Advice on Compost Spreader

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by replenish&subdue, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, they are both good machines. You can't go wrong with either one. It just comes down to personal preferences.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    I want fast and easy and thats that
  3. AlecMcClennan

    AlecMcClennan LawnSite Member
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    We've tried a lot of compost spreaders and the Eco Lawn Applicator is our favorite. It spreads well, holds about 1/2 yard of compost and is a dream compared to spreading by hand.

    It doesn't always spread perfectly evenly, and sometimes you need to shake the machine to get the compost to flow out of it, but it is by far the best machine we've tried.
  4. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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    And I want someone to shovel the compost into the spreader. Then I 'm good to go. :)
  5. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for the info. I have heard of them, but confused them with another company in Leola (Millcreek) that deals only with commercial equipment. I will definitely check them out as in there in our backyard.

  6. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    TF PLus,

    I just ordered the vibration kit (Mike should get it shipped tomorrow). Things look good. I am going to be using a Spyker #288. I modified the axle and agitator inside the hopper and got a good response. The only problem left was I had to shake teh spreader to settle the compost every so often. I'm hoping the vibration kit takes care of that problem.

    The test compost I used was screened to 1/4" and was pretty wet. I could literally make "black snowballs" and throw them. Here is a pic of the coverage (note: you can see the thick spot is where I shook the spreader)...

  7. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Guys, I get "hung up" on precision when it comes to applications, BUT put precision in the right perspective. It isn't about how much product is in a 2"x2" square. It is about how much product is in a 2'x2' square and how the 2'x2' square down the middle of the pass compares to a 2'x2' square on either end of the pattern. I made tree mad when I "suggested" that some broadcast equipment fails this test unless the pattern is overlapped. I have never seen an eco-lawn, and in all honesty, TG's word that it is even is good enough for me. If it was my nickel being spent, I would want a demo and check it myself before I passed them the check, but I am that way about almost anything I expect to perform. If I had to build it, then I have to kick myself (quite good at that too, actually), but I still kick and I don't "settle". If I'm buying something, the trade offs are weighed accordingly and then I make a decision.

    My point is that the picture shows some lighter and darker "spots", but overall the distribution (minus the one streak) looks decent. Plants, even turf, don't pull nutrients from a single 1" square. Root zones are wide. The goal is to be as uniform as possible in an overall sense of the application area, not "perfect".

    And, even with a drop spreader, if I feel it must be as "perfect" as possible, we do overlapping patterns in two directions. Overkill? maybe, but I feel better.
  8. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    I'll post pics when I get it tweaked just right.

    My tolerance is good enough that the customers are pleased. If I have an mojor streaking problems I will let you know.

    The last three years I have broadcast chems with a bag spreader over my shoulder. I don't expect this to be a problem.
  9. onebreezer

    onebreezer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    How long does it take to spread three wheel barrow loads of material evenly? I can spread three wheel barrow loads worth of material in three minutes and three seconds including loading using a conveyer truck and a turfco metermatic. You will never get material down as evenly by hand as you will by machine. It is like trying to cut your lawn with a pair of finger nail clippers. You cannot imagine the difference.
  10. onebreezer

    onebreezer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    how many cubic feet will the Eco hold

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