2018 Pull & Tow Behind Spreader Ratings & Reviews

Having a home with a lovely lawn is an achievement many dream of and plan for in their life goals, but it isn’t until they actually have a yard that they realize it takes a little more tender loving care than they were originally anticipating. Luckily, lawn care can be more than a necessity; it can be a relaxing escape from the more cerebral events throughout the week. If you’re looking to both cultivate your yard and enjoy some relaxing time in the great outdoors while you do, then a pull or tow broadcast spreader is a definite must to add to your treasure chest of lawn tools.

We’ve assembled and reviewed the top pull and tow behind lawn spreaders available so you can spend less time deliberating and more time tending to your dream-lawn:)  From a quarter acre to full acres, these spreaders will make fertilizing (and other spreading needs) too effortless to keep calling it yard work. Take a look at these great options for the one that’s right for you.

Top Pull and Tow Behind Fertilizer Spreaders

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Agri-Fab 45-0463 130-Pound Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader
458 Reviews
Agri-Fab 45-0463 130-Pound Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader
  • 130 pound hopper capacity saves time refilling on larger acreage lawns"
  • Durable rod linked on-off control with precise settings"
  • Enclosed gear box with tapered gears for even spreading and long life"
  • Large diameter tires with wide wheelbase for stability on rougher terrain"
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Brinly BS36BH Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader, 175-Pound
146 Reviews
Brinly BS36BH Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader, 175-Pound
  • Extra-large 175 pound capacity poly hopper covers yards 1 acre or larger
  • Directional Spread Pattern Control guarantees even spread patterns and the widest spread widths of...
  • Fully enclosed gearbox and stainless steel hardware, shaft and agitator eliminates down time and...
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Agri-Fab Broadcast Spreader Tow
121 Reviews
Agri-Fab Broadcast Spreader Tow
  • Redesigned control cable assembly for improved coverage
  • New welded frame less assembly time
  • Rustproof poly hopper and spreader plate increase product life
  • Up to 10 ft. Spread width for reliable coverage

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Model

Capactity

Our Rating

Agri-Fab 45-0463

130 lbs

5 out of 5

Brinly BS36BH

175 lbs

4.5 out of 5

Agri-Fab 45-0530

85 lbs

4.5 out of 5

Earthway 2050TP

80 lbs

4.5 out of 5

Precision Products TBS6000RDOS

130 lbs

3.5 out of 5

Tow Behind Spreaders Average Rating: 4.4 Based on 5 Reviews

Tow & Pull Behind Spreader Reviews

Pros

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    Professional & consistent spread in all directions
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    Sturdy and very well made
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    Wide wheelbase to prevent tipping on hills
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    Replacement parts available for order

Cons

  • minus
    Tube tires can go flat
  • minus
    Quite a bit of assembly required, but simple

The Agri-Fab 45-0463 Tow Spreader can cover half an acre before you have to refill with its 130-pound capacity hopper and is quick and easy to assemble. Great for fertilizer or grass feed, you can easily adjust depending on the size of the granules. The enclosed gear-box ensures longevity for the most crucial components, and both a cover and hopper grate are available for this model. Large pneumatic tires allow for easy mobility throughout the yard as well as with traditional and zero turn lawn mowers. Additionally, Agri-Fab offers a 3-year limited warranty for this spreader.


Pros

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    Spacious hopper for fewer refills
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    Consistent spread
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    Easy to understand assembly instructions

Cons

  • minus
    Can be top-heavy when full and on hills
  • minus
    Hard to reach controls lever from zero-turn mowers

An excellent choice for evenly distributing everything from fertilizer and seed to ice melt and salt, the Brinly’s easy to access calibration controls brings accuracy with every spread. The enclosed gearbox protects the stainless steel hardware inside from the corrosion of weather or any materials being spread. On a light application, this spreader can do up to one full acre before refill, and Brinly offers a two-year limited warranty for residential use when the product is registered online or by mail.


Pros

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    Plastic, rust-resistant parts
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    Good customer service
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    Quick and easy assembly
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    Low price

Cons

  • minus
    Material being spread may reach back of tractor/mower
  • minus
    Some spread may bounce out of hopper if completely full and on uneven terrain

If you have a smaller yard, the Agri-Fab Broadcast Tow Spreader might just be the right option for you. Usually one of the most economical options, it will still cover about a quarter acre before you need to refill the hopper. Regardless of its great price you still get a 3 Year limited warranty to ease your mind when purchasing. The welded frame makes assembly much quicker and easier than earlier models, and the pneumatic tires keep things level and steady as you go. Adjustments are easy with an on/off control that can be accessed from the driver seat of your lawn mower or tractor, and the universal hitch makes it quick to attach.


Pros

  • plus
    Very easy to assemble
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    High quality pneumatic tires
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    Even spread

Cons

  • minus
    Unstable on hills
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    Best for properties of 1 acre or less

Earthway has pioneered the "Ev-N-Spread" system in their broadcast spreaders to make sure the job is done with precision and accuracy. Their 80-pound semi-assembled tow spreader has large pneumatic wheels that allow you to continue spreading even over surfaces that are not completely level, with deep treads that prevent slippage on slick terrain. The hopper can hold up to 80 pounds of seed, fertilizer, ice-melt, etc., and it’s enclosed gear-box ensures durability and a longer lifespan. This broadcast spreader offers a 5 Year limited warranty and can be used with full-sized garden tractors. Regulate the release rate of your spread with the sturdy handlebar controls and enjoy the results of a well cared for lawn.


Pros

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    Suitable for commercial use
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    Rain cover included
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    Wide wheel base to prevent tipping
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    Sturdy controls
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    Quick assembly

Cons

  • minus
    Levers unreachable from some tractors
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    Works best with granular spreads
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    Limited warranty time-frame

With a hopper capacity of 130 pounds, the Precision TBS6000RDOS 6-Series is durable enough for commercial use and versatile enough to attach to tractors, ATV’s and other similar vehicles. Adjusting between a 10 foot or 12-foot spread is easy from the seat of your vehicle, and the 15-inch turf tires are designed to maneuver even less than ideal terrains. The Precision TBS6000RDOS 6-Series has a powder-coated steel tube frame and is equipped for all climates with rust-resistant hardware. It also comes equipped with a rain cover included to protect the hopper contents in wet weather and prevents contents from bouncing out. This spreader comes with a 90-day limited warranty from the manufacturer.

HOW WE RATED THE SPREADERS

RELIABILITY (WARRANTY)

We’ve given these tow spreaders great reviews partially because they all have warranties to back them up. However, it’s always important to dig into the details of each manufacturer's warranty to make sure you know exactly what they will cover if something happens to break or malfunction. The Earthway 2050TP has the longest warranty of 5 years, yet all of these spreaders have limited warranties, which means they won’t cover everything. Most limited warranties only cover actual malfunctions due to something amiss in the manufacturing, not if something breaks after excessive use. However this can vary depending on the manufacturer, so visiting a company’s site and getting all the fine print is always beneficial before the final purchase.

QUALITY OF SPREAD

Another category we value is the quality of the spread from each spreader. These particular tow behind spreaders use the broadcast spreading mechanism which ensures an even and accurate spread throughout your lawn or garden.

EASE OF USE

If you’re ordering your spreader online, chances are there will be some assembly required. We know how discouraging it can be to spend hours of work to build something before you can even get to the real work, so we added this category to our rating system. The Agri-Fab spreaders have a quick assembly that will take only about 20 minutes, and the Brinly even has an easy to follow, step-by-step assembly video. Customers have also attested that the Earthway also has an easy assembly, and the Precision spreader should be ready to go in under 30 minutes. After all, is assembled, simply refer to the packaging of whatever seed or fertilizer you are using and adjust the settings on your spreader accordingly for the perfect spread. All of these spreaders make it easy to adjust the hopper based on the size of its contents, and the range of the spread you desire for your yard.

WHY BUY A TOW BEHIND SPREADER

While there are many different types of spreaders - such as the shoulder spreader, the drop spreader, or the push spreader - the tow behind spreader is really the best option for those with a large area to cover, or who simply want an easier afternoon. The shoulder spreader is small and easy to store but requires that you walk around and spread the fertilizer or seed on foot. While the push spreaders will take the weight off your shoulders, pushing a heavy hopper of fertilizer around your yard for hours still takes its toll. A tow behind spreader is truly the best way to enjoy your yard work while you ride leisurely atop your tractor or ATV and let the spreader do all the actual work for you.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PULL BEHIND SPREADER

When looking for a pull behind spreader, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure you get the perfect model for your needs. First, you want to look for one made of good durable materials that will be resistant to weather and corrosion. Having an enclosed gear-box is a good sign your spreader will be less likely to get damaged or worn down. You’ll also want to make sure the hitch is compatible with whatever type of tractor or mower you intend to pull the spreader with, and that you can reach the spread controls easily.

TYPES OF SPREADERS

BROADCAST

Broadcast spreaders use a spinning fan mechanism to shoot the contents from the hopper out in a circular spray as the spreader moves along. This broadcast of seed, fertilizer, ice-melt, etc., allows for a more even distribution than a drop release method, which can allow portions of the yard to get missed, or for the spread to be distributed in hard to maintain rows. Broadcast spreaders also save time and energy by covering a much larger area more quickly than drop spreaders can. They provide wide and even spread distribution which also eliminates over fertilizing or under fertilizing portions of your yard or garden.

DROP

Drop spreaders have their benefits as well, however. This type of spreader is ideal in situations when you need more precision to your distribution. While broadcast spreaders send a wider spray, they can also end up causing you to waste your fertilizer or seed in certain areas you don’t need it in. For instance, if you are getting close to flower beds, gardens or ponds and don’t want any of your grass seed to reach these areas, a drop spreader will allow you to have more precision in where your seed will fall.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHEAP AND EXPENSIVE MODELS

The biggest difference you’ll find in the cheap and expensive models of broadcast spreaders is the size of the hoppers and the durability of the hopper and frame. Cheaper models will be more suited to residential yard work, while the more expensive models will be suitable for commercial jobs requiring more frequent use and constant wear.

BEST SELLING & TOP RATED BRANDS

  • Argi-Fab
  • Brinly
  • Earthway
  • Precision Products
  • Spyker
  • Buyers
  • Field Tuff
  • Gandy
  • Streamline Industries

HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY?

For an effective tow behind broadcast spreader, you can expect to pay anywhere from $70-$200 depending on your specific needs and acreage.

CONCLUSION

While metal components may seem to be more durable than plastic to the naked eye, this can actually be deceiving when it comes to spreaders. Metal can rust and corrode much easier than the new sturdy plastics now used in lawn care tools, which tend to outlast their metal counterparts. Especially in wet or humid climates, finding a spreader with a plastic spreading mechanism is optimal.

Many spreaders are widely versatile, allowing you to adjust your settings to fertilizers and seed of various sizes. Take note of the size settings suggested on the packaging of all of the materials you wish to spread to make sure you adjust your spreader controls accordingly.

With the proper usage, care and storage, your tow behind broadcast spreader will serve you well for many years to come.

About the author

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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