I have been a custom applicator for 12 years now and have spread everything from pen pack manure and chicken litter to lime and rotten beets and even chemical and fuel spill sludge clean up. In that time I have tried just about every spreader that is on the market and have found that most spreaders are good for only one application. I could not use my lime spreader to spread manure and I could not use the manure spreader to spread heavy waste and sludge clean up or even litter. However, the ARTEX solved that problem. Now with one spreader I can spread every single thing that farmers and industrial producers throw at me. It is amazingly simple to operate and with hired men, that is very important. The ARTEX is also extremely durable. In over 2 seasons of heavy spreading, I have only had to replace some shear bolts on the drive line. We have had no problems with gear boxes, bed chains or any other part of the spreader and we have run rocks, chunks of conrete and even man hole covers through the spreader. I don’t recommend this but in my line of work, we often get obstructions and that has been the down fall of most spreaders. However, the ARTEX handles these obstructions and keeps on spreading. The company and dealer support are also second to none and the company is committed to continually improving an already rock solid design. I can honestly say that the ARTEX spreader has made my life much easier and has added many dollars to my bottom line. I would recommend to anyone looking to purchase a spreader to look into an ARTEX. I know they have can help you save time and money!