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Old 02-23-2008, 09:17 PM
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Oh yeah! The lifting! Spreader weighs 35 pounds -risky to lift if you have more than a few pounds in the hopper. Don't put in more fert than you need. Put a few pounds back in the bag--but try to do that without lifting it. (Anybody know how ?)

Also...attach a strong handle to the left side of the frame, just underneath the hopper. Use screw clamps, stainless steel bolts, nylon cord or whatever. Now...back straight, using the handle, lift with you left hand from underneath using your bicep muscles. Use your right hand at any convenient spot up the long handle, just so the weight is more or less equally divided. Allow the wheel to contact the thigh for leverage as needed.
Or...not trying to be a smarty!...If you really don't want to lift it you can dip it out with a 7-11 Big gulp cup like I do to empty my PG every day!
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:10 PM
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Good idea Ted,
I use a tiny whisk broom with a small plastic dustpan to get the last of the fertilizer out of my Permagreen Ultra.
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:33 PM
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Good idea Ted,
I use a tiny whisk broom with a small plastic dustpan to get the last of the fertilizer out of my Permagreen Ultra.
Same here!
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Old 02-23-2008, 11:14 PM
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Good idea Ted,
I use a tiny whisk broom with a small plastic dustpan to get the last of the fertilizer out of my Permagreen Ultra.
Since this thread went towards the PG somehow... I thought I'd throw in how I clean out my hopper at the end of the day. I bought one of those small shop vacs for about $30 and use that. I can clean the stuff that's stuck in the crevices too before I blow it off or wash it. Then what's in the vac canister I just dump into a bucket for reuse the next trip out. Of course I still have to quickly scoop out some if there's too much to vac out... but the vac is the fastest thing for getting 100% of it!
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:30 AM
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My theory on emptying the hopper on my push spreaders is not to overload. Most of my lawns that I push are about 6 or 7m so a half bag gets me back to the truck just about empty. It does suck to run out with just a few hundred feet left to spread! I use a wet/dry vac to clean the hoppers at the end of the day. It works great, especially on the PG since I can't flip it over and sweep it out.
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:55 AM
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Excellent idea on the small shop vac! A friend of mine in the biz and I had discussed doing that. Of course, it needs to be dedicated to fertilizer. Can't let someone get ahold of it and hit the floorboard of the truck.
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