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lesco spreader

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by humble1, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,499

    Alright has this happened to you, and why is this happening to me.
    I was putting down dimension app today, I broke 2 new cotter pins, on the tire wheel shaft that locks in the spinner. Im pushing it in and bending it over

    Why do they keep breaking I dont get it?
  2. Hissing Cobra

    Hissing Cobra LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 700

    Are you talking about the cotter pin that holds the wheel to the axle or the roll pin that holds the gearset to the axle? Regardless, they usually break when there's too much pressure put on them. This can be caused by overfilling the hopper with two 50 lb. bags instead of using just one bag or even one and a half bags. Back when I was using mine for 100,000+ sq. ft. per day, I would break them often. I found a good fix though. I drilled the holes out larger and would use nails in the holes instead. I'd insert them in and then bend them over. They would last a full season and then some!
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,212

    I use the biggest nails I can find. But...check your lubrication. If you don"t have oil on the bearings and gears, and a few pounds of air in the tires...maybe it needs too much force to push the spread. You don't want to work harder than necessary.
  4. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,859

    Spyker 288's rule:usflag: American made too. Anymore, we consider LESCO spreaders the "homeowner version" of a lawn spreader. 8 out of 8 of us agree.

    LIBERTYLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,283

    I agree!:)
  6. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,433

    that is so frustrating when the cotter breaks while spreading a lawn,
    you gotta be real quick to close latch. I like the nail idea, think ill try it,

    i also constantly loose those little spring clips that hold the agitator
    arm on inside the hopper-- any clever fixes for this?
    i was thinkin either threading the top of the shaft, or drilling a hole
    thru the shaft and using cotter pin or set screw
  7. SCB

    SCB LawnSite Member
    from FJ
    Posts: 10

    That spring clip is realy annoying. I think maybe you can simply try to use metal adhesive to glue the agitator arm on the shaft.
    Lesco new spreader has a C-clip with new shaft to replace current design, it should help prevent this issue.

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