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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Homemade ice cream machines

Serious homemade ice cream lovers will want to look at these USA made ice cream machines-makers-freezers-churns. They are simply the best ice cream freezers on the market today. They are Amish USA made to the old-fashioned USA quality standards once enjoyed by generations before the 1970s.

Whatever you may call them, Ice cream freezer, ice cream maker, ice cream churn or ice cream machine people have been using them to make homemade ice cream clear back to 1660. 

Throughout the centuries homemade ice cream has evolved from flavored snow to the most common approach of using a mixture of ice and salt to create cold enough temperatures to freeze a cream mix in a metal freezer can equipped with rotating dasher blades. 

The means of powering this rotation is still currently done by either a hand crank or an electric motor.

The variations of ice cream machines and materials used in them are what has made the biggest changes over the centuries. This is what creates the decision dilemma of purchasing a great homemade ice cream machine today.

During the 1800s and early 1900s, a multitude of US companies made ice cream machines generally consisting of a wooden tub, a freezer can, dasher and hand crank gear frame to spin the can on a center pivot located at the bottom of the tub. Ice and salt were added around the can filled with the ice cream mix to create the freezing temperatures.

These ice cream machines once were the highlight of most all summer get-togethers and social events. Somewhere along the way, ice cream was not included in the “As American as Apple Pie” saying since ice cream and apple pie is an all-American treat as well. Today they are still a family get- together favorite having the kids learn old-fashioned heritage and values of hand cranking homemade ice cream.

One company, White Mountain, withstood the time and became considered the American standard of ice cream freezers.  It was a White Mountain machine that would be under the Christmas tree and found in and around backyards and parks churning the favorite American summertime treat during the hottest months of summer.

Even though White Mountain may not still be considered the American standard by many, because of using imported parts, they still make quality ice cream machines today especially their Appalachian Series. Even the standard White Mountain Freezers are far more superior when compared to some of the plastic counter top ice cream machines being offered online and in discount retail stores.

During the 70s, 80s, and 90s, many American companies became caught up in the discount chain store frenzy forcing them to find ways to produce things cheaper by using cheaper imported parts so that the mega stores they sold to could undercut the local signal owner merchant store.

The phenomenon of planned obsolescence was also born initially making durable products with a shorter life span so that the consumer would need to replace it instead of selling them something once that would last them a lifetime as products were once made pre-1970s.

Plastic parts seemed to now have replaced metal parts in such critical components such as gears to the point that no company really must work too hard to have a product wear out these days.

Many American companies that complied with the demands of the mega store chains soon found their product quality ratings plummeting and consumer complaints climbing. Before the Internet and social media, a company could still put out a marketing facade and maintain a good market share.

White Mountain was not immune to this criticism and still, today has very mixed reviews even after many product improvements over the last few years, especially in their electric motors. 

The buy American trend is also working against those companies relying heavily on imported parts.

One silent group of people that you might not even consider as being resourceful became as frustrated with the cheapening of products. That is the growing Amish and Mennonite populations across the country and around the world.

For generations, Amish families have purchased items that would sustain their self-sufficient lifestyle and pass those items on to the next generations. During the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s products were made to do just that plus many were still being made to operate without electricity.

The Amish also love to make homemade ice cream and their choice was the American Made White Mountain Freezer.  As they began seeing a decline in quality they began to slowly make their own replacement parts. 

They made their own gears, then the tub and freezer latches and even their own gear frames. Finally, one Amish Company, Country Freezer began making their own ice cream freezer out of all Amish American made parts.

Country Freezer became the new Amish standard ice cream freezer because it was made like the original White Mountain freezers.  As people visited Amish communities and stores they began purchasing the Country Freezers and taking them back home where others saw the quality and wanted one as well.

Country Freezer was the only Amish made freezer up until 2012 when another company developed their own freezer called Immergood Freezers.  Immergood simply further improved upon Country and raised the bar on the old-fashioned ice cream freezer a few more notches.

For years the Amish owner of Immergood was making many of the White Mountain replacement parts and selling both an Amish improved version of White Mountain and Country Freezers to the Amish. He saw an opportunity to improve and even provide a more budget friendly freezer.

Immergood utilized an insulated fiberglass bucket and designed their own heavy duty stainless tub latch, with stainless-steel gears as standard in all their hand crank freezers. They made the stainless-steel freezer can stronger and thicker and added food grade durable poly scrapers and a poly tub center.

At around the same time another Amish company, Lifetime Freezers, started to manufacture their own poly insulated tub freezer with stainless steel hardware and stainless gears as well.  They offer 6 and 8-qt freezers in both hand crank and electric models. Lifetime just hasn’t had the exposure that Immergood has had to be as well known. Lifetime does offer a lifetime warranty on their tubs, hardware and hand crank frame.

Cottage Craft is a unique online store that goes deep into the Amish communities building upon over 40 years of working with the Amish people and culture to find and help bring to market these very durable and high-quality products. They initially found and introduced Immergood Ice Cream Freezers in 2013 and have also added Lifetime freezers to their old-fashioned general store making them the largest online supplier of Amish USA made ice cream freezers providing access to all three Amish brands and models.

The company by far sells more Amish ice cream freezers over the White Mountain Freezers.

While Immergood Freezers are now sprouting up elsewhere on the Internet Cottage Craft Ice Cream Freezers is still the only online store that provides the knowledge, accessories, and parts to truly support Immergood Freezers. They also have direct access to factory stock so you won’t likely hear out of stock or back ordered from them as the Immergood Freezers have become a high demand product, especially during the summer months. Just another testament to the quality of the Immergood brand.

More than just about Ice Cream Makers, Cottage Craft Works is also an old-fashioned emporium of all the old time good stuff for the farm, ranch, and home.

Country Freezers

Immergood Freezers

Lifetime Freezers

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Made in America Homemade Ice Cream Freezers-Makers

Three USA Amish companies Country, Immergood, and Lifetime are still making old-fashioned ice cream freezers as they were made in the early 1900s. These are Amish companies who have developed ice cream freezers based on the original American standard WM ice cream freezer.

You might ask why are Amish made ice cream freezers such a big deal since these people don’t seem to be as technological inclined?

The Amish for one has a rather refreshing view of how things should be made. They don’t subscribe to planned obsolescence. Out of the same frustrations encountered by most over cheaper made imported products the Amish have developed their own products with an overkill in quality parts and materials used. This combined with the attention to quality details and making products to last for generations is what raises the bar on Amish made products. 

As the country transformed to electricity up through the mid-1900s and then experienced an industrial shakeup with a flood of cheaper imported products, the Amish who depend on living off-grid found the supply of quality non-electric goods and wares in shorter supply. Already master furniture builders and skilled machinist the Amish began reproducing items to use in the Amish communities.

You might be surprised at just how technological the Amish have become, they just power things a little bit different than most factories with massive power lines attached.

Tucked in the white buildings next to their homes you will find very advanced machine shops and manufacturing facilities with tools and machinery ran by diesel powered generators, air compressors, or hydraulic pumps.

As the Made in America movement widens and the public steer clear of imported products the Amish made products are really a great value if you can find them.

Since the Amish are not big on computers you won’t find these tucked away factories by a Google Search. Companies such as Cottage Craft have spent decades traveling the back roads within the various Amish communities to seek out these high-quality American made products and bring them to the public.

The Amish appreciate the additional market exposure of their products and depend on the additional revenues generated by outside sales. Otherwise, their marketing is limited to word of mouth or print advertising in Amish papers and flyers as they don’t use the Internet, TV or radio adverting directly.

Cottage Craft Works has been providing a niche market for Amish made products for over a decade now. They are the only online store that has all three brands of Amish made ice cream freezers, plus the folks at Cottage Craftworks are extremely knowledgeable in helping you select the right one for your homemade ice cream making needs. They were the first to discover and bring the Immergood Freezers to the market. 

Just as the small cottage business they serve, Cottage Craft Works owners still answer the phone and provide that old-fashioned customer service that is very rare these days.

While other stores might have one of the brands to sell you, Cottage Craft Works carries all the different models, accessories and replacement parts to support your purchase. They also have the ice cream freezers in stock while others are out of stock.

Ice cream freezers are available in the old-time wooden buckets or the newer highly insulated poly and fiberglass buckets. All the hardware used on the buckets is made from quality stainless steel and made to use and last. All the freezer cans are made with thick stainless steel. Choices range from traditional nickel-plated dashers to all stainless dashers. Hand crank freezers have USA made gears, two brands Immergood and Lifetime, use only stainless-steel gears. Immergood uses wear bushings and does not require grease. Electric motor versions are also available including an all USA motor.

Two brands Immergood and Lifetime also offer insulated tub covers for extended storage of ice cream after it has been made. This is particularly beneficial when serving large groups of guest who might come and go throughout the afternoon. Other stores may not offer this tub cover accessory.

See all the Amish ice cream freezers brands and accessories including the old-fashioned wagon mounted event freezers at Cottage Craft Works Ice Cream Freezers.

Cottage Craft Works, is a full line general store with all their products listed online for easy one stop shopping. It’s much like taking a trip back into time to see all the old-time products they still offer.  If you grew up in the 1950s or 1960s you will appreciate having to once again have access to these vintage products.

Immergood Ice Cream Freezers

Lifetime Hand Crank Ice Cream Freezer
Country Electric Ice Cream Freezer

Monday, July 24, 2017

6 QUART HAND CRANK | 6 QUART Ice Cream Maker

6 QUART HAND CRANK Immergood has raised the bar on old fashioned ice cream maker quality. Customer response has been very popular and the word has quickly spread making Immergood the hottest selling ice cream freezers within and around the Amish communities across the US., Tubs are made of a durable fiberglass blend that has been specially designed to provide an open air space between the layers of fiberglass. This gap is then filled with foam. Ice cream keeps up to three times longer than in traditional ice cream freezers. Immergood then equips the tub with heavy duty stainless tub hardware.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


All the same high-quality USA made materials that have made Immergood a leading brand name for homemade ice cream freezers. Insulated leak-free tub, heavy duty positive latching gear frame tub latch, stainless steel gears and a heavy stainless can.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Understanding The USA Made Immergood Ice Cream Freezers

Many are asking where did this company come from and why is Immergood Ice Cream Freezers becoming so popular?

The answer is simply all about an old-fashioned USA made high-quality product that works exceptionally well in making homemade ice cream.

Somewhere down the line discount stores have browbeaten manufacturers into such cut-rate pricing concessions for ice cream makers-freezers that the consumer has really been getting the short end of the stick.

Those ice cream freezers might be OK for an occasional family get-together but for serious homemade ice cream families, they are finding that the Immergood Ice Cream Freezers are made to last as things use to be made in the early 1900s.

You won’t find the Immergood Company listed on the Internet, because of their popularity you will find several companies now selling Immergood Ice Cream Freezers including Amazon and eBay.

Immergood which is German (Immer Gut), for "Always Good" is manufactured in the USA by an Amish company.

Refreshingly the Amish have a different concept in manufacturing products. Instead of making things at the lowest price point possible to become obsolescent in a few years, they build things to last a lifetime.

Frustrated with the now imported ice cream freezers that once dominating the US ice cream freezer market, the Amish Immergood founder spent years trying to improve those freezers for the Amish communities.

When they cheapened down the tub ear and latches he went the other way and developed a cam lock stainless latch and opposite tub ear that would securely hold the frame in place.

He also developed his own gears for the hand crank models and later began making them out of stainless steel.

Dealing with the thinly made wooden tubs that leaked he developed his own fiberglass and poly insulated leak-free tubs.

He increased the quality and thickness of the stainless steel used in the freezing can to be 40% thicker than the leading imported freezer can.

The rust proof and salt resistant stainless steel have even been carried forward into all stainless Immergood models.

Finally, since he was already making all the parts he decided to launch his own company and Immergood has since then become the most sought-after ice cream freezer in the Amish communities.

Immergood currently uses an imported electric motor to power the 6-qt Immergood freezer or you can upgrade to a USA made motor made by another Amish company for the Country Freezers.

As of 2017 Immergood has developed their own triple action electric motor similar to the air powered motor sold by Cottage Craft The electric motor will not be available until 2018 as it is undergoing final testing and certifications.

You can expect to pay about 1/3 to 1/2 more for the quality made Immergood versus the discount store brands but in the ice cream maker world, you truly get what you pay for.

You can purchase Immergood Ice Cream Freezers online now from various sources.

Cottage Craft is the original supplier of Immergood Ice Cream Freezers. Like many of their products, they were the first ones to discover them deep in the Amish communities realizing the exceptional quality and brought them to the public via e-commerce. 

Cottage Craft Works also offers the largest selection of Immergood Ice Cream Freezers from 4-qt, 6-qt and 8-qt sizes including the all stainless models. They also offer the most accessories including an insulate tub cover and all the replacement parts in case you want to purchase an extra freezer can for making multiple flavors of ice cream. Immergood parts and accessories that you won’t find anywhere else on the Internet.

In business now for over 10 years, Cottage Craft Works has obtained a respected reputation for exceptional customer service and knowledge on what they sell.  Even though they are a full line back-to- basics general store they are the go-to experts on Immergood Ice Cream Freezers.

If you’re in the market for a solid USA made ice cream freezer consider the Immergood and purchasing it from a company that will be there to back you should you ever have problems or need 

Thursday, June 22, 2017


USA Immergood Ice Cream Freezers-Makers have become the leading brand used for making homemade ice cream. The 4-Qt Immergood is perfect for a small family or couple featuring all the same quality materials that have made Immergood ice cream makers so popular.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

How to keep chickens from cracking and eating eggs

Once a chicken gets a taste of egg yolk it’s hard to stop them.

There are just three options, catch the culprit(s), try and break the habit or invest in a nesting system that removes and protects the eggs from the chickens as soon as they are laid.

Next, to collecting the eggs as frequent as possible, the easiest solution is probably to just identify the perpetrator(s) and make a big pot of chicken stew.
This is not always easy and does take some detective work.
Depending on the size of your flock, there may be more than just one.
You might just luck out by checking the beaks for possible egg yolk residue.
If you just have a few, try the process of elimination by isolating them as best as possible to identify the culprit.
Rotate them through a temporary holding pen and nesting box. As you remove one hen from the flock for a couple days at a time and the issue stops you will know you have the culprit.
If you find one nest(s) that seems to be hit the most and you have a wall or post directly in front of the nest, consider going high tech with a surveillance video cam and see if you can capture the perpetrator in action.
Surprisingly it may not actually be a chicken but another egg seeking predator, such as a rat or snake that you may only capture on video.
In using a video, you might need some type of ID system to mark the back of the head of the hens if there’s not already distinguishing features.
Some water based face paints dabbed on the comb or feathers, or a number when they are on the roost will help to provide the positive ID.
If you have a large flock and want to try breaking the habit, some decoy eggs might work. These can be either wooden or plastic eggs. Some have even used golf balls.
The concept is to collect the fresh eggs soon as possible and replace them with a decoy egg. As the chickens peck the decoy eggs hopefully they will discover they are wasting their time and will give up.
Others indicated they have had success by taking a regular egg and poking just a large enough hole to remove the yolk and egg white and then replacing it with mustard.
If you're just tired of messing with broken and cracked eggs and want to upgrade your nesting boxes consider roller egg nesting boxes.
The name basically says it all. The egg rolls forward into a covered compartment as soon as they are laid to prevent them from being seen by the chickens.
You can find roller egg nesting box plans online if you want to try and build them yourself. You can also find galvanized metal roll-a-way egg nesting boxes online, such as the ones from

The galvanized nesting boxes are an initial investment but they are built for many years of use. The key is to find them made without any plastic parts that will eventually break off.
If you need to purchase new lumber to build the nesting boxes from plans, really sharpen the pencil and figure out the material cost.
With the price of new lumber, these readymade galvanized ones may not be that much difference.
You will have a labor factor on either type, as you will either be building wooden ones or assembling the metal ones. But there’s no measuring or cutting so assembly won't be as much labor time.
Metal nesting boxes are also easier to clean and disinfect than wooden nest in case you ever have an infestation problem.
The nesting boxes can be lifted and taken outside to pressure wash and disinfect.
Roller nesting boxes do take some changes in the way you work with them. They are designed to use little nesting material or none at all so that the eggs can roll forward into a covered compartment.
As odd and foreign as this might sound, doing completely away with nesting material also means less chance of infestations.
The nesting boxes from Cottage also come with a wooden training egg to encourage the chickens to begin nesting.
If your chickens are accustomed to nesting boxes with bedding, you can start out with full nesting material, to begin with, and then gradually pull out the material until you have completely eliminated it.
The quicker that you can capture the eggs into the roll away compartment the faster you will be able to have your eggs protected.

Kick Scooters, Kick Bikes are easy and fun to ride for all ages

Scooters look like a bicycle but have an open standing foot board in place of the seat and pedals. Riders propel using one foot to push back.
US kick scooter bike enthusiast is finding USA Amish made kick scooters to be a great equivalent to the European models.
They can enjoy the benefits of a kick scooter without having to pay the hefty prices for the imported European models.

One of the more popular European 26/20 aluminum kick bikes is not even available in the US.
The US Amish made LA MX 26/20 Aluminum Kick Scooter may not look as sleek as the Finnish Max 26/20 model.

However, for the price and many of equivalent features it defiantly is something to look at.
US Amish scooters use wheel sizes ranging from 12" up to 26”.
The larger sizes even have aluminum racing rims and high-pressure tires.
These are a far cry from those little Red Radio scooters that many of us grew with as a kid.
Larger wheeled kick scooters are also more practical over the small aluminum sidewalk scooters.
The Amish scooters can take you down standard bike paths and just about anywhere else that you might ride a standard bike.
You can also get from point A to point B in about a third of the time as walking.
A push scooter or kick bike is called such because the rider uses a push and kick back motion with one leg to propel forward.
There's no seat or pedals, just an open footboard to stand on and kick from.
Standard bicycles with their narrow seats are not the most comfortable for some people to ride, especially as they become older.
Climbing on and then trying pedal and balance a traditional bike is also an issue for many who have aging issues.
Many who enjoyed biking have just given up the prospects of ever riding again.
Kick scooters just might allow those to enjoy biking once again.
They are easy to step on and off the platform, even with a full skirt.
Like most things one product does not fit all
One group of Kick Bikers who enjoy the sport of racing kick bikes want them just for off road extreme sports.
This is one of the exciting aspects of kick biking that has made the European models so popular.
Like fine European automobiles, European manufacturers promote their kick bikes for racing in extreme sports.
The Amish kick scooters are probably not the best suited for this type of off-road use.
They are built for the more casual and conservative users.
History of the Amish kick scooters
The Amish kick scooters have been used by the Pennsylvanian Amish since the mid-1970s.
From Amish children to adults you will see Amish families in Pennsylvanian using these kick scooters for trips to school, town, and work.
You may have even seen them on some of the recent television shows about the Amish communities located in Pennsylvanian.
Local Amish church leaders prescribe the rules on how the Amish will use transportation devices and how they will be designed.
For whatever the reason, they have banned the use of a peddled bicycle in the Pennsylvanian Amish communities.
In one Amish community in Pennsylvanian, the Amish Bishop will only allow his members to use the smaller 12" scooters.
In that area of Pennsylvanian, you will only see the smaller scooters being used by both children and adults.
Other Amish communities such as in Ohio and Indiana allow standard bicycles.
Kick Bikes may provide a good work out
For those who would like to up their calorie burns over walking but are just not into running or riding a traditional bicycle, a kick scooter just may be the answer.
You can walk alongside a kick scooter, step on and scoot and then walk again as many time as you want to alternate your workout routine.
Kick scooters are not required to maintain a certain speed to balance either.
They are very low to the ground so that a person can just step off when they rather walk a bit or jump back on and speed up the calorie burn.
Kick scooters may also provide a good core body workout with the motions required to push off and scoot. If one leg gets tired the rider can switch over and kick push with the opposite leg.
Those who have had a partial stroke or knee injury may find that a kick scooter allows them to keep one leg more stationary while they use their good leg to propel.
The Amish kick scooters provide the lowest ground clearance on the market.
This is very important in having less fatigue while not having to use the foot and leg to reach as far down as pushing back off a higher platform.
This also may cause less stress on the stationary leg and knee that often occurs when the body must stoop further down in order for the propelling leg and foot to touch the ground and cycle through the push.
Push scooters may appear hard to use, but were probably one of the first bikes that we learned to ride as a kid.

For those who just want to have a nice ride, learning the glide pattern is when you hit the sweet spot.
Find your Amish Kick Scooter at Cottage Craft  Cottage Craft Works is a unique online general store providing high-quality Amish made products that are still being made with the quality and integrity of things that were reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Stainless Water Hydrant Resist Air, Water, Soil Corrosion

Commercial quality stainless steel water hydrant resists corrosive atmosphere elements from saltwater coastal areas and acid corrosive soil conditions.

Made with a heavy duty stainless steel standpipe, stainless foot valve, stainless valve rod and stainless cam lock handle the Amish USA made 401 Freezless Water Hydrant is truly a stainless-steel hydrant while others may have a stainless-steel pipe and rod, they still use a brass foot valve that is problematic in some alkaline soils.

Corrosive conditions either by salt water or high acid containing soil conditions can destroy traditional galvanized pipe and brass foot valve water hydrants in very short time. Making them very costly and an inconvenience to replace especially when they are surrounded with a concrete slab or in the dead of winter when the frost line is difficult to penetrate for replacement.

Traditional water hydrants can also become very difficult to open and shut especially by children and women who routinely use them for daily animal watering and gardening.

Commercial applications such as parks and RV resorts depend greatly on frost proof water hydrants and generally find that the traditional water hydrants can become a maintenance nightmare when they are available for public use.

The Amish made 401 Freezless Water Hydrant available at Cottage Craft solves many of these problems.  It was designed by a plumber in Holmes County Ohio who had been serving area farmers and homeowners for over 30 years. On the typical water hydrants, he noted the failure rates were occurring from the galvanized pipe, the plunger rod, or the brass foot valve causing the need to replace the complete hydrant.

Holmes County Ohio is home to one of the largest Amish population in the Nation.  It also has pockets of high alkaline soil. 

John also noted that it was the Amish women and children who were doing most of the livestock watering and gardening as daily chores and seen the struggles first hand they were having operating the traditional hydrant valve handles.

John designed the 401 Water Hydrant and engaged an Amish manufacturing company to make them.  He designed a cam operated lever system that would open the valve with very little effort.  He also made the lever part out of stainless steel for rustproof years of service.

Instead of the typical iron or soft brass rod used in most hydrants to connect the top to the foot valve he used stainless steel. Then instead of galvanized pipe he also used stainless steel. To make the hydrant more bullet proof from corrosion the foot valve was also made from stainless steel. This obviously increased the cost but that is in keeping with the refreshing way that Amish people do things and why the 401 Freezless Hydrant is a good investment for the long term.

You see the Amish are just not as interested in making products as cheaply as they can, their focus is on making good strong dependable products that will last and not leave the consumer feeling as they were cheated after just a few years.

For over the past 10 years Cottage Craft has been the only company online offering the 401 Hydrant and out of those 10 years has only needed to send out one replacement valve gasket.  A solid indication of just how well this hydrant works even in commercial applications.

Cottage Craft is an emporium of old-fashioned quality made products. The owners have spent years on the back roads in Amish communities seeking out functional products for the farm, home, and garden. Ninety percent of the products the company features are USA Amish made in small Amish shops and factories. Most of the products are still made and handled by the Amish shop owners who have an outstanding reputation for high-quality products like things that were being made in the 1950s and 1960s

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chicken Nesting Boxes | Rollaway Egg Nest Box


Chicken Nesting Boxes |  Rollaway Egg Box

Rollaway HD GALV USA Amish roll out chicken nesting boxes protect eggs. 2, 4, 8 comp and Community 48", 24". The original supplier of rollaway nest boxes.

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Rollaway nesting boxes provide a cleaner more sanitary environment, increase production, protect eggs from damage and reduce labor time.

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Rollaway egg nesting boxes are specially designed to allow eggs to roll forward into an upfront holding tray to keep them safe from chickens stepping on or pecking at them.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Compact Manure Spreaders | Hobby Equine Ranch Spreader

The Amish built E-Z Spreaders are built with thicker steel oversized chain and sprockets. These compact spreaders are built stronger than the competition.

The Amish just don’t brag or do a lot of marketing hype, simply the E-Z spreaders are the best-kept secret in the manure spreader market.

Just ask the leading competitor of the compact manure spreader market their overall weight and you will quickly understand that the E-Z spreaders are almost twice the overall empty weight in quality materials. 700 lbs. for the EZ 25 compared to 400 lbs. for one of the closest competitors. Other competitors are even more lightweight for near the same cost.

Most all the E-Z spreaders components are oversized. The Amish use 11-gauge steel while others use thinner 13 and 14-gauge steel. The Amish use 1 3/8” axles while the others use 1 ¼”. The E-Z spreader web chain is made of #50 T-Rod roller chain while others use #40.

Patterned after the old New Idea manure spreaders a favorite of Amish farmers for generations these E-Z spreaders are built just like the old-fashioned parts were made. In fact, many of the parts are still interchangeable and used by the Amish to rebuild old New Idea manure spreaders.

These little workhorses will likely spread natural gold nutrients on your hobby farm or ranch for a lifetime and on to the next generations.

While the competition is looking at ways to reduce the cost to maintain profits, the Amish just keep building them to last as they always have.

Compare with the control arms used to engage the auger and drive wheels and you will see that the E-Z spreaders still use the old-style implement ratchet arms attached directly to drive links. The competition uses lighter duty arms and some even use cables to attach to the drive links.

The E-Z manure spreaders are user-friendly and easy to maintain. The Amish go to an extra effort to add extended tube grease zerks making it easy to reach from the sides with a grease gun.

Typical compact manure spreader in the 25 and 30-bushel sizes include steel painted sides and durable poly lumber floors.

The larger sizes up to 75 bushel have a poly wood floor and poly sides.

The 25 bushel is easy to maneuver in tight stables measuring only 60” wide and 8’ long many appreciate the ability to get it in tight spaces compared to their previously owned spreaders.  The 30 bushel is only 1‘ longer. Both models are only 3’ tall for easy loading using small compact tractors and skid loaders.

Both the E-Z 25 and 30 are ground driven spreaders easily pulled with compact tractors or even ATVs.

Spreaders may be equipped with a fines pan for use with sawdust and wood chip manure beddings that will not work with a traditional manure spreader made to spread straw based manure. 

Since E-Z Spreaders are Amish made they can be ordered for horse-drawn operation and even ordered with steel wheels in place of the air tire wheels.

Cottage Craft is your online source for the Amish made E-Z manure spreaders. You may arrange for shipping or for factory pickup.

E-Z spreaders are being used from coast to coast and have even been shipped as far as Australia.

Also, see the heavy-duty Amish made oat crimper, roller machines. Fresh crimped oats reportedly provide better nutrition and digestive benefits over non-crimped oats while reducing the number of oats it takes for daily feedings. 

Cottage Craft Works offers two sizes of oat crimpers, the CCW #3 will also crimp and crack grains for other livestock feed.

Cottage Craft is a full line general store with Amish made products for the home, garden, farm and ranch.

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