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OLD CHAPP
09-04-2000, 04:16 PM
LESCO SPREADERS OR EARTHWAY SPREADERS

bob
09-04-2000, 04:53 PM
Let's see... Lesco dealer 3 miles from house. Don't have an Earthway dealer close by......I'd say Lesco!

FIREMAN
09-04-2000, 05:42 PM
USE LESCO SPREADERS IF YOU PLAN TO USE LESCO CHEMICALS...CALIBRATIONS ARE MUCH EASIER THAT WAY....ALSO.YOU CAN'T BEAT THE QUALITY. WHAT THE VIPER LACKS THE SPREADERS HAVE...LOL

stslawncare
09-04-2000, 05:48 PM
hey guys what about scotts and agrifab? i know scotts isnt big in size nor is it all that well made (plastic wheels etc) but what about agrifab, on the farm we have a 175 one i think its a tow and it does fine. nice wheels, big hopper, can get a cover, well built etc. i know they make some huge push ones also.i personally have a scotts, got it at home cheapo. ive used it two times (small apps) and we used it for 2 acres on the farm (after that we got the tow). works fine for the little bit i use it. next will definitly be bigger and better. this leads me to a question, anyone use spreader for salt, such as for small drives or sidewalks? with mine the wheels wont get traction, hate doing it by hand.
Thanks
Scottie

Lazer
09-04-2000, 06:26 PM
Lesco:

1.) They're easier to push because the agitator osolates instead of rotating in a complete circle.

2.) The hopper opening lever locks open/shut ensuring the gate is precisely opened as far as you calibrated.

KirbysLawn
09-04-2000, 06:30 PM
Lesco. Very easy to use and calabrate when applying ferts. First bought an Agr-Fab years ago, lasted 6 months and the wheel fell off, peice of crap.

Ray

morturf
09-04-2000, 07:56 PM
Guys, quit goofing with those throw away spreaders. Get a Spyker, stainless steel. this thing is a great machine. the dealer thing is no big deal, i get parts in a day or two from the manufacturer. I have had the same spreaders for 8 years now. each year i put on over 120 tons of fert on with them. only thing i replace is the axel bearing($1.25 each). The golf 88 has new roller bearings that are greasable. i would highly recommend this machine. http://www.spyker.com.

that is my 2 cents,
mike

ant
09-04-2000, 08:43 PM
lesco s/s 80 lbs one for small area.
perm-a-green spreader for large areas
anthony



morturf: 120 tons per season? sounds like a lot of applications.

morturf
09-04-2000, 09:02 PM
anthony,
i cover over 100 acres each application. many custom jobs. a lot of walking and some of it done with a 3pt spreader. I have more miles behind a spreader than a lot have driving! I have modified my spreaders to match my needs. the biggest mod being going from T handle to a two handed. This is a must here because of the hills in my area. far more control because you don't have to take your hands off the spreader to turn it off. The spyker will hold over 100 lbs. I just like it because it seemed a whole lot sturdier than all the others.

dhicks
09-04-2000, 09:04 PM
I use Spyker Spreader and could not be mo' happy.

Keith
09-04-2000, 09:17 PM
I had a Lesco epoxy that lasted 5 years. I was looking into a Spyker but ended up buying Lesco MK II ss. It was on sale and the Lesco dealer was nearby.

BTW Scotts has a commercial spreader, but the only dealer for them in my area wanted $430 +.

Lazer
09-04-2000, 09:19 PM
Morturf,

I agree with your assessment of Spyker spreaders, they're head and shoulders above the rest.

Question: If you apply 120 tons of fertilizer per year on 100 acres of turf, isn't that a bit heavy? Like over 50#/fert/1000?

morturf
09-04-2000, 10:52 PM
you ever heard of milorganite? it goes down at over 25#/1000. heavy yes, but good stuff. Use over 80 ton of that. I also use other 40 ton of other material. that is just the fert. also forgot the insecticide. I have been doing this for 25 years. i do way over 100 acres, not all apps go on all yards, some get more, some less. lol 50#'s is a bit much, only 35 or 40!!!!!

John DiMartino
09-04-2000, 11:05 PM
I use milorganite every spring,its very expensive and you can open that spreader up all the way and it will take it without burning.I think its 6-0-0.I use accouple pallets of it.I heard its just dried up human fecies from the municipal treatment systems that is encapsulated and chopped up,although i dont know if tis true,it sure smells like it when it gets wet

Lazer
09-05-2000, 05:35 AM
6-2-0.

Label rate is 16#/1000.

Municipal waste from Milwaukee.

MOW ED
09-05-2000, 07:49 PM
Lazer - always the professional

Its sterilized shi& from Milwaukee.
Did ya ever see the diet of people from Milwaukee.

Its similar to bratwurst, cheese and beer. Pour this on the lawn and see if it grows.

Lazer
09-05-2000, 10:16 PM
And pretzels!

jaclawn
09-10-2000, 10:26 PM
Those are just suggested settings that are printed on the Lesco bags. You still should calibrate for your individual spreader, different materials, walking speed...

Acute Cut
09-11-2000, 11:28 AM
Has anyone ever checked out that spreader by JRCO. It has a range of 5' to 25'. Seems a bit pricy to me, but time is money. I was looking at buying one next year. I do like the spyker pro people here. Not one word against them and everyone swearing by them. Interesting. May have to check into it when i get more time.

Have a good one yall
Acute Cut

Mowman
09-11-2000, 09:27 PM
I bought a Scotts Pro Rotary Spreader this spring a Lowes. I paid $129.00. It has 10" tires (air filled) with a 120lb. hopper. It worked very well for me. Hope this helps. Mowman