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#1 chuckt OFFLINE  

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Hi from Fla!
We are in need of a new tow-behind Broadcast Spreader. I have had several and was disappointed by all of them. The pattern is awful and the bodys rust out.
I am thinking a better spreader would have something other than a vertical shaft with a spring clip stuck through it!
Is there such an animal?
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Posted February 26, 2014 - 11:09 AM

We are in East Central Florida near the Space Center. 1+ acre lot with 2 minis. Wife drives them with carriages. Just had 17 palm trees removed from 1/2 the lot and should have them all out!
After we seeded with rye which is looking good now and have hand spread Bahia on that. I fertilize in spring and have a Cub Cadet twin'46" deck to pull the spreader. If I'm going to get another broadcast spreader I need it to do fertilizer and weed&feed for front and seed when necessary.
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Posted February 26, 2014 - 12:54 PM

Chuck There are definately better spreaders available. I would reccomend looking at Home Centers and Garden Centers in your area.

I think Earl May Garden Stores are a regional chain but they had a real nice one with pnuematic tires on it. I did not have the heart to look at the price tag?

I mostly used my broadcast spreader to spread Ice Melt and sand in Winter. and After Last Years accident with the  cheap Spreader I had am not too sold on tow behind units. When it dropped off the edge of the driveway and got the GT stuck it jacknifed, bent the frame,axle, broke the plastic wheel and gearbox the only thing left is the hopper. I'm leaning towards a mounted unit now.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 01:28 PM

Wish you were closer , I'd give you a great deal on a very nice Brinly tow behind I have .

Won't rust out because the hoppers plastic .

 

 

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 01:47 PM

'Appreciate that but I'll bet that Brinley has the same vertical shift and spring clip I was whining about?

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 01:56 PM

The local home centers are Home Depot and Lowes. There is also Sears and Ace Hardware.
I am hoping someone would read this and say "Try a such-and-such they have a spreader with a stirrer(?) pin-on-shaft that is much better than you get in the box stores." At this point price is secondary.

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 02:22 PM

Not knowing the size of the area you cover may make this suggestion moot, but I much prefer using a aerator/seeder. Much better control of disbursement. I do 2.5 acres with mine.

 

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 03:18 PM

Wished I knew of something better.  Fertilizer really eats up spreaders, it's the metal below the plastic hopper that gets froze/eaten up, and we use AIR to blow out the spreader after each use, it's stored inside, high and dry.

The $200 models do last for 3–4 years, where the $50 ones can't even last a season.

Yes, my drop spreader still works after 15 years, but is not used much, mainly house lawn, (50x100');  I spread Lime, Fertilizer and then Lime (just 3 uses/year) on a 5 acre field, about 800# each time in 100# tows.  The next quality models up seem to jump to $1,000+ quick.

Hope someone knows what's best . . . watching.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 05:39 PM

Tractor Supply has several different models,they have one that looks pretty hefty to .me.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 06:19 PM

Once and awhile the TSC in the area has the metal gear ones in stock,,, the plastic shielded ones hide the plastic/fiber gears and all are crapola.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 06:52 PM

Earthway has a stainless framed, poly hopper unit: http://www.earthway....t-spreader.ashx

 

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 07:07 PM

Ut oh the dreaded shielded gears, I wonder if they are steel?


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:00 PM

Well - I see a sealed gearbox, a spring clip for an agitator, a multi-slot plate for metering and a screen to go above the agitator. These details I got from the parts list pdf. I give about 6 of 10.
I still think a more aggressive (?) agitator is needed.

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Posted February 27, 2014 - 01:53 PM

I have a few of those poly tub crap gear spreaders around, been threatening to make a REAL spreader out of one someday.  That day just hasnt arrived yet.


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Posted November 13, 2014 - 10:59 PM

chucht - Are you dead set on a broadcast spreader? The reason I ask is I'm not fond of broadcasters due to their uneven spread patterns (bias to one side or the other depending on the spin direction). Drop spreaders are far more accurate than a braodcast spreader. Gandy makes some really nice tow behind drop spreaders. I just purchased a 36" walk behind variable rate drop spreader from Gandy. I've always wanted a Gandy model so I finally purchased one. Won't get to use it until spring however. Very well made unit indeed.

 

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