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Old 01-17-2010, 01:12 PM   post #1 of 11
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Default Best Drop Spreader

I'm looking to get a drop spreader to apply lime, fertilizer and over-seeding purposes. My preferences are a 200lb or more hopper, pneumatic tires, adjustable for a host of materials.

I'd like to find something for $500 or so. I really like the Gandy spreaders, but they are expensive new (1300-1500) and I haven't been able to find a used one for the last 6 months.

Are there any other good heavy duty drop spreaders that I should look for?
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:25 PM   post #2 of 11
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Just curious why you would rather have a drop spreader than a broadcast type. With a drop spreader you need to be real accurate in order to not have any streaks. slkpk
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:05 PM   post #3 of 11
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Really 4 reasons for me.

1. Lime. Around here pelletized lime is 5 dollars a bag vs. 1.50 a bag for ground lime at the quarry. You need a drop spreader for ground lime. (you can also top dress with a good drop spreader)

2. Swimming pool. Cannot go anywhere near pool (or fish pond). Fertilizer in / near pool = algae problems.

3. Drop spreaders are more accurate and not effected by ground speed. Spin spreaders the faster you go, the wider the swath, the slower the more concentrated. Very difficult to get even coverage.

4. Accuracy over speed. Broadcast spreaders are really designed for speed creating very large coverage areas. Drop spreaders are designed for accuracy. I want the accuracy over the speed.
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:40 AM   post #4 of 11
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1. I would like to top dress my yard after aerating it. Like you I've not found a reasonable priced unit. slkpk
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:09 PM   post #5 of 11
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What about an electric spreader? The one I have from Deere has an adjustable swath (degrees) and a constant spin speed. The distribution amount and the on/off switch are right by my right hip. It mounts to the 'cargo mount' setup on newer Deere, but those mounts can be easily added (they're like $2 each). It's all plastic and stainless and supposed to be okay for salt, but I haven't tried it for that. Plus, it won't tip as it's attached directly to the tractor.

It was great for fertilizer and seed. I believe they are made by Brinley-Hardy. Got mine at Lowes for $50 as they didn't want it just sitting there all winter.

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The NEW Select Series Electric Broadcast Spreader for 300/500/700 Series Tractors!
This Premium Quality 125 lb. Electric Broadcast Spreader provides an excellent way to apply loose material including fertilizer, weed killer, sand, lime and de-icer. The 125 lb hopper is ideal for medium to large size jobs.
Features include:
  • Fits 300/500/700 Series Tractors (Not compatible with the X300R)
  • 125 lb. with Ice Melt Capacity
  • Durable Welded, Powder Coat Frame
  • Gear Motor with 5:1 Reducer
  • Patented Directional Control
Compatibility :
  • Compatible with X300, X500 and X700 Select Series Tractors
  • X300 Tractors require front wheel weights
  • Not compatible with X300R Rear Discharge Tractor
  • Not compatible with the 3-point hitch, weather enclosure, cabs or rear receiver hitch when used on X700 Series Tractors
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:57 PM   post #6 of 11
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Gravely made an excellent spreader years ago if you're lucky enough to find a good one
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Old 01-19-2010, 12:22 AM   post #7 of 11
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I'm looking to get a drop spreader to apply lime, fertilizer and over-seeding purposes. My preferences are a 200lb or more hopper, pneumatic tires, adjustable for a host of materials.

I'd like to find something for $500 or so. I really like the Gandy spreaders, but they are expensive new (1300-1500) and I haven't been able to find a used one for the last 6 months.

Are there any other good heavy duty drop spreaders that I should look for?
Pick up an old EZ Flow fertilizer spreader...they work very well...

http://www.equipmenttraderonline.com...otos/95415351/
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:44 AM   post #8 of 11
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Swreeder

Just curious if you ever find a spreader for the powder lime. I have been looking for one for two+ years.
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:24 PM   post #9 of 11
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Still looking!
I've found a few new ones that are still made, but the prices start at over 1100 bucks!

The Gandy Model 42 is a nice unit but pricey.

For those that say use a rotary spreader try putting ag lime or compost in one and see how that works out. Only a drop machine can handle those effectively.

So my search continues
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:47 AM   post #10 of 11
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Scott , I really like the Gandy 6500 series Drop Spreader , in the 5-ft. size , but like you said the price has to many digits , good luck ...

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Old 09-19-2011, 05:43 PM   post #11 of 11
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what did you end up getting?
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