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Phil Juilfs' Lawn Care
04-03-2012, 11:35 PM
I have been to every nook and cranny of the new Lesco/John Deere Lawn Site and cannot find spreaders. Did John Deere ax Lesco spreaders when they made the switch? I am looking for a self propelled spreader, does anyone have any options if Lesco in defunked? I can't afford a ride on spreader yet.

Thanks for any info.

Phil

Richard Martin
04-04-2012, 02:53 AM
They're still there. If you go into a JD Landscapes store the Lesco equipment is usually right there on the floor. You can see their lineup at this link:

https://www.johndeerelandscapes.com/media/23507/specsheet_spreaders.pdf

grandview (2006)
04-04-2012, 05:59 AM
Their website sucks now,even when you log in there;s no info and you have to call one of the stores.

PlantscapeSolutions
04-05-2012, 01:31 AM
I've never seen a self propelled spreader that wasn't a ride on model. My favorite spreader is the Earthway http://www.earthway.com/products/mobile-spreaders/c22hds-stainless-steel-professional-50lb23kg-broadcast-spreader. It weighs a ton less then the big square spreaders and is super easy to dump into a five gallon bucket if you need to apply different products on one property. It's also the lowest priced stainless model at about $300 online.

GreenI.A.
04-05-2012, 02:09 AM
I've never seen a self propelled spreader that wasn't a ride on model. My favorite spreader is the Earthway http://www.earthway.com/products/mobile-spreaders/c22hds-stainless-steel-professional-50lb23kg-broadcast-spreader. It weighs a ton less then the big square spreaders and is super easy to dump into a five gallon bucket if you need to apply different products on one property. It's also the lowest priced stainless model at about $300 online.

Lesco had the hydro drive unit. I know some guys that had them for doing large open flat contracts.

CL&T
04-05-2012, 11:50 PM
Their website sucks now,even when you log in there;s no info...

Uggh! Amen to that! And all their on-line catalog has is a million pages of irrigation stuff and then landscape lighting.

PropertyFirst
04-06-2012, 09:06 AM
I have always had very good service from rittenhouse, they provide a lot of Lesco Equipment and parts, since they are so hard to find. Below is their website.

http://www.rittenhouse.ca/

PlantscapeSolutions
04-06-2012, 09:29 AM
The LESCO spreaders and other clone versions are like pigs on wheels. They are so heavy they unnecessarily wear you out from having to push around an extra 20-30 lbs all day. The fork that drives the agitator is is a weak POS that bends and stops working once you load up the hopper. The LESCO spreader is the most over rated spreader ever made. I had to call their cooperate office but I got my money back.

If you want to make doing applications a world easier try the Earthway C22SS like I did. You probably will not want a cumbersome self propelled spreader after you try the Earthway.

GreenI.A.
04-06-2012, 09:32 AM
Uggh! Amen to that! And all their on-line catalog has is a million pages of irrigation stuff and then landscape lighting.

I used to work for JDL/Lesco, I remember when we saw the first JDL print catalog and website catalog after the merger, previously we had only seen JDL's yearly catalogs from a competitors stand point. When we saw the first one after the merger none of us from the LESCO side like it, it was 500 pages of lighting, irrigation, pumps, a dozen pages of pavers/walls, and then in the middle was a page or two for Lesco Fert and seed. I really think the season they don't put so much into marketing the Lesco products is that so much of it is market driven. What one branch sold fer seed and fert was completely different than one across the country, even often much different than what was sold in neighboring stores 20 miles away. This could be seen on the old lesco site if you searched dimension or merit and seen how many different active item numbers there were. The area I worked in I had 6 branches 30-40 minutes of me, the most popular seed I sold, most of them didn't even stock. The most popular seed most of them sold, I didn't stock because my local market didn't wan't it.

I know thats a little off topic from the spreader post but I have always felt thats why the fert end didn't get the marketing that the rest did. While there are market trends with different irrigation products and lighting, its not as big as with the fert/seed part of the company. Why they don't market the equipment that is sold nationally like spreaders and skid sprayers better I don't know, and think it is a huge marketing lapse on their part. I know a lot of people think that JDL's lack of pushing Lesco is a way for them to slowly get rid of Lesco, you see those posts here all the time. I couldn't disagree with that any more. JDL tried very hard for a long time to get a strong foot hold in the Fert/seed market and over the years they bought numerous smaller retail/wholesalers and usually after the JDL accusitions they failed and closed. Lesco was their way to get a strong hold on the market plus introduce their JDL offerings such as irrigation and lighting to markets they had very little presence in such as the North East. Another way I know it's not going anywhere is while working there, you know of the types of long term contracts JDL/Lesco has established with vendors. Without going into detail as I don't know what was in all the confidentiality paper work I signed while there, JDL will be selling those products for a long time.

Sorry that this is a little off topic, but after rereading the original post asking for "options if lesco is defunct", I can see this turning into one of the threads where someone posts that they herd they are closing all the stores and getting out of the fert business. Usually this comes after someones local branch closes for per sales performance. Don't get me wrong, I am not pushing their product, I do very little business with them for reasons other than quality or price. Even though I do not buy my products there i honestly do believe they have some of the best products and offer the best service in the industry, I can attest to the ownership they take in there customers businesses, but I guess that last part really depends on the market your in and the particular guys in the branch.

inzane
04-06-2012, 09:33 AM
JDL can't get me a deflector shield for my 80# spreader and said i have to buy a new spreader if i want a spreader gauge.

GreenI.A.
04-06-2012, 09:39 AM
The LESCO spreaders and other clone versions are like pigs on wheels. They are so heavy they unnecessarily wear you out from having to push around an extra 20-30 lbs all day. The fork that drives the agitator is is a weak POS that bends and stops working once you load up the hopper. The LESCO spreader is the most over rated spreader ever made. I had to call their cooperate office but I got my money back.

If you want to make doing applications a world easier try the Earthway C22SS like I did. You probably will not want a cumbersome self propelled spreader after you try the Earthway.

I think a big reason why most guys go with the Lesco is convenience of parts. At least in my area a lot of the companies selling earthway do not keep a vast array of parts in, and mostly only have pins, a couple agitators and maybe a gear box. When something random goes, you are stuck waiting for it to be shipped to you. Where as with Lesco spreaders, when I was their, I had dozens of even the most part in stock, the only thing that usually was in an overabundance were frames and hoppers that we might only keep one of. A guy could come in with a beaten speader and leave with it good as new in a half hour, or next day if it was severely beaten.

NJT
04-06-2012, 05:56 PM
Look into Spyker spreaders. Best on the market IMO.

PlantscapeSolutions
04-06-2012, 08:04 PM
It's too bad they don't make a commercial version of the 20 series with a stainless frame. No sense having a stainless hopper and a painted frame.

Phil Juilfs' Lawn Care
04-09-2012, 10:51 PM
Thanks for all the advice. It is greatly appreciated.

Brown & Co.
04-11-2012, 07:53 AM
I would advise going in personally to speak with a Sales Rep. Their websites suck...its like the big bang theory between websites...leads to no/bad info...dead ends...nothing its terrible...BUT going in and asking for "this years catalog" will yield exactly that...a catalog containing all the equipment you requested. Usually way over priced for the market...but if you have a lot of deere it can be a good thing...no downtime and excellent service. Bad website...its never been very user friendly.