Hey, twwlawns thanks for being the one to put out the dough and try this spreader. I've been reading about it for a couple weeks and have done nothing about it. So, how does it compare to doing it by hand? Time wise??? How many yards spread in an hour???? Do you use a helper to be most efficient???? One thing I was toying with is attaching a piece of chain link fence behind the unit to drag and work it into the soil. Any thoughts????? Would the spreader hold up to that??? Thanks again for trying it not just talking about it!