View Full Version : suggestions on new spreader
03-19-2006, 03:01 PM
I was wonderin as I had posted on here before I'm new to fertilizing this year and was curious as to what type of spreader to buy. As always I'd like to get the best bang for my buck reliable and easy to calabrate (the last thing I want to do is mess up a somebodys lawn) and suggestions would be awsome thanks
03-19-2006, 03:03 PM
I use a Lesco
03-19-2006, 03:23 PM
lesco is the industry standard
03-19-2006, 03:24 PM
I don't use lesco fertilizer though is it that big of a deal?
03-19-2006, 03:37 PM
We have a Lesco spreader and it is made to last. Make sure you get the deflector so that you can fertilize along sidewalks and driveways without making a mess.
03-19-2006, 03:40 PM
Lesco, is the way to go. If you go to pick up one, don't get the epoxy coated steel, get stainless. Overtime fertilizer & salt will eat up a spreader.
03-19-2006, 03:43 PM
Forgot, even if you don't use Lesco fert, most commercial fert will have a spreader setting for the Lesco spreader on the bag. The spreader should come with a plastic, calibration gauge to set it up right.
03-19-2006, 06:13 PM
Awsome as always you guys are a big help thanks guys!
OK how much is a Lesco spreader?
03-19-2006, 06:33 PM
The Lesco with stainless, will probably go for $340-360. If you do decide to get one, would be a good idea to spring for a spreader cap(moisture & fert spills) and few extra agitator pins. It seems like alot, you should break even after a handful of jobs.
Welcome to the Spreader Jockey Club!:waving:
Thanks I can probably spend $400.00 without the boss (wife) noticing it.
03-19-2006, 07:50 PM
what about calerbrationa dn how much to apply? trust the figures on the back of the bag or what? trust that lesco put it together right and all's good? I'm new so I could use the help-thanks
03-19-2006, 11:49 PM
The numbers on the bag are just a guideline. Start using those numbers on an area where you know the exact square footage.
Weigh your bag before and after applying to see what the application rate was. There are other ways to calibrate, but this might be the easiest. By doing it this way, it factors in your personal walk speed, technique, etc.
After you've done this a while, you can look at the prill size and nail the spreader setting just about every time.
I ususally log my spreader settings for future reference. When it comes time to apply the same product next season, it makes things easier.
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