Scotts spreader, Help please

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by dirtforlife, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. dirtforlife

    dirtforlife LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 10


    My old Scott's rotary spreader is about to be retired. The plastic spinning piece under the drop area is getting brittle and several fins have cracked. It doesn't have a model number,so I don't know what model I have, but it looks like a heavy duty commercial spreader. It will hold a 50 lb bag or more. I called Scott's and they said they would send me a voucher to get a "Free" Scott's spreader. They said their spreaders are guaranteed replacement for life? That's cool...I've had this spreader for 10 years or more.They said they would replace it with one from Home Deport or Lowes but I want a commercial one like I had, not a cheap one. My old one has metal wheels, hard fiberglass looking bucket, metal handle with metal lever, etc. scott's said if I found one made like mine, they would give me a commercial voucher for a free one.

    Anyway, What commercial model do you guys suggest?

  2. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,637

    Is it an R8 possibly?
  3. naughty62

    naughty62 LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Posts: 368

    could be r8 ,or a anderson ap-2000 or sr -2000 with a scotts sticker on it.Look on the bar with the setting scale .Some have the model stamped on the bar .What are the setting ranges c-z ,1-24 ?
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,231

    Is it stainless steel? If they are metal wheels, are the tires inflatable or hard rubber? When i started at Tru Green (1977) we had the old hard rubber type wheels, orange wheels with green fiberglass hopper. We found we could stand on the spread if you were having trouble climbing a tall fence. Model R-4 or R-5 maybe. You can replace the impeller with a new one. Or...get some epoxy or hot glue, cut some plastic bottles and glue some new plastic fins on the impeller. You are good to go for another 15,000 miles.
  5. dirtforlife

    dirtforlife LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 10

    The scale is A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S

    Not SS, Tires are hard rubber. It says Scotts Rotary on the front side of the bucket. Metal wheels look Orange or Red. Pretty sure a fiberglass hopper, grainy looking.. No replacement parts are available.

  6. dirtforlife

    dirtforlife LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 10

    pics of the spreader



  7. Frank Fescue

    Frank Fescue LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 705

    OUCH time for a new spreader. I think that spreader pre-dates certain varities of grass.

    The impelor is pretty chewed up but other than being an ancient rustbox it looks ok. I wasnt aware Scotts guarenteed spreaders for life, if so take what they give you. I'd try to keep the hopper if you like its durability
  8. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 1,873

    I wonder if a lesco impeller would work? You could take yours off and take it to lesco and compare it to theirs. they look very similar.
  9. MStine315

    MStine315 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 789

    Exactly what I was thinking. The shut off plate and gearbox/impeller assembly look VERY similar to Lesco's old style spreader (not the current version). Take it to a Lesco and see if the parts match up. I'll see if I can look up some part numbers for you. Good Luck.
  10. MStine315

    MStine315 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 789

    I looked for part numbers with no luck, sorry. But the more I think about it, I wonder if Lesco's pneumatic wheels will fit too? It'd be better than those skinny, hard rubber things.

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