The McCormick-Deering Model 100 manure spreader is a popular implement with Cub owners. Its small size compliments the Cub in show as well as in the field. With a capacity of thirty-five bushels it is perfect for the small tractor. These can still be found on the market, usually on agricultural web sites or ads such as Craigslist.
All too often many of these spreaders have missing or broken parts. The side shields are one of the items commonly missing or damaged. These were often damaged when other equipment, such a tractor with a loader, bump them during use. If damaged to the point they hindered the operation of the spreader they were cast of to the side and never reinstalled. At times the shields would be removed for maintenance and not reinstalled, but stored in a barn or other outbuilding. Sometimes the spreader would be sold and the shields are forgotten about as they lay in storage.
Many small horse farms like the size of this spreader since it can be easily pulled with an ATV such as a quad or many of today’s sub compact tractors. Their versatility allows them to be maneuvered into tight spaces found on smaller farms. This popularity makes the Model 100 even harder to find for sale. Many times a seller knows exactly what they have and the value of it so you can expect to pay a premium for one when available.
Some folks tend to confuse the Model 100 with its big brother the Model 200. While similar in looks, the 100 is shorter by about 3 feet. The Model 200 can be pulled by a Cub, but its size limits the operator to a much smaller load. The Model 200 is not as much in demand so the value around our area is much less than that of the 100. A decent looking, working Model 100 will bring $400.00-$700.00 in this area, while a refurbished model can demand much higher prices. Similarly, one requiring repairs, tires, or missing parts can bring the value down to $100.00 or so.
I had been looking for a McCormick-Deering Model 100 spreader for quite some time. All the ones I came across were either badly rusted, missing chain guards, had the wood bottoms rotted out or were in general need of major mechanical repairs. The cost to make any of the repairs, along with the purchase price, made owning one a high cost item.
Ebay always had a 100 offered for bid, but the prices there were often way above board or the owner never described them accurately. Here again you would pay an arm and a leg for something you were not sure of. Many times when the price was right and the spreader was decent you would find that the thing is 1,500 miles away. Now you gotta add gas and travel time into the equation and you are back to an over-priced toy again.
Finally I happened to be surfing Craigslist fifteen minutes after a 100 had been posted. The thing was sixty miles away and $300.00–$400.00 less than many I had seen. Not only that, but it was described as in “good” condition. After taking a Sunday drive what I found was a spreader that was in a little less than “excellent” condition. The guy said there were almost a dozen calls for it but since I was first to call I had first claim to it. With it being in such good shape I knew he wasn’t trying to pull a fast one.
Needless to say it ended up on my trailer pretty quick and took a ride to the barnyard.