Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

The place for discussions about mowers, stripers, edgers, weeders, etc.
Post Reply
Mistergreen
Posts: 8
Joined: January 13th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Location: Southeast PA
Grass Type: KBG/RG/TF
Lawn Size: 20000-1 acre
Level: Some Experience

Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by Mistergreen » March 21st, 2020, 8:05 am

I’m looking for recommendations on a broadcast spreader. My Scott’s Turf Builder Deluxe is a chore to push on my lawn so I would be looking to upgrade to something with pneumatic tires and at least an 80 capacity. Thanks!

tph018
Posts: 27
Joined: November 12th, 2015, 4:57 pm
Location: Southwest CT
Grass Type: Northern Mix (KBG, PRG)
Lawn Size: 1 acre-2 acre
Level: Experienced

Re: Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by tph018 » March 21st, 2020, 10:43 am

I have the Earthway 2170 and love it. It can handle up to 100 pounds of material.

Riverpilot
Posts: 209
Joined: December 21st, 2016, 1:56 pm
Location: Quad Cities, IA
Grass Type: Northern Mix
Lawn Size: 3000-5000
Level: Some Experience

Re: Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by Riverpilot » March 21st, 2020, 6:02 pm

A big question is how much you want to spend?
I have a Lesco spreader from Site One. They set it up, calibrated, etc.. but, all depends on $$$$$

Mistergreen
Posts: 8
Joined: January 13th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Location: Southeast PA
Grass Type: KBG/RG/TF
Lawn Size: 20000-1 acre
Level: Some Experience

Re: Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by Mistergreen » March 21st, 2020, 6:18 pm

Riverpilot wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 6:02 pm
A big question is how much you want to spend?
I have a Lesco spreader from Site One. They set it up, calibrated, etc.. but, all depends on $$$$$
I’m one of those people who doesn’t mind spending the money if I’m getting a good product and it makes the work easier. Plus, I prefer to buy something once, not numerous times after the crappy one breaks.

edslawn
Posts: 127
Joined: July 2nd, 2019, 9:22 pm
Location: South Central PA
Grass Type: Northern Mix
Lawn Size: 20000-1 acre
Level: Some Experience

Re: Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by edslawn » March 21st, 2020, 7:57 pm

I've had the Earthway 2170 commercial for a few years and it works great. It has pneumatic tires and 100 lb capacity. Now, on my hilly terrain, I tend to keep the loads below that...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000 ... UTF8&psc=1


User avatar
Orangehills
Posts: 176
Joined: April 25th, 2012, 6:05 pm
Location: Milford CT
Grass Type: KBG Midnight, Blue Velvet, Moonlight SLT
Lawn Size: 10000-20000
Level: Some Experience

Re: Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by Orangehills » March 21st, 2020, 8:33 pm

I have a Lesco 50 LB spreader from Site One -- have used it on 10,000 SQ FT Lawn for about 4 years -- very reliable and easy to use. The 50 LB spreader has a black powder coated steel frame which is fine for me. If you want the 80 LB Lesco spreader it has a stainless steel frame and the price is considerably higher.

agn015
Posts: 150
Joined: April 2nd, 2016, 11:32 am
Location: Long Island, NY (Suffolk County)
Grass Type: Hogan Blend - GTO/Hemi/Hot Rod TTTF Everest/Award/Everglade/Midnight KBG
Lawn Size: 10000-20000
Level: Experienced

Re: Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by agn015 » March 21st, 2020, 11:12 pm

Keep your eyes open for used ones. I found a used Earthway C22R (similar to the 2150) for $50. It’s served me well on my 12k sqft for a few years now and shows no signs of slowing down.

You’re right, the pneumatic tires are a huge upgrade from the plastic scotts wheels. I don’t know how I used the Scotts edgeguard mini for so long. I also really like that I can close ports on the Earthway to better control the throw pattern. If you get a used one at a good price and realize you don’t like it, it should be easy enough to sell and get your money back. At least that’s what I tell myself.

Hammbone81
Posts: 76
Joined: June 4th, 2018, 10:18 am
Location: Eastern Iowa
Grass Type: KBG
Lawn Size: 10000-20000
Level: Experienced

Re: Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by Hammbone81 » March 25th, 2020, 11:18 am

I have the Spyker P20-5010 with add on side deflector for edges. It's a 50lb capacity and all I need on my 10,000sqft lawn. I got the side shield directly from Spyker by calling the customer service number and it was much cheaper than anywhere else.
This Spyker replaced a Scott's Edgegaurd Delux. And like others, I don't known how/why I went so long without a good spreader.
Pneumatic tires are a must, as well as a large gate so I can run large particle size & flow rate of organic fertilizers thru it.

Mistergreen
Posts: 8
Joined: January 13th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Location: Southeast PA
Grass Type: KBG/RG/TF
Lawn Size: 20000-1 acre
Level: Some Experience

Re: Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by Mistergreen » April 5th, 2020, 9:04 am

Thanks to all for the recommendations! Much appreciated. Now it’s time to start shopping around.

User avatar
Ben
Posts: 109
Joined: August 10th, 2013, 7:51 am
Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Grass Type: KBG - Mazama, Bewitched, Right, Midnight, Baron, Blue Ridge, Brooklawn, Kenblue, Monte Carlo, Mallard, Newport, Argyle, Ginger, Wildhorse, Raven; TTTF - Jaguar 4G, Skyline; PRG - Top Gun II, Apple GL
Lawn Size: 20000-1 acre
Level: Not Specified

Re: Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by Ben » May 9th, 2020, 9:19 pm

I’d recommend the Echo Spreader RB-60. Fantastic step up from Scott’s Mini/Elite.

User avatar
micvog
Posts: 205
Joined: May 7th, 2013, 6:05 pm
Location: Boise, ID
Grass Type: Dirt
Lawn Size: 3000-5000
Level: Experienced

Re: Broadcast Spreader Recommendations

Post by micvog » May 19th, 2020, 12:01 pm

I just got the Echo RB-60 at the beginning of the year to replace an Earthway 2170 (not a fan of the 2170).

I love the Echo - seems to throw an accurate and even pattern, easy to push, perfect size for my yard, etc. I would second Ben's recommendation except that is does not meet the OP's 80# requirement.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest