This spreader has a strong, tubular frame and incorporates a “greased for life”, sealed bevel drive gearbox. The tester uses the spreader with the club’s Kubota ST30 or Iseki 546 compact tractors.
“It is easy to connect, working off the tractor’s hydraulics and PTO. It is also very easy to load — if the PTO shaft is long enough, you can drop the spreader right down on the hydraulics for loading,” says the tester. The conical hopper has a rounded top edge to prevent damage to bags as the unit is filled.
A four-bladed disc spreads the material. The shutter is made from stainless steel for durability and there is a clod breaker in the base of the hopper. Initially the greenkeeping team had to play with the calibration and rate settings because of the various granule sizes used. Most applications are made between 35g/sq m and 50g/sq m.
An agitator can be fitted for working with powders. The tester prefers not to put such materials through his machine, but he has occasionally used the Sulky for light dressings.
Ruston’s Engineering of Huntingdon distributes Sulky spreaders in the UK.
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