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Lesco spreader calibration?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Drivefaster35, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. Drivefaster35

    Drivefaster35 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 367

    hey Guys I boutght a 80 lb Rotary Spreader from lesco the other day and haven a little trouble calibrating it as I am new to fertilizing this year i could really use some help I set the spreaer at 15 which lesco says would give me about 4.2 lbs per 1000 sqft but I'm gettin about 6 lbs per 1000 sg ft at that setting I'm using EC Grow 13-2-5 .10 deminsion by the way any help or advice would be apreciated or maybe even a website with a video or 2 on how to calibrate a spreader or even apply at the right rate-thanks:waving:
  2. olive123

    olive123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 500

    you may have to adjust the plate. do you use the number keys? that is the proper way to set the spreader if that is the case your overlapping too much or adjust your walking speed.
  3. Drivefaster35

    Drivefaster35 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 367

    I tyried adjusting the plate but its still messed up but I do think there is a possiblity that I just did to much overlap and other suggestions?
  4. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 1,877

    I try and throw over to the last set of wheel marks for overlap.
  5. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    If you go by the settings it should be ok. It might be to much overlap.:confused:
  6. MStine315

    MStine315 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 789

    Two things: Use a calibration gauge to make sure the numbers match on the gauge and your setiings on your spreader. I think you can adjust to shut off lever to match this up. Second, although not likely enough to make your overage 50%, what about walking pace? The slower you walk, the less wide your pass, thus the more concentrated your application, thus the fewer feet between passes, thus the more passes per yard...... It's feed by gravity, so when it's open the same amount comes out whether your standing still or going 8 MPH. Did this come out right? I'm trying to explain it clearly but sometimes I make it more confusing!!?? I hope I helped, Marc
  7. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,116

    If Lesco indicates 4.2 lbs/M at setting 15, that is based on their product which is a standard SGN particle size. If the product you use has a smaller particle size, then your spreader setting would be lower to acheive the same 4.2 lbs/M rate.

    Most importantly, you will find Lesco's setttings to be a general guideline. Since everyone doesn't spread with the same speed and technique, your mileage may vary.
  8. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 476

    Don't trust the setting numbers on the spreader. Mine is one and a half numbers off. Use the calibration guage that came with the spreader. If you don't have one Lesco owes you one.
  9. LonniesLawns

    LonniesLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from KS
    Posts: 317

  10. frotis

    frotis LawnSite Senior Member
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