Do I Use A Paddock Groomer?
To use simply
hitch the Paddock Groomer to your towing vehicle, raise the brushes
right up off the ground, drive to your paddock, wind the handle down
to lower the brushes to the correct height for collection, then drive
around your paddock straight over top of any horse poo or alpaca poo
piles and small debris you wish to collect. When the tray (Original
model) or collection chamber (Super Groomer model) is full, wind the
front handle to lift the brushes rigt up off the ground and drive
to your dumping spot to empty the contents.
Once finished cleaning your paddock, remember to again wind the handle
back up to lift the brushes off the ground (so you are not continuing
to sweep on your way back to parking area) and unhook your Paddock
Groomer from the towing vehicle - it's that simple!
Every new Paddock
Groomer comes with an information booklet to help get you started
and a customised towbar to suit your particular tow vehicle.
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- 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
etc for use in cleaning paddocks.
All new Paddock Groomers are sent out with 1 of our 3 custom specific
towbars to suit the towball height of 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
for cleaning paddocks.
- Q: How
Fast Do I Need To Drive When Using The Paddock Groomer?
A: Between 7 - 15kmph or similar to a
jogging pace works well in most paddock and manure conditions. On
most quad bikes we find 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
(NOTE the Paddock Groomer is NOT designed for towing down the road
or on any other non-grass surfaces at normal car driving speeds. If
this has to be done do not exceed a maximum speed of 10kmph.)
- 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: Assess brush height by looking only at the brush.
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.
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.
- Q: How
Much Manure/Debris can the Paddock Groomer hold?
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
- Q: 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
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 - Unlock the side
safety latch, place your hands centrally on the back handle and open
the lid right up, the manure will immediately fall out of the Groomer.
Push the lid down to close, lock the side latch and you are now ready
for more Paddock Grooming.
Emptying the Super Groomer is easily done using
the simple back lid 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 Full?
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
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
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
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.
My Pasture is very stalky / clumpy or the paddocks
have too much grass, what can I do?
A: If the pasture in your horse / alpaca
paddocks is very clumpy, stalky or long we recommend using a towable
topping mower in combination with your Paddock Groomer for best results
and best pasture management - we recommend www.SmokeyGoatTopper.co.nz
Do my Horses need to be removed from the paddock
before I use my Paddock Groomer?
A: 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 Maintenance?
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, 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 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. Normal 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 if
Where Can I Buy A Paddock Groomer?
A: Simply contact
us today to enquire or order your Paddock Groomer! Machines are
freighted direct from manufacturer to your closest Freight depot or
home address anywhere in New Zealand.
I Don't Live in New Zealand, Where Can I Buy a
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
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