What spreader would you recommend?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by casolorz, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. casolorz

    casolorz LawnSite Member
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    I have 3.5 acres to spread seed/fertilizer on, probably a good 3 or 4 times a year. I've bought the little pull spreaders before and they all end up breaking somehow. The last spreader I got at tractor supply looked pretty strong and like it could take it and it broke after maybe 10 minutes.
    I don't know if the kubota bx1860 I have is just too much for those little spreaders or if my lot is just too rough.


    I've looked into the big cone spreaders, 3 point and pull behind, and would not mind getting a pull behind one but it really kills me that they cost so much more than the 3 point ones. The reasons I haven't gotten the 3 point ones are that maybe one day I won't have my kubota anymore and I am also thinking they might be too big for the job.

    Anyways what would you recommend?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No they are not to big if it is spread out and not a lot of obstacles. I would go with the 3pt
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  3. wrooster

    wrooster LawnSite Member
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    I have the same BX and have been using a tow-behind for two acres. I have used this particular spreader about 20 times without breaking it. :)

    It's $155 w/ free shipping at Amazon...
    http://www.amazon.com/Precision-Products-TBS6000RDOS-130-Pound-Broadcast/dp/B000PSUS0Y

    I would not characterize this model as "industrial strength" but on the other hand it has taken 120 lbs of lime (etc) for long rides. It is light enough that I can store it up off the floor in my workshop, so for the ~350 days I am not using it there is no wasted space.

    My only complaint is that I have to find the time to extend the control closer to my operating position -- right now it is reachable but inconvenient.

    If I had to get another, I would look at a PTO-driven type -- but on the other hand on my specific property, which is not exactly an open field, I think I would have to work at not over-applying in certain areas.

    Wrooster

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  4. casolorz

    casolorz LawnSite Member
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    Do you know the brand of that spreader? I'm still unsure as to what to get.
     
  5. wrooster

    wrooster LawnSite Member
    from NJ
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    I added the link to Amazon above.

    The primary issue with a 3pt mounted PTO-driven spreader is that a decent quality one is *at least* three times the cost of a decent quality pull-behind. The PTO jackshaft alone is worth about $100.

    Wrooster
     
  6. casolorz

    casolorz LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the link. My only hesitation with the amazon one is that it looks pretty similar to my first one (also from amazon) except for it was a different brand.

    I've been looking at this one for pto:
    http://www.agrisupply.com/pt-spreader-gearbox-driveline/p/70271/
     
  7. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've got a JD2305 which is pretty much the green version of your orange. When I bought the tractor I also bought a PTO driven Frontier 3PH spreader. I don't remember exactly but I want to think it was around $350-$400. I works great and really came in handy when I spread almost 300 bags of lime on my 2 acres.

    Two years ago I did a renovation on about 1.5 acres and I bought an 80lb Lesco push spreader. I actually use that more than the Frontier as I buy all my fertilizer from JD/Lesco and can use the setting from the bag. I don't fill it to 80lbs as it's too dam heavy that full. But I can easily cover my property in less than an hour and it's great exercise.

    Here's a pic of both spreaders. If I had to choose just one hands down it would be the Lesco.

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  8. wrooster

    wrooster LawnSite Member
    from NJ
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    I would spend a tiny bit more and get a similarly sized/priced Cosmo PTO spreader -- that way when you need a replacement part or some such you won't be emailing China.

    Wrooster
     

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