No license required for fert application in my area in case you were wondering. Anyhow all I have ever used for my own lawn is the hand crank type. I've looked and Home Depot, Lowes etc. but I really want something decent that will last. I'm a solo operation and I don't abuse my equipment. My most productive mower is a Quick 36 if that helps. I did like the edge guard on the Home Depot spreader I saw but I admit I'm a complete noob in this area. I prefer to pay 60% more so it will last 5 times as long. Any help appreciated.