What are the biggest problems you have with your dribble bars or trailing shoes?

I am wondering what were the biggest issues or problems you have with your slurry applicators. I have been looking into the different brands and types of dribble bars and I am wondering what was the biggest nuisance you have with your machine. I have seen that some people find some dribble bars to be too heavy for the tanks or that the pipes get clogged.
Thanks
 
You can't really spread with them in dry weather, unless it's very watered down or you get rain after, it just stays in lines.
Does that make a big difference on the soil between the lines? Would it not slowly seep into the soil between the lines as long as the distance between each line isn't too far
 

daveydiesel1

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Co antrim
Some brands use a pipe that goes up then down into the macerator which can become a problem as everytime a load is emptied theres a bit of grit left which falls back down the pipe eventually keeping the backdoor from closing properly but u dont realise as u cant hear it suckin air as u would with a splash plate as theres so many outlets. Quite like the look of a mastek as it doesnt use that design
 

Boysground

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
1) Sand and macerators gets expensive
2) ribbed flexi hose goes brittle, pipe needs to bend as little as possible, can easily block
3) better application than a splash plate more accurate
4) more efficient use of nutrients by the crop

Overall im sticking with the trailing shoe

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Ted M

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Sand is our biggest headache.(6 metre joskin) It wears the bolt heads on the discs in the macerator causing them to all fall off from time to time.
Also find it can dry out and block in the top of the rubber boots where the clamps come on to stop dripping when turning /travelling.
Found by leaving it unfolded and down solves this as everything can run through.
 

kiwi pom

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Location
canterbury NZ
1) Sand and macerators gets expensive
2) ribbed flexi hose goes brittle, pipe needs to bend as little as possible, can easily block
3) better application than a splash plate more accurate
4) more efficient use of nutrients by the crop

Overall im sticking with the trailing shoe

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From what I've seen the trailing shoe doesn't seem to leave such thick lines of slurry? It seems to make more sense to me than a dribble bar but I've only ever used splash plates.
 

Speedstar

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Location
Scottish Borders
Dribble bar for standing crops , i.e wheat & barley etc, grass land it has to be a trailing shoe, no lines to be seen, grass grows faster & better, we have 3 trailing shoes all work well but the Roelama one is the best , but on the whole not had many problems with them at all, on a tanker they are better on a 4 point linkage system
 

Boysground

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
Dribble bar for standing crops , i.e wheat & barley etc, grass land it has to be a trailing shoe, no lines to be seen, grass grows faster & better, we have 3 trailing shoes all work well but the Roelama one is the best , but on the whole not had many problems with them at all, on a tanker they are better on a 4 point linkage system

I find with slurry on wheat in the spring there’s only a small window of opportunity. After gs 30 wheels do too much damage, it’s also a time when the sprayer can be busy so I prefer a trailing shoe so that there’s less slurry on the crops leaves if I have to put a chemical on.

Having said that I also use a contractor in the spring to umbilical onto wheat and he has a dribble bar, it’s not a deal breaker.

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Speedstar

Member
Location
Scottish Borders
I find with slurry on wheat in the spring there’s only a small window of opportunity. After gs 30 wheels do too much damage, it’s also a time when the sprayer can be busy so I prefer a trailing shoe so that there’s less slurry on the crops leaves if I have to put a chemical on.

Having said that I also use a contractor in the spring to umbilical onto wheat and he has a dribble bar, it’s not a deal breaker.

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We use a 24 meter dribble bar & us the tramlines & it works very well
 
Sand is our biggest headache.(6 metre joskin) It wears the bolt heads on the discs in the macerator causing them to all fall off from time to time.
Also find it can dry out and block in the top of the rubber boots where the clamps come on to stop dripping when turning /travelling.
Found by leaving it unfolded and down solves this as everything can run through.
I can see how sand would eat away at the macerator blades but I would never have thought about that. Is your slurry notoriously sandy?
 
Dribble bar for standing crops , i.e wheat & barley etc, grass land it has to be a trailing shoe, no lines to be seen, grass grows faster & better, we have 3 trailing shoes all work well but the Roelama one is the best , but on the whole not had many problems with them at all, on a tanker they are better on a 4 point linkage system
The trailing shoes are much more efficient also at delivering the nutrients to the ground. Does it take a while for the grass to 'break through' the thick lines of slurry from a dribble bar application?
 
1) Sand and macerators gets expensive
2) ribbed flexi hose goes brittle, pipe needs to bend as little as possible, can easily block
3) better application than a splash plate more accurate
4) more efficient use of nutrients by the crop

Overall im sticking with the trailing shoe

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Sand is the kryptonite for macerators and the blades. I havent seen any dribble bars that dont use the green ribbed fleci hose. Its like they all copy each other with the design. There has to be some better alternative to that hose.
 
Some brands use a pipe that goes up then down into the macerator which can become a problem as everytime a load is emptied theres a bit of grit left which falls back down the pipe eventually keeping the backdoor from closing properly but u dont realise as u cant hear it suckin air as u would with a splash plate as theres so many outlets. Quite like the look of a mastek as it doesnt use that design
Which brand uses the pie you are on about? The mastek looks nice alright but the macerator gets blocked often enough I have heard
 

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