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85 ft³ GD – Mid-Sized Manure Spreader

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Categories: Manure Spreader, Ground Driven Tags: Commercial Use, Equestrians, Hobby Farmers, Livestock Owners, Tractor

85 ft³ Ground Drive Manure Spreader

The ABI 85 cuft Ground Driven manure spreader is ABI's mid-sized and incredibly capable commercial platform manure spreader. These 4-speed ground driven spreaders can be pulled with a compact tractor and are ideal for farms with up to 15 horses. With ease of use, serviceability, and safety already built-in by design, the ABI Classic Spreader offers standard features such as 10-gauge COR-TEN steel, fully welded box frame construction, 4-speed variable flow control, 3 beaters for both inline shredding and spreading, ratcheting hubs, a protective box liner, and poly-lumber flooring. From the ground up, the ABI Classic Manure Spreader is truly a superior spreader for hobby farms, horse stables. Offered with 5 assurances in writing: 1) AttachMatch Money-Back Guarantee* 2) 10 Year Apron Chain Limited Warranty* 3) 10 Year Spreader Box & Frame Limited Warranty* 4) 3 Year Mechanical & Construction Limited Warranty* 5) Lifetime Poly-Lumber Flooring Limited Warranty* - *See Documentation

Simply Works Better

The easy-to-engage levers and pull-ropes, swing-away jack stand, durable apron chain, and safety bumper make the Classic Spreader by ABI a cinch to use. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that it’s designed to not only be easier to use, but work better than any of the competition! Our innovative variable speed spread and shredding bars ensure a finer, better spread-every time-for a long time!

Built Tougher to Last Longer

We built the Classic Spreader to be tough as a tank, with heavy welded steel construction, rust-resisting coaltar epoxy lining, Commercial-Grade Coating AUE-370, and heavy duty components. Beyond that, we designed the classic spreader to be easy to maintain and service, ensuring it’ll be working hard for many years! And just in case, each Classic Spreader is covered by a hefty warranty!

Healthier Pastures

Manure is an integral part of a healthy farm, and getting it out of the stable and into your pasture is made even safer and easier with the Classic Spreader. With our innovative shred-and-spread design and variable-speed operation, manure is spread more evenly and finely. A finer and more even spread gets the manure’s rich nutrients back into the ground as quickly as possible, which ensures your pastures are safer and healthier for your horses!

Ground Driven Manure Spreader, 85 cu ft Line Drawing

Gauge Steel

10

Beater Bars

3

Flow Control Speeds

4

Limited Warranty

3 Year / Lifetime

Built in Lancaster Pennsylvania, by highly skilled craftsman with decades of spreader building experience, these spreaders are crafted for daily farm-use-conditions and made of the most durable components we know of. Materials such as grade-5 bolts, greaseable bearings, oil-impregnated bronze bushings, heavy-duty size 60 roller chain (nearly 1″ wide), T-Rod apron chain, and hardened sprockets ensure longevity. You can judge a spreaders materials and components quality by its overall unit weight, the heavier the better. The ABI spreader weighs nearly 1/3 more than equivalently sized competitors spreaders. Now that is tangible quality you can feel!

Ground Driven Manure Spreader, 85 cu ftDetach

4-Speed Variable Flow Control

Unlike most competitors, all ABI Classic Manure spreaders feature the ability to control the flow rate of manure being applied to the ground with 4 different speeds. Flow control is accomplished by speeding up or slowing down the apron web, that feeds manure to the back beaters, independently of ground speed. The speeds are adjusted via the front lever and enables the operator to either empty the manure as fast as possible or apply controlled amounts of manure to specific areas to maximize its’ fertilizer value. Variable flow control also enables this spreader to handle a wider range of manure, as manure consistency can change depending on manure type, bedding material, stage of decomposition, and weather, without causing damage or additional maintenance to the spreader. And finally having 4-speeds encourage an eco-balanced pasture by enabling a slow manure feed rate and high beater spin rate for fine shredding and spreading.

Ground Driven Manure Spreader, 85 cu ft Beater Bars

Shreds & Then Spreads - 3 Beater Bars

The 85 cu. ft. model is equipped standard with 3 beater bars. Two designed to shred manure and the other designed to spread it evenly. The shredder beaters, with 100 shredding blades, is geared slower than the wide spread beater to maximize shredding power. The spreading beater is expertly designed to further breakdown the manure and evenly distribute it on the ground. The 85 cu. ft. manure spreader has 8 large wide spread paddles. Shredding before spreading and then evenly spreading over a wide swath, exposes more manure surface to sunlight which allows it to dry and decompose far more quickly. Owning an ABI manure spreader that both shreds manure before it spreads and also controls the amount of manure being applied to the ground, enables the horse owner to help maintain an eco-balanced pasture. An eco-balanced pasture can help reduce colic, increase pasture turn efficiency rates, help produce more vigorous grass growth, and reduce odor & flies around the farm.

Ground Driven Manure Spreader, 85 cu ft Ground Drive

Advanced Ground Drive System

Unlike many other spreaders, the ABI Manure Spreader provides constant power to the apron chain and beater bars via an advanced ground drive system, even during tight turns on rough pastures. The right wheel drives the apron chain and the left wheel drives the beater bars (in relationship to the tow vehicle), however both wheels also work in unison to maximize traction and prevent the apron and beaters from running at incompatible speeds, preventing damage. This works similar in concept to a locking differential on a truck and forces both wheels to turn in unison, regardless of the traction (or lack thereof) available to either wheel individually. In addition to a heavy unit weight, this systems allows ABI spreaders to spread in most any condition, even on frozen ground. The ratcheting hubs allow the wheels to move in reverse, without turning the apron or beaters, protecting moving parts from damage, preventing the chain from jumping sprockets, and preventing manure from being thrown onto the tow vehicle and operator!

PTO Manure Spreader, 125 cu ft – Horse Manure Spreader End Gate

Hydraulic End Gate

The Hydraulic End Gate is designed to close off the back end of the manure spreader to prohibit spillage out the back of the spreader into the barn aisle or during transport. The end gate is raised and lowered hydraulically and serves to additionally help deflect flying manure away from the operator and tow vehicle while spreading.

PTO Manure Spreader, 125 cu ft – Horse Manure Spreader Fines Pan

Fines Pan / Litter Pan

For those that leave nothing to chance, the Fines Pan prevents small fines of manure from falling off the back of the spreader and to the ground without first being processed by the beater bar. The pan has a release for easy cleaning and is replaceable. The Fines Pan can also assist in preventing manure from falling out the back of the spreader during loading and transport. A fines pan is highly desired when spreading dry material such a saw dust bedding, wood chip bedding, or dry compost; any type of material with small fines.

For those that leave nothing to chance, the Fines Pan prevents small fines of manure from falling off the back of the spreader and to the ground without first being processed by the beater bar. The pan has a release for easy cleaning and is replaceable. The Fines Pan can also assist in preventing manure from falling out the back of the spreader during loading and transport. A fines pan is highly desired when spreading dry material such a saw dust bedding, wood chip bedding, or dry compost; any type of material with small fines.

Manure Spreader, Horse Manure Spreader

10 Gauge Steel

We start with extremely thick 10 gauge corrosion-resistant COR-TEN steel construction. Unlike most spreaders, the Classic Spreader is a longterm “one-time” investment which has a fully welded box frame, using thicker steel, for worry-free durability. COR-TEN steel may be exposed to the elements, even unfinished, and rust will not perforate it for decades. With COR-TEN steel, you get the longevity and strength required to build a world-class spreader, without the unneeded additional expense and structural weakness of stainless steel.

Spreader Liner

Protective Body Liner

The inside of the spreader body is coated with a Coal-Tar-Epoxy liner. The Coal-Tar-Epoxy liner adds an industrial seal to protect from the severe corrosive effects of urine filled manure. Coal-Tar-Epoxies are commonly used to line underground sewage tanks and pipelines, and even protect the hulls of barges in salt water.

Spreader, Flooring

Lifetime Poly-Lumber Flooring

The bottom flooring is constructed of extremely thick tongue-and-groove polyvinyl lumber that will never rot, rust, or need replacing. Even better yet, the tongue-and-groove construction prohibits the individual poly-boards from warping, preventing excessive wear or damage to the apron web. This is a premium maintenance free flooring that will last and comes standard with a limited lifetime warranty.

Spreader components

Superior-Quality Craftsmanship & Components

Built in Lancaster Pennsylvania, by highly skilled craftsman with decades of spreader building experience, these spreaders are crafted for daily farm-use-conditions and made of the most durable components we know of. Materials such as grade-5 bolts, greaseable bearings, oil-impregnated bronze bushings, heavy-duty size 60 roller chain (nearly 1″ wide), T-Rod apron chain, and hardened sprockets ensure longevity. You can judge a spreaders materials and components quality by its overall unit weight, the heavier the better. The ABI spreader weighs nearly 1/3 more than equivalently sized competitors spreaders. Now that is tangible quality you can feel!

Rustoleum

Commercial-Grade Coating (PPG AUE-370)

All steel components are sand-blasted before painting to prime for perfect adhesion. A special commercial-grade coating (PPG AUE-370), a black gloss acrylic urethane paint twice as thick as Rust-Oleum is then applied. Unlike powder-coating, this paint is easy to repair and touch-up and moisture cannot get behind it which eliminates the possibility of rust forming under the finish layer.

Proudly manufacturered in the USA

Manufactured Right Here

You want the best quality materials, you want the highest quality workmanship, you want your attachments made in the United States of America–and so do we! That’s why, since 1997, we’ve been manufacturing and selling equipment built to exceed your expectations, just like we should. This attention to detail creates products that are durable, reliable, and ready to do your toughest work–day after day.

Enhanced Standard Warranty For Farm, Ranch, and Commercial Tools

Enhanced Standard Warranty

We build equipment with commercial-grade construction and superior craftsmanship, so you can rest assured it will last a very long time. And to back that up, we offer a limited warranty on this product. See warranty documentation for details.

  • Mechanical: 3 Year
  • Box & Frame: 10 Year (Farm & Ranch) / 3 Year (Commercial)
  • Apron Chain: 10 Year (Farm & Ranch) / 3 Year (Commercial)
  • Poly Floor: Lifetime

Capacity

25ft3 Ground Drive 50ft3 Ground Drive 65ft3 Ground Drive 85ft3 Ground Drive 50ft3 PTO 85ft3 PTO 125ft3 PTO 185ft3 PTO
Heaped Capacity 25 cu ft. 50 cu ft. 65 cu ft. 85 cu ft. 50 cu ft. 85 cu ft. 125 cu ft. 185 cu ft.
Struck Capacity 15 cu ft. 29 cu ft. 39 cu ft. 47 cu ft. 29 cu ft. 47 cu ft. 84 cu ft. 112 cu ft.
Number of Horses up to 4 up to 8 up to 11 up to 15 up to 8 up to 15 up to 22 up to 35

Features

25ft3 Ground Drive 50ft3 Ground Drive 65ft3 Ground Drive 85ft3 Ground Drive 50ft3 PTO 85ft3 PTO 125ft3 PTO 185ft3 PTO
Platform Compact Compact Compact Commerial Ag Compact Commerial Ag Commerial Ag Commerial Ag
Drive Ground Ground Ground Ground PTO PTO PTO PTO
Steel Type COR-TEN COR-TEN COR-TEN COR-TEN COR-TEN COR-TEN COR-TEN COR-TEN
Steel Gauge 12 12 12 10 12 10 10 10
Number of Beaters 2 2 2 3 2 3 3 3
In-Line Shredding Beater
# of Spreading Paddles 8 10 10 8 10 8 10 14
# of Shredding Blades 32 32 32 100 32 100 120 160
Flow Control Speeds 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 variable
Speed Adjustment Lever Lever Lever Lever Pull Rope Pull Rope Pull Rope Hydraulic
Spray Shield - - - -
Jack Stand Dolly Wheel Dolly Wheel Dolly Wheel Skid Plate Skid Plate Skid Plate Skid Plate Skid Plate
Tires Ag Traction Ag Traction Ag Traction Ag Traction Radial Floatation Floatation Floatation
Ratcheting Hubs - - - -

Vehicle Requirements

25ft3 Ground Drive 50ft3 Ground Drive 65ft3 Ground Drive 85ft3 Ground Drive 50ft3 PTO 85ft3 PTO 125ft3 PTO 185ft3 PTO
Tractor Type Mower Sub & Compact Sub & Compact Compact & Utility Compact & Utility Compact & Utility Compact & Utility Utility
Min. Horsepower 18 HP 22 HP 25 HP 25 HP 22 HP 25 HP 35 HP 50 HP
Min. Hydraulic Pump - - - - - - - 8 Gal/Min
Utility Vehicle Type ATV & UTV ATV & UTV Large ATV & UTV Large UTV - - - -
Min. CC 350 CC 550 CC 600 CC 4WD 950 CC 4WD - - - -

Weights & Dimensions

25ft3 Ground Drive 50ft3 Ground Drive 65ft3 Ground Drive 85ft3 Ground Drive 50ft3 PTO 85ft3 PTO 125ft3 PTO 185ft3 PTO
Unit Weight 680 lbs 825 lbs 947 lbs 2,095 lbs 825 lbs 2,095 lbs 2,650 lbs 3,175 lbs
Shipping Weight 854 lbs 1,001 lbs 1,225 lbs 2,095 lbs 1,001 lbs 2,095 lbs 2,650 lbs 3,175 lbs
Empty Tongue Weight 45 lbs 57 lbs 75 lbs 150 lbs 57 lbs 150 lbs 200 lbs 250 lbs
Total Dimensions (L x W x H) 110" x 48" x 43" 132" x 54" x 43" 151" x 58" x 54" 200" x 72" x 59" 132" x 54" x 43" 200" x 72" x 59" 234" x 86" x 66" 252" x 94" x 68"
Box Dimensions (L x W x H) 60" x 28" x 16" 76" x 35" x 19" 84" x 35" x 19" 100" x 40" x 20" 76" x 35" x 19" 100" x 40" x 20" 125" x 48" x 24" 140" x 60" x 23"
Box Flared Height 33" 40" 40" 45" 40" 45" 43" 68"
Loaded Height 33" 34" 36" 43" 34" 43" 50" 53"

Warranty

25ft3 Ground Drive 50ft3 Ground Drive 65ft3 Ground Drive 85ft3 Ground Drive 50ft3 PTO 85ft3 PTO 125ft3 PTO 185ft3 PTO
Mechanical 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 Year
Workmanship 10 Year 10 Year 10 Year 10 Year 10 Year 10 Year 10 Year 10 Year
Poly-Lumber Floor Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime

Capacity

Classic Spreader 85ft3
Heaped Capacity 85 cu ft
Struck Capacity 47 cu ft
# of Horses Up To 15

Features

Classic Spreader 85ft3
Platform Commercial Ag
Ground Driven: Yes
Steel Type: COR-TEN
Steel of Gauge: 10
# of Beaters: 3
In-line Shreddding Beater: Yes
# of Spreading Paddles: 8
# of Shredding Blades: 100
Flow Control Speeds: 4
Speed Adjustment: Lever
Spray Shield: -
Bed Liner: Yes
Poly Lumber Floor: Yes
Jack Stand: Skid Plate
Tires Ag Traction
Ratcheting Hubs: Yes

Min, Vehicle Requirements

Classic Spreader 85ft3
Tractor Type: Compact & Utility
Min. Horsepower: 25 hp
Min. Hydraulic Pump: -
Min. CC: 950cc (4WD)

Weights

Classic Spreader 85ft3
Unit Weight: 2,095 lbs
Shipping Weight: 2,095 lbs
Empty Tongue Weight: 150 lbs

Unit Dimensions

Classic Spreader 85ft3
Total Length: 200" (16' 8")
Total Width: 72" (6')
Total Height: 59" (4' 11")
Box Length: 100" (8' 4")
Box Width: 40" (3' 4")
Box Height: 20" (1' 8")
Box Flared Width: 45" (3' 9")
Loading Height: 43" (3' 7")

Warranty

Classic Spreader 85ft3
Mechanical 3 Year
Workmanship (Farm & Ranch): 10 Year
Workmanship (Commercial): 3 Year
Poly Lumber Floor: Lifetime

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  1. Joseph d furlano

    It was everything I hoped for and then some ! Quality built in the good old USA ! If it ever wears out I would purchase another one from ABI

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  2. Will Conyngham

    Love this spreader. I bought my 85 GD spreader in Spring of 2015 and it runs flawlessly today. A pleasure to use; looks like new still ( well, almost new).

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  3. Michael Gutzman

    I bought this 85 PTO manure spreader early in 2021. I’ve never bought a piece of farm equipment online (and I have bought a lot of equipment!). I watched the videos and listened to the sales person. None of it was BS… rolling it off the trailer I was totally impressed! It’s built tough and easy to operate. Truly a unexpected pleasure.

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