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Old 02-16-2000, 08:33 PM
SLSNursery SLSNursery is offline
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We sell and use many types (in an effort to find the best). The brands include Scotts (Pro), Earthway, and Prizelawn. We also have a couple of older Lesco spreaders. <p>The Scotts seem to be the best overall, but are the most costly. Ergonomically speaking, they are comfortable, and push easy. They also have a cone which spreads the material over the impeller nicely. Their are grease fittings for maintenance. Price ranges from High 300s to mid 400s for epoxy or SS with covers, deflectors, remotes.<p>The prizelawns are good, and we use them the most. In fact I keep two bigfoot HVOs busy all year round. They are pretty durable, balanced well, and can hold a lot. They are not as tight as the Scott's, but worth the money. The HVO port allows us to spread Penn Mulch, turf starter pellets, Seed, or Ice melt. The Bigfoots have a deflector ramp too, which, like the Scott's cone puts the material down onto the impeller at different points, for various spread patterns.<p>The Earthway types are not in use by us now, but I have a few on the floor. I would avoid the less expensive (&lt;150.00) models though, just by what I can see from an inspection of the units.<p>All three brands have constant spinning agitators, as opposed to the old style Lesco Rocker/Agitators which were less than effective. I have also noticed that the Lescos, overall do not have an even Spread pattern. The Scott's seems to have the best and most consistent pattern, especially for fertilizer products. <p>We allow demos to customers, and usually rent the units out if customers are serious about buying one. Try to use on before you purchase, so that you will be happy. Also remember that the more frills (deflectors, covers, remote ports), the more parts to break.<p>I also am interested in motorized spreaders and their performance if anyone has feedback.<br>----------<br>Phil Grande - Soundview Landscape Supply - http://members.aol.com/slsnursery<br>Ivy League Landscaping - http://members.aol.com/scagrider<p>
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Old 02-16-2000, 08:49 PM
NeilG NeilG is offline
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Phil, the only thing that I can add, is that I have a Lesco hydro unit. It does a good job as far the selfpropelled unit is concerned. But like you mentioned, the uniformity of the product that is spread, is not that great. But being an old guy, that hates to push during the 95 degree summer months, it does a good job, as long as you are aware that the left side doesn't put as much product on the ground.
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Old 02-16-2000, 09:12 PM
Likestomow Likestomow is offline
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Phil -- I was pretty much decided on the Lesco until I read your post. Today I found a fairly good price on the Prizelawn Bigfoot ($330 incl. shipping) but wasn't sure because there wasn't any to go look at where I live. It would make it so much easier if you could just go look at them all and then decide. The Scotts sounds good too, but high.<p>Do you have any suggestions who we could call to get a good deal?<p>Thanks<br>
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Old 02-17-2000, 07:24 AM
SLSNursery SLSNursery is offline
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Likestomow - where are you located. I checked your profile, but no info. <p><p>----------<br>Phil Grande - Soundview Landscape Supply - http://members.aol.com/slsnursery<br>Ivy League Landscaping - http://members.aol.com/scagrider
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Old 02-17-2000, 08:07 AM
Likestomow Likestomow is offline
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Phil -- I live in Chattanooga, TN, right on the nothern border of Georgia.
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Old 02-20-2000, 12:35 PM
nelski nelski is offline
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Does anyone have a ride-on sprayer spreader?<br>Would like some hands on information on this <br>type of unit. Looked at the video they sent me but would like to talk to someone that owns one or has used one.<p>Royce Nelson
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Old 02-20-2000, 01:11 PM
Eric ELM Eric ELM is offline
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Hey Likestomow, I have mowed a couple lawns in Chattanooga. I get the honors when I go down to visit my inlaws and of course the Aunt lives just a couple houses away, so she needs hers done too. I know a few guys in your area. If you would like to get in contact with them via Chat, email me.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.townserver.com/elm/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>
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Old 02-20-2000, 04:08 PM
jrblawncare jrblawncare is offline
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Any thoughts on the Shindaiwa spreader,they look good but I have not used one.<p>----------<br>John <br>
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Old 02-23-2000, 05:55 AM
lakegastonlawn lakegastonlawn is offline
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The Shindaiwa spreader is the SAME unit as the PRIZELAWN BIGFOOT model. Also I don't know where you guys are getting a 300+ quote on these spreaders at, but I bought two at 250 per. Very well made, highly recommended.
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Old 02-23-2000, 06:36 PM
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I haven't seen the Shindaiwa up close, but it might be the same as the Prizelawn CBRIII or the Plain Prizelawn Bigfoot (Not Stainless). The Stainless models cost more and the Bigfoot HVO costs more too.<p>----------<br>Phil Grande - Soundview Landscape Supply - http://members.aol.com/slsnursery<br>Ivy League Landscaping - http://members.aol.com/scagrider
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