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Old 02-02-2014, 02:02 PM
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Hand Spreader

I know there have been several posts on here about hand spreaders as our industry needs a good one?

Look at what David (Lawn Solutions) did you change the seeding and aeration market. You would think that it would be easy to come up with a good hand spreader but nobody has done it. I would pay $30-50 for an awesome hand spreader if it would work good and last.

Right not we are buying Scotts spreaders in bulk for $10 and they only last a few weeks to a few months.

We have always used Scotts hand spreaders and they used to be awesome until they went to the cheaper version (71130 I think).

What are you guys using?

I need to get new ones for this year and if there is something better I would love to know about it.

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Old 02-02-2014, 09:41 PM
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Are the Scotts models still built by Republic steel? Jeff at Earthway spreaders was going to design and build a new one when he posted here last year.
What features would you like to have?
Everybody--what features or improvements would convince you to pay more than $20?

Arm support? Rain cover? Guaranteed gears? Calibration table for the 10 most common products? Edge guard? Stainless steel for metal parts? Fits behind seat? Safer in some way--such as dust guard that prevents pesticide dust from falling on operator or flying in operators face? Cubic inch graduations on hopper? Easy calibration adjustment and crank that can be operated while wearing gloves? Easy to hang on your ride-on hopper?
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:33 AM
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I use the solo chest spreader and mainly for fire ant baits.... Very low quantities per acre.

It works great but the shoulder strap is awkward. It is just one strap like a women's purse. It really needs to be set up like wearing a backpack backwards and that's on my list of things to do before spring.

A calibration table based on average walking speed would be great but difficult. How could you calibrate walking speed and rpms on the crank?
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:08 PM
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I just use a small belly sack. Have for a few years. Cheap and works great.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:08 AM
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The old style Scott's spreaders [the ones that actually work] can be found at garage sales and thrift stores if you're lucky enough to score them. The latest generation Scott's one are basically a cuss fest IMO. I have been able to acquire two with the arm rest and one without the forearm support but same working parts. Also have a spare hull for parts.

Earthway 3100 is the other one I like. X pattern back cross straps. Monkey grinder and I still believe ships with rain cover as standard. Hardly a hand held but it is the next best thing other than the single strap Solo...?

There is thread I posted an update on last year and the word is the old school GOOD Scott's molds can in fact be put back into production. Not sure why Earthway or some other Co. just wont buy up the old mold and be done with it.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:12 AM
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Here it is with pics etc.http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.p...94#post4918494
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:24 PM
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Solo here too. Things are bulletproof.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:15 AM
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Solo here too. Things are bulletproof.
Which model exactly...?
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:01 PM
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Solo® Model 421S Portable Shoulder Spreader
20 lb. Capacity

The best 60 to 80 dollars you'll ever spend in my opinion.

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Old 02-05-2014, 01:22 PM
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Great! I'm going to snag one.
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