a few incidents where hitch is lifted, and latched, but not pulled in properly, it's purely operator error but I don't like any system that is open to error
 

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