Who'd Like a Decent Hand Spreader- Listen Up Earthway

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by PlantscapeSolutions, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just found number five in CA. I have called or emailed six other people and hope to score a few more. I'm going to keep using my search method about once a week and see how many I can find.
     
  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What is everybody using the little hand spreaders for??? I hope you guys isnt using them seed lawns. That would take forever on refill that little thing.


    Here is what I use cross my new lawn installs

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  3. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    A lot of us are licensed applicators and need a small spreader for flower bed applications.
     
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    O sorry, Im a licensed applicator, I still don't use them little spreaders.
    What are you spreading with them for flower beds??
     
  5. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Fertilizer on thin strips of turf around pools, fountains, ponds and narrow islands of turf around parking lots and commercial sites...any narrow or tight spot.

    I carry it in the hopper of my ride-on mostly
     
  6. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    I spread Top Choice, Talstar, and Dylox. Your out of the fire ant range for Top Choice but grubs are a problem every where. Usually, here the flower beds will get dug up first by armadillos, skunks, or raccoons and then they will move on to the lawn where they have to work harder to get to the grubs.

    Guys who do structural pest control as well also use the hand spreaders to broadcast around structures.
     
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I do same thing with the big Hand Spreader
    Like I said them little spreaders are time wasting item but they have a place to someone

    Thanks for answering my question
     
  8. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    The benefit of the smaller spreader is you can hold it further from your body and more precisely aim it over or around object. I like Earthway but that chest spreader and their bag spreaders put you cranking hand into the stream of what your broadcasting which is not good at all.

    Many items I broadcast will create some dust as well and I do not want that close to my body or worse closer to my head where I'm going to breath it in. On days where the wind is blowing some (which is every day here) it's great to be able to hold the hand spreader lower to the ground and further from my body.

    Most of the time when I do bed applications I do not need much material. I can usually quickly refill the less cumbersome hand spreader with 2 lbs of material that will cover a lot of area. As you can see from this thread a lot of people really like their Scott's hand spreader. A hand spreader and a 5 gallon bucket for quick refills works really well.

    All hand spreaders made for the last four years are crap and the Scott's unit is really the only unit ever made that was not crap. If you can find one of the older Handygreen II units you will love it.
     
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    So you don't wear a breathing mask If you think holding it 5ft away is going stop you breathing it in OK:dizzy:

    If it works for you more power to you I fill my hand spreader once, I don't need drag a 5 gallon bucket around. Who packing the bucket you have back track to the bucket on every refill
    Sorry I wont use a little spreader like you talking about for treating anything its a waste of time
    Time is money
    I do own one I forgot I use to seed my Deer Food Plots with Clover or Rape or Turnips Small plots and a handful of seed spreads several sqft. On my plots I have time to waste to enjoy the nature.
     
  10. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
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    Those of us with a ride on keep it in our hopper and use it for small areas. Just scoop out of the hopper. It makes me faster, more accurate on small spots, and saves me fertilizer by preventing over broadcasting. Quit being small minded. Think outside the box. The point of the thread is that there are a lot of us that want a commercial hand spreader. Not a chest spreader.
     

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