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I am looking for a spreader that will work with compost. I've read alot of reviews here about spreaders, but mainly for fert, seed, etc.

Just curious what people here would recommend ?

Thanks in advance !

p.s. Looking to just pull this with my lawn tractor after aerating, overseeding, and dress it with compost
 

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I am looking for a spreader that will work with compost. I've read alot of reviews here about spreaders, but mainly for fert, seed, etc.

Just curious what people here would recommend ?

Thanks in advance !

p.s. Looking to just pull this with my lawn tractor after aerating, overseeding, and dress it with compost
Tractor supply, and many others, sell a fine small GT manure spreader! Just what you need for this job!
 

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Tractor supply, and many others, sell a fine small GT manure spreader! Just what you need for this job!
Agreed! We've sold a few of that type at the dealership a while back but I don't remember the brand or price. The folks with a couple of horses or goats sure seem to like them since they are "ground driven". One lady even pulled hers with a Suzuki mini jeep.
 

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Agreed! We've sold a few of that type at the dealership a while back but I don't remember the brand or price. The folks with a couple of horses or goats sure seem to like them since they are "ground driven". One lady even pulled hers with a Suzuki mini jeep.
Northern Tool (notherntool.com) has a ground driven spreader in the 800lb capacity for a little more then a grand. That was the cheapest I could find. Millcreek has some bigger ones, but they are alot more $$$ (and better built too)
 

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man, I was looking for something small and not expensive (sub $300). I was just thinking spreading dry compost in the yard. thanks though for everyones input
 

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FWIW, seeking something to do the same task I tried sifting my compost down dry and using my Earthway tow behind broadcast spreader. I added different agitator incarnations trying to get it to feed... NO JOY! The stuff just bridges up and won't flow, not enough "shake" in the hopper. DRAT!:D
 

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man, I was looking for something small and not expensive (sub $300). I was just thinking spreading dry compost in the yard. thanks though for everyones input
If you can find something that will do the job for "sub $300," PLEASE post it here! Or even buy a few and post them here for sale! You could get your's free!

I would pay $300 for an "effective" compost spreader in a New York minute!

(Don't ask me how that differs from a Chicago minute)
 

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So I guess the el cheapo way to do it is take a wheel barrel, and just spread it out. I was hoping there was something that was a tad faster, but not that expensive.

thanks everyone for their input
 

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So I guess the el cheapo way to do it is take a wheel barrel, and just spread it out. I was hoping there was something that was a tad faster, but not that expensive.

thanks everyone for their input
Still smarting from my spreader experiment failure I finally did find a way to lay out the rest of my compost. I loaded the 10cu.ft. trailer, cracked the tailgate and clamped it with a small opening. Then I raised it and took off with the tractor. It spread a fairly even layer of top dressing until the load ran out. I did this 5-6 times until the compost pile was exhausted. The Norway maples ate any benefit this was to be for the lawn in that area. Lawn is still 3' between grass blades... but the exposed clay soil is a very nice shade of brown so I'll live with it until something happens with the trees.
 

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How 'bout this one? It will be auctioned June 10th at Weeks Farm Machinery in Moultrie, Georgia. I went by to check out their inventory this morning. They usually auction from 9:00am till...
I will keep an eye out and see how much this one goes for and let you guys know.
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Add me to that list for $300 or less. I've been trying to find an affordable one for 15 years, and anything over $300 is just insane for a homeowner. I like Hydro's idea, but I've been using the Johnny jr to spread it in piles and manual-labor it from there. Always fun that way.
 

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see if you can find a used top dresser like they use at golf courses.
 

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Although I have not worked on the design of it yet, I have been kicking around the idea of something like they advertise for the bed of pickup trucks. It is a heavy tarp or web that is installed in the bed with rollers at each end and a hand crank on the roller at the tailgate. You then crank your load off rather than shoveling.

My thoughts were to drive it off of the wheel of the trailer like the small spreaders. Will see if I can find a link somewhere showing this contraption on a truck.
 

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A lot depends on the size of the particles of your compost. Broadcast and drop spreaders like really small uniform stuff that's fairly dry. I suppose a drop spreader could be modified to handle larger stuff, but it will still need to be fairly dry. I read this yesterday and have been poking around on the web for an answer and all I could come up with were the same manure type spreaders mentioned above.
 

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your kid in the trailer with a pitchfork.. enough said lol
:sidelaugh:sidelaugh and :wwp:
My one son would do it, while the other would stand there & tell him he's doing it wrong!
 

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I have often wondered if a grass seed spreader would work. Of course I don't have the guts to try it I really like my seed spreader.
 
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