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Nobody Makes a decent Hand Spreader Anymore

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by PlantscapeSolutions, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,011

    The Scotts Handygreen 2 used to be the best little hand spreader you could buy for flower bed applications. Then about three years back Scotts probably switched manufacturers in China to save a few pennies and the quality went down the toilet.

    I talked to Scotts, and Earthway but they don't listen to feedback at all. I love my Earthway stainless steel push spreader but hand helds Earthway make are junk. Earthway sent me a free bag spreader but you hand goes threw the stream your broadcasting which is a pretty stupid design.

    I know there are other bag or hopper spreaders you can strap on you chest but who needs a bulky spreader like that for small area applications? I would like to hear from as many people as possible who are tired of the junk hand spreaders on the market and would be willing to pay $50 or even $100 for a commercial quality hand spreader. I'd even be satisfied if Scotts would pull it's head out of it's azz and once again make a quality product.

    If anyone has an old Handygreen 2 spreader with a solid crank style handle I would gladly pay $50 for it. The new crappy spreaders all have raised fins on the hand crank that resemble the cooling fins on an air cooled engine.

    Alright, everybody chime in.
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    i know what you mean, but at 10 bucks a pop, you can also get 5 a year and make out ok.

    i use them for shrub bed apps myself.
  3. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,011

    I found that as soon as you turn the handle on most hand spreaders the plastic gears start to skip, grind, and go to hell. I don't think Scotts has a clue how many commercial people were using their home owner marketed spreader.
  4. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    true, and you told them this and no go huh?
    i never knew of any but the cheap plastic ones. i wich it had better gearing and handle, as they are a bit delicate, but at least they are cheap which most likely makes them more money as you have to buy more often etc.

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