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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by PlantscapeSolutions, Apr 12, 2011.
That's not it.
I just emailed Jeff to see if we're ever going to see the hand spreader they said they were working on in the past. I don't want to give out Jeff's email but I would like everyone to send emails to Earthways sales email address at email@example.com and tell them you want a decent spreader. Tell everyone you know to email them who wants a spreader. I would really like to flood them with emails.
Will do!!!! Just went through two Scott's spreaders.
Here is the 3500.
Similar to the 3400 as far as I can see. Better because its square.
I would like to see a poly plastic cover--like a Tupperware bowl. It would keep the salt or fert dry, keep it away from your face, safer, as when spreading powerful insecticides for fire ants. It would be used more often because people would tend to leave the product in the spreader until time for the next job. Plastic covers would increase the cost of course and the hopper might have to be round.
Graduations on the inside of the hopper could show the cubic inches or approximate pounds of fert. Website should show examples of calibration, and as much calibration assistance as possible, at least as good as Scotts.
Edge guard and swith width adjustment should be available. This would be ecologically sound, as narrow curb strips could be covered fully, without throwing a lot of fertilizer in the gutter, (which would otherwise wash directly to lakes and streams). The labor of sweeping or blowing off the sidewalks would be saved. Now the law in Michigan.
Hand spreaders are, of course, safer on steep banks. Just ask anyone who has flipped a 500 pound ride-on while doing a steep slope. Every truck should carry one.
Hand spreaders are perfect for spreading in a flower garden, where you cannot use a wheeled spreader.
That looks like the one I have. I've put the thing through hell and back and it still works. I mostly use it to spread snap shot but it definitely has seen it's fair share of work
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This posting has gotten over 10,000 views and as a result if you Google "hand spreader" this posting of mine is on the first page of Google. Who ever gets me a decent hand spreader first is going to get some valuable advertising for free.
I had an applicator in Alabama call me yesterday because he was desperate to find a replacement for his spreader and he saw my post when he Googled hand spreader.
I'm talking with a manufacturer in China to see what it would cost to clone the older Scott's spreader that I still have. I'll let you guys know how this proceeds. I'd have to buy either 500 or 1000 of the spreaders at a minimum to make this work.
I'd buy 3 for sure. Hell, if the price was right I'd buy 10.
I will say this. I still have the 2 Spyker handhelds I bought last year and we've put them through hell. I don't care for the pattern(its ok for fert) It sucks for fine, expensive dry materials like Heritage G. The crank/gear has really held up well though.
For anyone who would love to see a clone of the old better version of the Scott's Handy Green 2 made please send an email to Sophy Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm trying my best to make something happen. Just tell her it used to be the best spreader you could buy and you would be very interested to see them made again. I would touch on how all the other spreaders on the market are crap and it's making it hard for us to do our application work.
I can't tell my secret of how I found them but I managed to buy four older Scott's spreaders today from various people. I hope to buy several more.