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Agri-Fab 175-Pound Tow Broadcast Spreader 45-0329 Review

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For the overall health, growth, root strength and color of your lawn, it's necessary to fertilize it with nutrients. The best time to fertilize the lawn is in late Summer and early Autumn. Summer fertilization gives your lawn a hearty boost. Fertilizing in the Fall gives a lawn that extra oomph to help it make it through the Winter.

The Agri-Fab 175-Pound Tow Broadcast Spreader is an all season spreader. It's ready in Springtime to apply a thin dressing of compost or low nitrogen fertilizer, plus some pre-emergent herbicide. In Summertime it's all set to feed and fertilize whenever necessary. In the Fall it's on hand to apply seed approximately one month before frost. A thin dressing of fertilizer can also be applied one time in early Autumn and once again in late Autumn. In Wintertime your ice melt needs are seen to, by using the included hopper and spreader grate.

Read on to find out more about the Agri-Fab 175-Pound Tow Broadcast Spreader - all the pros and cons that will help your decision making process.

PROS

  • The wide stance and amply sized tires prevent tip-overs, even on the steepest grades
  • Does a great job of spreading lime and fertilizer evenly
  • Wheels contain real bearings and never need lubrication
  • Hopper's large enough to do a whole field with just one fill
  • Screen helps keep material chunks from clogging opening
  • Did a great job of overseeding the lawn, and also handled spreading pelletized lime well
  • Good for putting out oats, clay peas, and millet for the animals
  • Puts salt down easily on a blacktop road

CONS

  • Gate mechanism jams frequently
  • Axle drive pin hole didn't line up with wheel assembly hole
  • Would have preferred better constructed tires with tubeless valve stems
  • Not good for spreading rock salt
  • Bottom seed door is inconsistent
  • Had some problems when spreading lime - The lime needs to be bone dry so it will spread

PRODUCT REVIEW

The Agri-Fab 175-Pound Tow Broadcast Spreader 45-0329 has a 175 pound capacity, a spread width of ten to twelve feet, a rust resistant easy to clean galvanized steel agitator, and can cover about 40,000 square feet, cutting down dramatically the necessary number of passes to totally cover your lawn. This two broadcast spreader is equipped with a raised-flow control handle that's reachable from an ATV seat, and a pull-pin for fast transport. It features two 15" x 6" pneumatic turf-tread tires that have 3/4" diameter axles plus ball bearings. Its finish is powder coated steel, it's constructed of spinner type steel, and it has a manual flow gate. It has a controller ground drive, fits all utility vehicles, and comes with a 1-3 year limited warranty.

Many people appreciate the Agri-Fab Broadcast Spreader's convenient on / off control that's easily accessible form the seat of their tractor or ATV, as well as its independent rear drive wheels. Its controls are easy-set and professionally styled for precise application. This spreader's rustproof spreader plate and poly hopper serve to increase the life of this product. It has a gear disengage feature which permits higher transport speeds. It is excellent for the application of granular herbicides near shrubs and flower beds, since its distribution stays within the area between its wheels, preventing any overthrow onto the ornamental beds.

Under-fertilizing and over-fertilizing are reduced because of this spreader's random distribution pattern. The universal hitch efficiently fits all ATVs, UTVs and tractors. Its hopper capacity is 175 pounds (equal to 20 gallons (dry)), and hopper comes with a durable vinyl cover. It has an enclosed gear box which keeps gears free of debris. The spreader grate improves performance and material flow. The tow-behind spreader seamlessly lays down fertilizer, sand, grit, salt, etc.

If there are any difficulties in calibrating settings, the Agri-Fab website can help. There's a drop-down menu where you can choose the 175 pound tow rotary spreader. Midway down the page (below the picture) choose assembly and videos. These 7 videos demonstrate exactly how to calibrate settings so that your choices will be consistent each time. The videos also demonstrate assembly, plus how to make sure the hatch door closes perfectly.

THANKS FOR READING

Approximately 92% of reviewers gave the Agri-Fab 175-Pound Tow Broadcast Spreader 45-0329 four or five stars. It performed reliably, handled large loads, and was good for spreading fertilizer, salt, sand, seeds, and more. It also excels at weed control and over-seeding. Buyers appreciated the unit's size, the screen, the pneumatic tires, and the handling of this product. It was difficult to find negative comments about the performance of this machine. There was, however, a great deal of dissatisfaction about the packaging and quality control. Quite a few people had a great number of missing parts, which fortunately were rapidly resent by the company.

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Mark Kelly

Hi, I'm Mark the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

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