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

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

  1. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    i agree with about 6 ft.
     
  2. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    ### Me too.###
     
  3. Puttinggreens

    Puttinggreens LawnSite Senior Member
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    One other thought.

    I actually wish the existing hand helds spread a a little bit heavier rate than its maximum. I know it would empty quickly but I often find myself slowing my pace way down to get enough product along curb lines. I haven't used the Earthway model much myself, my guys do though, most of my experience is wtih the Scotts.

    What does everyone else think about this?
     
  4. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bigger. I want up to at least ten depending upon cranking speed. 2-3 isn't even in the ballpark. That would be a huge turnoff.
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  5. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i agree 6 ' is ok -- or say roughly 4-8' range
     
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    We ordered a few earthway handheld ones like in this thread as the only similar replacement for our scotts, but await a real pro handheld development
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  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here is my list.
    My favorite "must have" features of a pro version of your hand spreader.

    -wrist support brace

    -edge guard if near flowers and to suit narrow strips or sidewalks

    -wide range of openings, easy to set rate

    -capable of spreading seed, fert, fire-ant bait and salt on sidewalks

    -must fit behind seat of truck

    -rain cover to keep toxic insecticides away from face (transparent)

    -operable with gloves

    -agitator to prevent product bridging

    -graduated in 10 cu in measurements

    -water rinsable, non corrosive, Lubrication possible, if needed

    -offer a chest version, in-between size, about 10 pounds, neck strap

    -some way to calibrate how much you are applying (at least a big chart with settings for various products)

    --Less than $20--good luck!
     
  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Odd...I just looked at the Scotts website and the tiny "Scotts Easy Hand Held" spreader without the extended handle shows a 5 year gurantee--just send broken part to Republic Tool and Manufacturing of Carlsbad California. Mine has black plastic crank and spinner--not orange as pictured above.
    http://www.scotts.com/smg/catalog/productTemplate.jsp?proId=prod70434&itemId=cat70012&tabs=usage

    I found no guarantee under the one with the extended handle "Scotts Handy-Green II Hand-Held Spreader".
     
  9. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Jeff did you ever have any luck trying to cast some more durable gears with your existing molds? I went out recently and used one of the newer Scotts Handy Green 2's and it wasn't totally worthless but it was close. They even changed the gear ratios in the newer spreaders so it's more difficult to broadcast. I had to do the flower beds at about 50 properties and I'm not sure how much longer my old Handy Green is going to hold up.

    My next application is in late July and then in August I have a massive amount of Top Choice I need to spread. I'm hoping your able to tweak one of your models pretty soon before I'm up the creek with out a spreader.
     
  10. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    I sent the guys at Green Touch a little info about this issue to see if they had any interest in making a product. Surely if they can come up with the Extreme Series racks that kick butt they can throw together a decent hand spreader. They already have the Chinese connections to manufacturer stuff. I've met the Green Touch guys before at a trade show before I'm hoping I can get them to ponder this issue. Making a quality hand spreader should not be this hard.
     

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