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HiSpec XCEL1250 ma­nure spreader

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The Ir­ish HiSpec range of agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery is pop­u­lar with farm­ers and con­trac­tors, re­spected for its ro­bust build and high-qual­ity fin­ish.

One con­trac­tor who swears by the brand is Kiwi Phil Hawke, so we headed over to his base in Hin­uera, in New Zealand’s Waikato re­gion, to check out his new HiSpec XCEL 1250 reardis­charge ma­nure spreader.

Phil Hawke Con­tract­ing cov­ers cul­ti­va­tion, plant­ing, hay, silage and maize, and also pro­vides ef­flu­ent man­age­ment ser­vices to lo­cal farm­ers out­side of peak sea­son.

A key fea­ture of his new HiSpec XCEL 1250 is ca­pac­ity, which he reck­ons is about 40 per cent bet­ter than his old gear.

The rub­ber seals at the front and rear hold liq­uids with­out los­ing half the load be­tween load­ing and spread­ing, which is im­por­tant to Phil as he will use this ma­chine to spread ef­flu­ent from weep­ing wall set­ups.

This will pro­vide ex­tra work for the busi­ness through­out the year, par­tic­u­larly in early spring be­fore crop­ping and cul­ti­va­tion to give a boost to those pad­docks.


The other pos­i­tive, Phil says, is the unique flail de­sign of the shred­ding ro­tor at the back. Most other muck spread­ers use ei­ther twin ver­ti­cal or hor­i­zon­tal auger spread­ers. These work fine un­til you try to spread a con­crete post or tyres or what­ever else makes its way into the spreader un­seen, po­ten­tially cost­ing both time and dol­lars to re­pair.

The ma­chine was pur­chased in March this year and, since then, driver Ol­lie Hawke has spread weep­ing wall/solid ef­flu­ent slurry, chicken lit­ter and goat barn ma­te­rial.

The day I caught up with the team, we put through some top­soil to check the spread pat­tern. It gave a great spread, with a rough mea­sure­ment of around 25m. Ol­lie says that, gen­er­ally, he would work on around 16m to 18m for chicken lit­ter, and with slurry be­ing heav­ier, he’d ex­pect around 24m.


I was im­pressed with the con­struc­tion of the XCEL spreader. Muck spread­ing is never usu­ally an easy job, but this unit is made to han­dle what­ever is thrown in it.

With a 4mm wall, 5mm floor, and 12mm Har­dox ro­tor flails, it’s durable and strong. The 14mm twin floor chains and 22 16mm ro­tor chains en­able the op­er­a­tor to smash up what­ever you’ve loaded and pro­vide an even ma­te­rial con­sis­tency.

Options are also avail­able to cus­tomise the spreader for dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions.


Op­er­a­tion of the HiSpec XCEL spreader is straight­for­ward. Hooked up to one of Phil’s Fendt 818 trac­tors, power was no

prob­lem on the flat pad­docks we were in. How­ever, with a weight of 6.8 tonnes empty and 12 tonnes loaded, tractor weight and power could be more im­por­tant work­ing on hilly coun­try.

To get un­der way, sim­ply se­lect the PTO speed of 1000. The

PTO drives the rear spin­ners as well as the shred­ding ro­tor. All gear­boxes are rated to 200hp.

Two hy­draulic out­lets are re­quired for op­er­a­tion: one for the floor and the other for the rear door height to con­trol flow of ma­te­rial to the rear spread­ers. This re­quires the most prac­tice.

The sur­pris­ing de­sign as­pect of this ma­chine is that, with the anti-clock­wise ro­ta­tion of the shred­ding ro­tor, most of the ma­te­rial has to be lifted and thrown against the rear Har­dox cover/door be­fore drop­ping onto the spreader plates.

I think that this is a big factor in the ac­cu­racy of the spread achieved in our tests.

The four spread­ing vanes use a sim­ple shear bolt sys­tem to pro­vide pro­tec­tion in case of a block­age. There is man­ual ad­just­ment of the rear door to al­ter/op­ti­mise spread pat­tern.

Pre­vi­ous to this model, HiSpec used a four-floor sys­tem. In this model they have gone back to a two-chain sys­tem on the edges with box sec­tion to im­prove spread pat­tern.

The hy­draulic floor drive has an ac­cu­mu­la­tor/pres­sure relief sys­tem to pre­vent dam­age.

Slightly dif­fer­ent from fac­tory is the ad­di­tion of elec­tric floor con­trol fit­ted to ma­chines in New Zealand.

One of the main jobs for daily op­er­a­tion is check­ing chain ten­sion. This is done at the front of the ma­chine and, should they re­quire ad­just­ment, the nec­es­sary tool is mounted on the ma­chine close at hand.

Con­ve­nient grease bank and auto lube for the chain drive of the shred­ding ro­tor are mounted on the left rear side, mak­ing ser­vic­ing re­quire­ments sim­ple. Should you need to get into the shred­ding ro­tor area for any rea­son, a dou­ble chain and hooks can be hooked to the rear door to lift the 500kg Har­dox door.


I found lit­tle to fault the HiSpec XCEL 1250 spreader.

It pos­si­bly re­quires an ex­tra axle and set of tyres as an op­tion to off­set the built-like-the-brick-out­house con­struc­tion that is go­ing to last for years.

Other­wise, it ticks all boxes.

These Ir­ish-built HiSpec muck spread­ers are find­ing a mar­ket in New Zealand, help­ing spread valu­able nu­tri­ents back on the land to keep things grow­ing.

1. The ma­chine gave a great spread, with a rough mea­sure­ment of around 25m

2. Spin­ner fins with flap for ad­just­ing dis­charge pat­terns

3. Rear gear boxes with weigh cells in the cor­ners 4. Hatch for clean­ing and main­te­nance

5. A unique flail sys­tem al­lows for­eign ob­jects to pass through

6. In-cab elec­tric floor con­trol

7. Phil Hawke’s HiSpec XCEL 1250 rear

dis­charge ma­nure spreader

8. Rub­ber flaps front and back

9. There is easy ac­cess to the oil­ing sys­tem

and greas­ing points

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