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Old 11-17-2013, 09:23 PM
appalachianoutdoors appalachianoutdoors is offline
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Pros / Cons of the JRCO electric spreader plz

I am looking to purchase a JRCO spreader (approx 10 yrs old) from someone in the next couple of days. They are asking $200 and say that it was only used approx 10x. My question for current owners is:

What do you think of the quality of the workmanship?
What do you think of the spread pattern?
Have you had problems with rust on your ZTR, even if you blow and spray it off?
Any other thoughts that you may have on it??

For the sake of this thread, I am not currently considering any other models of electric spreader or tow behind for varius reasons. I am solely looking for pros / cons on the JRCO spreader from previous or current owners, as I currently own the dethatchers, blower buggy, leaf plow, and two mounts. Thanks!
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:32 PM
DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING is offline
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We own two.
Cons.
Difficult to keep clean.
Yes it will rust you mower. We put it on a dedicated unit for spreading.
The metal on the unit will also rust even though it's stainless.
It is difficult to keep clean you really have to work at it.
Not great for smaller lawns.
Lime dust and fert dust comes back at you when operating.

Pros.
Nice spread
They do spread all granular and lime well
You can really fling materials if you have large areas.

Good luck with your decisions
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:53 PM
appalachianoutdoors appalachianoutdoors is offline
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Thank you Dependable!! This is the kind of feedback I need. When you say that it is difficult to keep clean, do you meant around the motor and brackets, or do you mean the ZTR in general?
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:03 PM
DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING is offline
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Both. You can imagine there are lots of nooks and crannys on your mower as well as spreader. Especially underneath at the spreader motor and cable input for hopper opener. At $200 I would do it although a ride on spreader unit is probably better if you had the accounts for it. I believe we paid 1200 per. For that little investment it should make your money back very quickly in productivity.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:54 PM
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Both. You can imagine there are lots of nooks and crannys on your mower as well as spreader. Especially underneath at the spreader motor and cable input for hopper opener. At $200 I would do it although a ride on spreader unit is probably better if you had the accounts for it. I believe we paid 1200 per. For that little investment it should make your money back very quickly in productivity.
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Dependable,
I called JRCO today and spoke to a tech about differences in their new design spreaders and the older models. I was looking at an older model with the red cast iron base between the hopper and motor. He advised against this model from about 8-10 Year's ago because he explained that the gates on these were not best designed for granular products, but mainly grass seed. He also explained that the older version was harder to clean around the motor or to work on. I like to know the technical aspects on any equipment that I purchase, so I appreciated his honesty on his own product.
** Anyone else have opinions on the JRCO spreaders??
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