- Q: What
Can I Use To Tow My Paddock Groomer?
A: The Paddock Groomer can be towed by
a variety of vehicles including quad bike or ATV, ride-on lawn mower,
small car/ute or tractor.
They are lightweight and feature an adjustable towbar setting, 3 different
towbar options and a unique spring mechanism meaning you can adjust
it to suit many different heights of towing vehicle. All new Paddock
Groomers are sent out with a custom specific towbar to suit your particular
tow vehicle. (Alternative towbars can be purchased individually too).
Measure the towball height from the ground to top of towball so we
can send you the correct towbar for your tow vehicle. Our agents will
advise the best towbar to suit your individual tow vehicle requirements.
Groomers can easily be towed behind a wide range of different tow vehicles.
- Q: How
Fast Do I Need To Drive When Using The Paddock Groomer?
A: About 7 - 10kmph or similar to a jogging
pace works well in most paddock and manure conditions. On most quad
bikes we find 1st Gear or just into 2nd Gear usually works best. The
best speed and driving technique will soon become familiar to you
with a little practise using your Paddock Groomer to suit your individual
- Q: What
Height Do I Need To Set The Brushes For Manure Collection?
A: For cleaning most horse and alpaca
paddocks we initially recommend the brushes are set approx 1 cm above
soil, so when pointing directly towards the ground the bristles are
just touching the ground/grazed grass. As a general guide, you should
just be able to lie your flat palm on the ground underneath the brush
bristles but this may vary up or down depending on individual ground
conditions and length of grass etc. Some clearance between the brushes
and the ground is usually required to create airflow and sweeping
action. Lightly touching the ground is fine but the brushes should
not be set hard against or into the ground. After a few uses you will
become familiar with how high to set the brushes according to your
individual paddock terrain, manure type and conditions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The small front wheels on your Groomer DO NOT need
to run along the ground during Groomer use - they are only there to
protect the brush and roll the Groomer up and over any large bumps
or objects. Assess brush height by looking only at the brush.
For alpaca poo or smaller manure you may need to set the brushes lightly
down touching the ground to enable best pickup.
If you are looking to collect rubbish or other objects (not manure)
with your Paddock Groomer, eg empty soda cans, leaves, pinecones,
grass clippings etc, you may need to alter the height of the brushes
or remove all of the front tines for best pickup.
Full collection tray being emptied. Note
the small debris and weed heads also collected,
and the finer, broken up manure.
How Much Manure/Debris can the Paddock Groomer
A: The Original Groomer model can hold
approximately 2 - 3 wheelbarrows full (300 litres), while the larger
Super Groomer can hold approximately 3 - 6 wheelbarrows full (600
in front of the brush help break up the manure before it goes into
the collection area, so you can often collect alot more manure than
you normally would fit into a normal wheelbarrow. In wet or winter
conditions when collection material is heavier, the tray on the
Original Groomer will need to be emptied more often. In summer you
can often fill the entire tray and collection chamber up to the
top lid and it is still quite easy to empty due to the lighter /
drier material collected.
How Do I Empty the Paddock Groomer?
two Paddock Groomer models have different emptying systems.
Emptying the Original Groomer with collection
tray - The collection tray slides in and out of the back
of the Paddock Groomer, very like a lawn-mower catcher. Just begin
to slide the tray out and the weight of the collected manure will
drop the tray to the ground as you guide it completely out before
tipping it sideways to empty -
similar to emptying a wheelbarrow (but without any effort of picking
it up or pushing the barrow everywhere!). Re-insert the tray by
keeping the front end tilted up as you push it back into the Groomer
ready for filling again.
The unique design ensures the tray will not slide out on it's own
accord. The tray itself is very sturdy yet lightweight and it's
versatility means it can be removed and emptied anywhere you wish
- eg under fencelines, onto a manure heap, into tree surrounds or
gardens, into bags, onto a trailer to take elsewhere etc.
Emptying the Original Groomer with collection
tray is similar to emptying a wheelbarrow but without any of the effort
to pick it up or push the barrow around! Great for emptying under
fences or around trees.
the Super Groomer with dump lid system - Place your hands
centrally on the back handle, lift up to unlock the side sliders and
then pull out to open. Once you have unlocked it it, the weight of
the collected manure will help open the lid up as the manure drops
to the ground. Lift the lid right up until the side sliders click
into the open locked position, you can now drive forward if needed
past the dumped material. Push the lid down to close, lock the side
sliders into closed locked position and you are now ready for more
Emptying the Super Groomer is easily done using
the clever lid system and allows manure to be dumped
into a pile wherever you open the back lid.
Q: How Do I Know When the Paddock Groomer is
A: The Paddock Groomer has a large lid
on the top which can be opened to check how full the collection chamber
is. Like a lawn-mower, if you start to see a some manure/debris being
left behind as you drive around the paddock, you will also know the
collection chamber is getting too full and the Groomer needs to be
emptied. Very wet conditions may require the Groomer to be emptied
more regularly as well.
Where can the Paddock Groomer Collect Manure/Debris
A: The Paddock Groomer can collect manure
and debris from anywhere you can go with your towing vehicle. Due
to it's relatively light-weight construction and unique floating spring
mechanism, it can be used on flat ground as well as hills and undulating
ground conditions. Whatever your paddock terrain, if you can drive
there safely, the Paddock Groomer will follow!
Does the Paddock Groomer work in all Pasture
and Weather Conditions?
A: The Paddock Groomer is designed for
use in regularly grazed horse and alpaca paddocks. It can be used
effectively all year round and works best in short to medium length
grass, and reasonably dry conditions. It has been shown to work effectively
on many different grass types (including kikuya), flat and sloping/undulating
paddocks. Different conditions may require you to pass over the manure
more times to collect it, or alter your direction, brush height or
speed for best collection.
Any small bits of poo that happen to be left behind by the Paddock
Groomer on your first drive over will usually be broken up much smaller
making it easier to pick up on the next pass over or to naturally
break down / wash away if left.
Very rutted hills or bumpy slopes or those hills with soil creep lines
are the most challenging for any type of machine to collect manure
from due to the ruts causing the machine to bump up off the ground.
Do my Horses need to be removed from the paddock
before I use my Paddock Groomer?
A: No. Because the Paddock Groomer doesn't
have a motor it operates quietly so your horses will probably be happy
for you to use it while they are still in the paddock once they are
familiar with the look of it. We have done showground demonstrations
in the grass warmup areas in amongst jumping horses warming up without
any problems, as well as many demos in people's horse paddocks who
have never seen it before and the horse's have not been worried. We
use our home Paddock Groomer in the paddocks with our own horses all
the time and they stand quietly or graze out of the way while we are
cleaning their paddocks. The
same has been reported for alpaca users too.
Does the Paddock Groomer Cost Anything to Run?
A: No. The Paddock Groomer itself has
no motor or fuel requirements so costs nothing to run.
Does the Paddock Groomer Require Any Ongoing
A: Very little! We suggest you put a
few drops of oil on the chain regularly to keep the chain in going
working condition. We also suggest giving the entire machine, in particular
the chain area, tines, brushes and collection area, a thorough wash
down with water particularly after using in wet or muddy conditions
to ensure that mud, dirt or manure doesn't build up and set hard.
The sliders on the back handle of the Super Groomer may require CRC
from time to time to help run smoothly.
The body of the Paddock Groomer is made from moulded UV-treated Polyethylene
making it lightweight, tough and weather resistant for use outdoors
so it won't fade, rust or rot - particularly important when collecting
acidic manure material.
Every Paddock Groomer comes with an instruction booklet for use and
Will the Brushes Wear Out?
A: The brushes used by the Paddock Groomer
to sweep your paddocks clean are strong, industrial standard brushes
as used by common road sweepers. General use in your horse paddocks
or alpaca fields will cause very little wear over a long period (years).
Should the brushes start to wear, they can be unbolted and lowered
at the sides for further use, and are also easy to completely replace
Where Can I Buy A Paddock Groomer?
A: Simply contact
us today to enquire or order your Paddock Groomer! We can then
arrange delivery of your new Paddock Groomer directly to your closest
Freight depot or town store anywhere in New Zealand.
I Don't Live in New Zealand, Where Can I Buy
a Paddock Groomer?
A: The Paddock Groomer is now available
overseas. Please Contact Us for purchase
details in your area.
I Have Purchased a Second-Hand Paddock Groomer.
Is There Anything I Need To Know?
A: Yes! If you have purchased a second-hand
Paddock Groomer please Contact Us so we
can send you a free Info Booklet and help you get started with a few
tips. The towbar provided with the second-hand Paddock Groomer will
also need to be checked to ensure it properly suits the height of
your towing vehicle - we have 3 towbar options avaialble and the incorrect
towbar can cause damage to the machine or not allow the machine to
work effectively. We advise contacting us as soon as you have purchased
a second-hand Groomer so we can help ensure your machine is set up
for most effective use for your individual situation so you can get
the best results.
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