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Ferguson A-JO-20 Spreader Bed

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:34 am    Post subject: Ferguson A-JO-20 Spreader Bed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This old girl needs a new bed, and I'm really too lazy to want to replace it board by board. Has anyone used treated plywood for a spreader bed? Seems like it might be a lot quicker and easier.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Ferguson A-JO-20 Spreader Bed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Pat, I can't answer your question as an expert on spreaders, but do know a bit about wood. The new type of pressure treatment is real tough on carbon steel fasteners. May want to use Stainless or at least hot dipped galvanized. Even then, given the naturally corrosive environment of a spreader, I'm not sure the fasteners will do well. I think it's still legal to sell the old style treated wood for ag use, but I don't know anyone around here who sells it. Maybe a marine repair outfit???
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Ferguson A-JO-20 Spreader Bed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I treated the bed of my spreader with used motor oil. I know that the enviromental people would have a roayal fit and step in it, but farmers have been doing that for many years and it works the best out of anything that I have ever used. I'm sure that used motor oil is no worse than the chemicals you buy today for treating wood and works better.

I did this a few years ago and the bed of my spreader hasn't even started to rot. Used motor oil is a little easier on the hardware than treated lumber. In fact my hardware still hasn't started to rust, it looks like I put it all together yesterday.
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