The other thread about spreaders had got a bit long and was an older thread. I was hoping that some of the experts on here had some more up to date info. I need a high qualitly spreader that will last me a long time. I will be using it to spread fertilizer (13-13-13) and lime. I have 3 acres and some of it consist of a steep hill. From the other thread it mentioned that the John Deere 175 pound spreader may have changed to a higher quality. Does anyone know for sure if this is true? I want something that definetly has metal gears. Can you guys point me in the right direction as far as which brand and model to get? Who has the best price on it? Thanks so much for any help with this. I have killed all of my weeds and it is now time to fertilize. I want to get this right on the first purchase so I won't have to end up buying another one when the first one breaks.