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does anyone make a seed/fertz. spreader that is Quick Hitch compatible??? (I know about the Frontier 2076B that costs over 1k)... thanks
 

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I just checked my files. My Frontier SS1067B spreader was $708 from my local Deere dealer. That was with imatch setup and agitator installed, and delivery.

I had been paying $600 to have my 5 acres of pasture fertilized twice a year, fertilizer included. After buying my own spreader and paying around $350 each time for an equivalent fertilizer, the spreader essentially paid for itself the first year. In addition, I use it for applying lime every year, and for winter rye seed. I had been paying to have that spread as well, so the $700 cost for the spreader was a good investment in equipment.

The Tarter site lists quick hitch compatible spreaders. But I couldn't find any more info than that when I was searching for mine last year.

http://tarterusa.com/tarter-products/fertilizer-spreaders-and-seeders

I did consider buying a cat 1 spreader and just removing the imatch every time I used the spreader. But then I came to my senses.
 

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Frontier 2076B spreader

Doc: my local JD dealer said the Frontier 2076B spreader went up $300 this yr to $1,100? do you have the metal hopper? and what yr. did u purchase?

..and what is your opinion of the Frontier spreader in general. Frontier is app. the only QH spreader option so i may just bite the bullet....
 

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My Frontier SS1067B spreader has a metal hopper. I may be wrong, but I think that the SS2067B spreader is basically the same except that it has a plastic hopper and costs more. My dealer has 12 stores around SC and GA, and they had only one spreader stocked in their system with the imatch setup.

I bought it almost exactly 1 year ago. July 10, 2017 was the delivery date.
 

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..and what is your opinion of the Frontier spreader in general. Frontier is app. the only QH spreader option so i may just bite the bullet....
This is my first tractor, and my first spreader, so I have nothing to compare to my Frontier spreader.

I have used the spreader a dozen times - for lime, fertilizer, and winter rye seed. It has been dependable. I've never had any problems with it.

There is one p otential problem, though, and that is with the PTO shaft that came with my spreader. The imatch hitch moves the spreader further behindthe tractor than the standard three point hitch. So, the PTO shaft functions at a longer setting. When the spreader is in the fully up position for spreading, the PTO shaft is just about parallel to the ground, and is at its most compressed size. When you drop the spreader down towards the ground to make it easier to load with material, the PTO shaft telescopes apart. And it then is right on the verge of separating completely. If it does separate it may not re-engage when you raise the spreader to use it.
 

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thanks Doc.... u got a good deal. maybe a longer shaft would help.

sure its a good spreader. think its made by befco. but deere has lost me on $$ price. before i spend 1.2k on a broadcast spreader i might as well get the pendular. and not a befco. gonna ck out the kubota/vicon.....
 

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I considered modifying a spreader for use with my imatch sfter I found ta hread on the topic, and a youtube video.

https://www.mytractorforum.com/78-lawn-garden-tractor-accessories/673945-jd-ss1023b-fertilizer-spreader-3ph-imatch-conversion.html

It seemed pretty straightforward - reposition the top link attachment, and widen the lift arm connection points and add imatch bushings on the spreader. I spent a long time and took a lot of pictures and measurements of a $399 Countyline spreader at Tractor Supply. It seemed like someone with basic welding skills would have no problem with the conversion. That describes my skill set, but then my Deere dealer came back with a decent price, so I went the Frontier route.

Since the purchase price gap now is approaching the $900 mark,:gizmo:

you could pay to have the conversion done by a skilled welder, and still come out with a decent amount of money saved.
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Since the purchase price gap now is approaching the $900 mark,

you could pay to have the conversion done by a skilled welder, and still come out with a decent amount of money saved.
Even if the difference was $300! It is usually not that difficult to modify the top-link attachment point, which is usually where the quick hitch compatibility issues are.

Worse case, use one of the yoke adapters. It takes all of 30-seconds to attach it.




 

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Doc: my local JD dealer said the Frontier 2076B spreader went up $300 this yr to $1,100? do you have the metal hopper? and what yr. did u purchase?

..and what is your opinion of the Frontier spreader in general. Frontier is app. the only QH spreader option so i may just bite the bullet....
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