Good fertilizer/seed spreader for about $100

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Ditta&Sons, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
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  2. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    which model do you have?
     
  3. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Search instead for John Deere Landscapes, they took over LESCO several years ago. Good spreaders but priced higher than you said you want to pay.
     
  4. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks, theres a dealer about 40 minutes away, Ill give them a call to see what they have and how much their entry level spreader is.
     
  5. smlc451

    smlc451 LawnSite Member
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    Why do you want to buy an entry level spreader? Consider buying the best one you can afford, it will probably last you a lot longer than you'd think. I am trying to not buy "entry-level" anything anymore, seems to me that when I do I always end up buying the cheap one and then have to replace it with the one I should have bought to begin with.

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  6. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    that would be the entry level lol around $100-150. Sure I would buy a $300 spreader if I had the coin. Its not a piece of equipment I would use very often so something well-constructed but without the bells and whistles.

    Requirements are:

    Rubber tires
    holds 50 lbs
    solid shaft axle
    hoping for grease-able axle
    rugged construction
     
  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    go with leasco stainless . expensive but will last you 8 or more yrs.
     
  8. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    how much is it? they dont list prices for push spreaders on the john deere site
     
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think just under $300
     
  10. Ditta&Sons

    Ditta&Sons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thats 2-3 times what I have to spend though. If I had $300 the choice wouldnt be so hard. I understand the importance of buying a piece of equipment that will outlast the cheaply made products but I cant afford to spend that much. If fertilizing becomes a more regular app that I can sell then I would definitely spend more money on the next one, but as it stands, I dont do much fertilizing so it would have minimal use for now.

    The spreader I have now is a small Scott's with edgeguard that I found beside the Walmart, I assume was destined for the garbage (its bolts were rusty and the cable was misaligned, which I fixed) otherwise I guess I stole a spreader LOL So Ive been using that with some success so far, but my parents gave me $100 for my birthday and I decided I wanted a more professional type of spreader. I'm willing to put in a few extra bucks but not another $200.

    I appreciate all the responses. Does anyone have a low cost spreader that theve been happy with? I'm trying to stay within budget and not go into debt.
     

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