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Lesco Stand on Spreader

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by mdlwn1, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Im looking at buying either the old walkbehind lesco motorized spreader or the newer stand on. Obv the stand on would be better...only 400 more, but my question is..will they get traction on hills? Can you get off it and help push it up? The older wb's will go up any incline untill it tips over.
  2. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,410

    Hills will be no problem on the hps machine. You may elect to step off of it if you are pulling a very steepe incline with a full hopper but you will never have to push it.
  3. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    i agree, the hill traction is suprisingly good on the hps

    but a couple of things, if it is a wet smooth grass slope,
    fairly steep- the rear wheels will lose traction and spin,
    dry = no problem

    my machine bogs down quite a bit with a full hopper + me + slope,
    which is only a concern if applying fertilizer- as it slows down quite a bit

    i never get off the machine, i find i get best traction with my
    weight over the rear wheels
  4. TforTexas

    TforTexas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    I didn't like the motorized walk-behind. Speed was just wrong, a little too fast, and I felt awkward walking at that speed. If I throttled it down then impeller didnt spin fast enough. Also the tri-pod configuration of the wheels made it unstable in the shop or on the trailer. If it tipped over oil in the crankcase would fill cylinder and I would have to work on it for too long to get it running. I love the HPS though! In my mind there is no contest.
  5. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I didn't realize the drive wheels were in the back. The good thing about the walkbehind was that it wouldnt bog on hills because you could "assist" it. Your right about the speed...seemed to hurt the knees walking so fast without a load on them...like throwing baseballs and then throwing a wiffle ball.

    Thanks for the info guys

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