Earthway 2050P Estate 80-Pound Walk-Behind Broadcast Spreader Review
Landscapers and lawn owners employ a variety of tools for both planting and reseeding grass seed. If you're seeding a small area, your best option would be a handheld spreader. Larger areas require a drop style or broadcast spreader in order to cover great expanses of lawn with a minimum of passes. A quality broadcast spreader will have most or all of the following options: It should be constructed to take a beating (think steel or thick plastic), it should have an adjustable spreader setting with clear, easy to read printed numbers, and its spreading mechanism should be clog proof as well as rust proof.
The Earthway 2050P Estate 80-Pound Walk-Behind Spreader features large sturdy tires that make for easy use, regardless of the terrain. The tires, which measure 10 inches in diameter, have deep treads and high flotation, which means that they have been designated as Light Truck tires, and can tackle even the roughest, most uneven lawns with ease. The spreader itself is constructed of a strong tubular steel frame, and its plastic hopper has a capacity of holding 80 pounds. In addition, this spreader has a 3-hole patented Ev-N-Spred drop system which guarantees an even spread. The gear box is commercial quality, and has enclosed gears, as well as a controller that is handle-mounted for an easily adjustable variable rate of distribution. It also has the capacity to spread fertilizer, lime, salt, etc.
Continue reading to find out the pros and cons of the Earthway 2050P Estate 80-Pound Walk-Behind Broadcast Spreader.
- Very easy assembly - Just raise the handle and lock in place
- Well balanced, and is effortless to push
- Easily calibrated precision settings
- Hopper efficiently empties, and little to no unused product is left behind
- Lightweight and compact
- Ideal for homeowners that utilize granular products for fertilization, pest control, etc.
- Good for granular or pelletized products
- Works well with de-icing products
- Handle height is too short for taller users
- No edge guard to stop materials being thrown away from flower beds, patios, and sidewalks, or even onto the operator
- Cheaply built impeller, which tends to warp easily
- Rest bar frequently catches on the grass unless handle is situated at an unnatural angle
- Does not have a screen that will keep lumps from clogging up the feed chute
- Lacks an on / off latch pull - A user must close the butterfly valve by pulling the handle back, then rapidly turning it on again and resetting it to the correct flow number before too much or too little product comes out
The Earthway 2050P Estate 80-Pound Walk-Behind Broadcast Spreader is a quality product that has recently been reduced in price. The spreader handle features customized adjustable settings which can be changed mid-job to facilitate the correct amount of fertilizer or seed leaving the trough.
This spreader's ability to maneuver through any type of terrain makes it a smart choice for anyone having hills, dips, or rocky spots in their yard. The pneumatic tires tackle rocky, uneven soil masterfully. The hopper handles large loads as well as smaller loads, and consistently throw its product forward, and not backwards onto the user's shoes.
The assembly of the product is simple, requiring only that users pull up on the handle and tighten a couple of thumbscrews. There's a five year warranty covering manufacturer's defects (not for wear and tear).
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Approximately 70% of reviewers found this spreader to operate efficiently and smoothly, and would purchase this model number again in the future. Twenty percent of users had some issue with either the performance or quality of the spreader. A small percentage of users referred to the fact that a competing brand, Scott's, provided edge-guards or back-guards for their spreader, preventing the user from getting fertilizer on their shoes and pants, which Earthway does not.
One reviewer noted that the gearbox that connects to the wheels consistently becomes knocked off center, causing the spreader to stop randomly mid yard and dump some fertilizer. Another reviewer wishes that the spreader's feeder control could be spring loaded, ensuring that it would stop automatically when your hand was removed. Reviewers also mentioned that the handle padding split apart after a few uses and tape needed to be applied so no further tearing would occur.
Despite a percentage of minor complaints, the general consensus among reviewers and purchasers is that the Earthway 2050P Estate 80-Pound Walk-Behind Broadcast Spreader is a quality machine, easy to assemble and easy to operate, and well worth its inexpensive price.