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Earthway 2170 Commercial 100-Pound Broadcast Push Spreader Review

Earthway 2170 Spreader

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Earthway Products started out as a family-owned company in North Central Indiana in 1965. They are known for their high quality garden and lawn products used around the world by professionals and home owners alike. The Earthway 2170 Commercial 100-Pound Broadcast Push Spreader is one of a number of spreaders that Earthway produces. All of their products meet every industry standard and are manufactured in the US.

The Earthway 2170 is a walk-behind spreader that is useful the year round. Its spread width is 12 to 14 feet, it has a steel frame, and its hopper is constructed of polyethylene. This spreader has a "Diamond" heavy-duty chassis, high speed gearbox, a stainless steel axle, and 13 inch pneumatic wheels (the wheel width is 4 inches). It also has an ergonomic handle, a corrosion resistant shutoff, and a calibrated flow-rate control-plate.

This push spreader is recommended for either a commercial user or for a homeowner with a large lawn. All types of material can be spread using their patented three-hole drop system "EV-N-SPRED".


  • Holds three 50 pound bags of fertilizer at a pop and it's big tires pass through grass like a champion
  • Gate opener / closer is quality made
  • Really like the padded handles
  • Very nice large pneumatic tires


  • Adjustment bar nuts come loose 
  • Broadcasts lighter on one side and heavier on the other
  • Material control lever doesn't have a pull-back spring for closing the material release plate
  • The charts that the factory provided to set proper material flow are off


  • 100 pound capacity
  • Adjustable T-Bar handle and flow control rod
  • Large pneumatic stud tires that are especially designed to keep the push spreader from tipping when on rugged or hilly terrain
  • Drop type 3 hole construction and extremely durable metal frameâ–ºHopper debris screen and simple to adjust handle
  • For use with fertilizer, grass seed, salt, and ice melt


The Earthway 2170 Commercial 100-Pound Broadcast Push Spreader is a 3,350 cubic inch high volume capacity hopper, which will hold approximately 100 pounds of fertilizer, pelletized lime, seed, pellet snow melt, etc. The sturdy heavy duty frame boasts a load bearing capacity of 175 pounds. It will fit a 15,000 square feet container of crabgrass preventer at one time! It features a powder coated frame plus height-adjustable handle with cushion grips, and three positions for many hours of satisfying use. A rate control setting is situated high up on the handle to facilitate precise adjustments. The screen does an excellent job of filtering out any big chunks.

The Earthway Commercial broadcast push spreader has large 13 x 15 inch 13 studded pneumatic tires with rustproof poly rims. These large tires make spreading a lot easier than having to spread with competitor's smaller plastic wheels. It has an outstanding plastic heavy duty gearbox which will provide many trouble-free years of usage. This spreader has solid direct-connect linkage providing positive flow control, low maintenance, and accurate calibration. Its extended hitch will fit almost all newer lawn tractors. This product comes with a manufacturer's five year limited warranty. Some assembly is required.

To keep this broadcast push spreader in good shape, rinse it regularly after use, put on some anti-rust spray, and spray some lithium grease on the bushings at the end of each season.

What makes the Earthway 2170 Commercial 100-Pound Broadcast Push Spreader a good investment is that it is a good sturdy size and is easy to use. This is a good four season machine that has satisfied many customers with its performance. Overall, the opinion of many reviewers is mixed. Only about 50% of reviewers rated this product in the excellent category. Twenty percent had mixed feelings about this product, and fully 30% had serious issues with this machine and would not recommend its purchase. Most of the complaints centered on its abysmal assembly instructions, the inability of the tires to stay aired, and what they consider a too expensive price tag.


Although the reviews are mixed on the Earthway 2170 Commercial 100-Pound Broadcast Push Spreader Review, it is still praised highly by about half of all people who purchased them and wrote reviews. Although the company offers a solid money back guarantee for all their products, it appears that many dissatisfied customers either did not know about this, or did not want to take the time to talk to a customer service representative. This is surprising, since this particular model is on the expensive side. We've noticed that their web pages are very unfriendly, and it can be almost impossible to find any amount of quality content or other information.

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Matt Hagens

Hi, I'm Matt 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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