Spreader - agri fab - good deal?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by GRT, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. GRT

    GRT LawnSite Member
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  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    It actually looks to be a well built unit...do you plan to use it commercially?
  3. GRT

    GRT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    no, just on my 1 acre property. The little Scott's thing I have been using sucks. :)
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I will probably get flamed for not telling you to go out and buy a $600 Spyker or a $8000 ride on spreader, but here goes...

    It should be fine for that. I use an Earthway which I think works very well. The Earthway comes with all the papers that describe calibration and adjustment and also has spreadsheet for use with fertilizer/pound per 1000 sq ft charts...dont know if you have them in your area but maybe worth looking into the Earthway...you can also get a rain cover and deflectors the Earthway...not sure about the Agri-Fab. The price for the Earthway I have was $25 more , but is a solid unit and a great replacement for a Scott's homeowner junk and has solid control rod for controls like the Agri-Fab and other more expensive units.
  5. GRT

    GRT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    very cool, thanks for the advice
  6. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    They are fair...nothing to brag on though....I use one commercially and after 2 years they are shot...I would say it would last you 10 years. The weakest link in them are the bushing in the hopper....they seem to wear really fast and time you get the parts to fix it....it comes to around 90 bux. Other than the bushing in the hopper.....its a decent spreader

  7. tyaroch

    tyaroch LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 119

    Run it! It will work great.
  8. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Messages: 3,251

    I used Agri-Fab spreaders my first two years in business. They rust really fast if used commercially. My second one did not last a full year. I even washed it every night. They spread and push nice. It should last if washed and oil after using.
  9. SCB

    SCB LawnSite Member
    from FJ
    Messages: 10

    Maybe worth trying now Lesco 50# spreader, it looks better than Agri-Lab, price could be a little higher than that also.
  10. Terraformer

    Terraformer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Agri-Fab they're uh... an okay push spreader for the money. However, I will warn you that unless you are young, under 45, and wanting the exercise - don't buy it. The only exception would be if you have less that 15K sq. ft. to cover. Even then... that's a hard push. Example: I recently invested in a Spyker 288 w/Border Patrol as a replacement to my old Earthway commercial unit. Boy what a nice product and a dream to push compared to the old Earthway. That said, I only use it for critical trimming and very confined/small areas (under 10k). Otherwise, I use my Agri-Fab tow behind and it does a good job providing you use good product and calibrate it.

    FYI - Soon I plan to invest in a quality ride-on spreader sprayer.

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