Lesco spreader question

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Decali, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. Decali

    Decali LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    I used my Lesco fertilizer spreader today for the first time and have a couple of concerns. 1) Is it just me or does it throw heavy to the left side? If so, how can I compensate? 2) I have the manual deflector. Rather than throwing from about the edge of the outside wheel like I'm used to it, seems to throw from about the middle of the hopper in and makes it difficult if I'm going around beds or up to curbs.

    Anyone have these problems?
     
  2. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 1,218

    this is how a lesco spreader works....the 11-3 pattern, dont mess with it,


    I used lesco spreader for 18 years now, and I only have a problem ( streaking lawns ) when I think too much about the pattern, all I know is I stop, turn, 4 steps open , stop , turn and go back
     
  3. grassguy_

    grassguy_ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 633

    Decali,
    that's why there is a shoot shut off under the third hole to dimish the amount of flow out the hole to compensate for the pattern. I've always disliked the pattern as well but have tended to know how to compesate in the passes so as not to streak. Personally the Scotts push spreader has done better for me.
     
  4. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    I have noticed that my Earthway throws heavier to the left also....I remembered reading on here that this is normal for many spreaders...
     
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    If you learn to go counterclockwise and throw your pattern to the left tire mark, you'll have no problems.

    At least this is what I do, and have had no problems once I stopped trying to go back and forth like "striping" a lawn with a mower.
     
  6. The Lawn Crew

    The Lawn Crew LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

    Of course, you could always sell the Lesco spreader and buy a Scott's/Anderson's and not have this problem. $450.
     
  7. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 593

    I HATE the new lesco spreaders. Give me back my old one...with no side deflector and that slide on the third hole bent so it stays wide open...
     
  8. N.IN.lawnsupply

    N.IN.lawnsupply LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Check out Spyker spreaders. They are every bit as well built as LESCO, but have a "Accuway" spread pattern equalizer, which is basicalla an adjustable flow divider so the fertilizer can be adjusted to spread dead center, not off to one side.
     
  9. grassredneck

    grassredneck LawnSite Member
    Posts: 150

    I've found the Lesco spreader to be a pain because the edge kit doesn't stay in the upright position so I have to use a bungee cord to hold it up. They still have the old ones for sale. I just bought one ($270 vs. $329) and I like it better
     
  10. GREENITUP

    GREENITUP LawnSite Member
    Posts: 245

    I'VE USED A LESCO FOR THOUSANDS OF APPS. ONE OF THE EARLIER POSTS IS RIGHT - SLIDE THE COVER OVER THE THIRD HOLE. GO IN STRAIGHT LINES - OVERLAPING BACK TO YOUR LAST TIRE MARKS. DON'T FORGET TO STOP FLOW AT THE END OF EACH LINE - MAKING "QUICK TURNS" GIVES UN-EVEN COVERAGE ON THE OUTER EDGES. THE EDGING WITH SIDEGUARD HAS ALWAYS BEEN TRICKY. YOU WILL COME UP WITH YOUR OWN METHOD AFTER A WHILE. GOOD LUCK.
     

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