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Old 03-14-2012, 12:18 PM   post #1 of 11
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Default Fertilizer Spreader Advice

I'm looking to buy a broadcast push type fertilizer spreader and needing advice on which one to purchase. I've looked at the Scotts branded spreaders, but I'm concerned about the quality. I'm leaning towards a Yardworks branded spreader sold at Menards. Any advice on a good quality spreader that will last would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:04 PM   post #2 of 11
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tag for more information.. I have been using a $35 Scotts that does OK, but some of the plastic parts (aggitator and valve that controls the rate of aggregate drop) are starting to show a lot of wear..

I am also looking at a better/bigger spreader.. A quick google search a while back pointed to the Earthway 2050P as a good quality spreader..

the $75 Scotts professional spreader is much heavier - BUT i really hate having to keep tires aired up (would prefer a solid tire).. I have not seen the Earthway in person yet, but Northern Tool carries them (they just didnt have any on display)..

One issue that i discovered is that the spreading rates on most bags of seed/fertilizer do NOT include rates for the Earthway spreading.. so I am not sure how you figure out which setting to use..

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Thanks for the reply! I looked at the Scotts models mainly for their ease of use since the application rates are listed on the Scotts fertilizer bags for each of their spreaders. I agree with not wanting to have to keep the tires aired up on the Scotts Pro model. Although the plastic wheels on many models seem to be cheaply made. The Earthway model does look like a good contender. I believe Earthway includes application rates based on the weight of the fertilizer bag being used.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:56 AM   post #4 of 11
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the biggest things to watch out for are keep them clean after use, and only use loose dry fertilizer. wet/damp fertilizer tends to stick together and prematurely strips out the gear from the added stress. plus it quickens the process of the fert eating the shaft, which not cleaning it after use also speeds along. my walk behind is just an el cheapo 30.00 special from lowes that i have had about 8 years now, the gear is starting to fail but i figure i more than got my money's worth out of it.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:36 PM   post #5 of 11
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ditto what davidg says.
I haven't bought (paid out big money) for a spreader, yet. I've had the metal Scotts push spreader and can't keep them clean, thus they rust up or rust out quickly. Take them apart before junking them, youget 2 nice heavy duty wheels and some bolts and nuts.
The latest spreader is a little green plastic Scott pusher that I got at a yard sale, for $2. Delivery setting is right on if you use Scott product. Other named products is guess work. I've had it for 3 years and don't baby it. The neighbor uses it too. Emptys out, light to pick up, legs fold for hanging on the wall. It could be adapted easily to tow behind a tractor.
Not too many different manufacturers out this way, basically only Scotts for implements.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:43 PM   post #6 of 11
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After going through many spreaders my BIL who has a landscape business steered me to this commercial Lesco spreader:




I don't remember what I paid or if my BIL got me a discount, but the Lesco unit is still chugging along and I expect it will be for a long time to come.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:19 PM   post #7 of 11
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what about when you're looking at 3 or so acres? Lime, occasional pellet fertilizer, various seeds. I'm seeing PTO-spreaders at $750 -- ouch! Alternatives?
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:54 PM   post #8 of 11
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I've got a frontier 1023B 3 point. Works great.
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couldn't find it in a search. C5, could you supply a source? Ta.
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I have a Lesco stainless frame and inners. It was in the neighborhood of $300, the one you see on most commercial trucks...I rinse it out after every use and leave it open to dry, it's 3 years old and still works like new.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:51 PM   post #11 of 11
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couldn't find it in a search. C5, could you supply a source? Ta.
Here is one identical to mine in the 5th post.

http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=171583


There are others out there that are a little cheaper and probably better. I got mine from the dealer for $500 since it sat outside a couple years.

If I could sell mine, I would get a better one I have been looking at that is bigger but has actual scoops to propel and two dump chutes rather than one which creates a bias to one side.
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