2017 Drop Spreaders Buyers Guide

Drop spreaders are simple machines that serve their purpose extremely well when used correctly. They can be used to spread a variety of substances, including:

  • Grass Seed
  • Fertilizer
  • Seed and Feed Mixtures
  • Ice Melt
  • Sand

They work just as their name suggests. As they are pushed along, seeds are dropped straight down through holes in the bottom of the hopper. Unlike a broadcast spreader which spreads seeds over a wide distance, a drop spreader only covers areas it crosses. Broadcast spreaders can cover large areas in a short amount of time, but often throw seed into areas where it isn’t wanted. Using a drop spreader prevents seed from going anywhere but straight down.

Comparison Chart By Brand & Model

Ordered by highest rated and best selling model.

Image

Model

Capacity

Type

Rating

Agri-Fab 45-0288
(Editor's Choice)

175 lbs

Pull

5 out of 5

50 lbs

Push

4.5 out of 5

Spyker P70-12010

120 lbs

Push

5 out of 5

Lesco 092474

120 lbs

Push

5 out of 5

Precision Products DS1000KDGY

50 lbs

Push

4 out of 5

What to Look for in a Drop Spreader

Drop spreaders are extremely simple. They have few working parts and are capable of performing one simple task, dropping seed, fertilizer, or any other granular substance. The most important thing to look for when purchasing is sturdy construction. The plastic hopper used to hold the seed should be solidly built with holes large enough to let sand, seed or fertilizer flow easily through.

The axle and wheels should be durable as well. Most drop spreaders come with wheels that are 10 to 12 inches. This gives ample room for the seed to drop to the ground as the spreader passes over.It also keeps the hopper high enough off of the ground so that objects it passes over cannot block the holes and obstruct the flow of seed. Most spreaders have solid wheels that are made of extremely durable plastic and are capable of moving over various types of terrain.

The handle on a drop spreader should be high enough for a person to easily push it in front of them. or pull it from behind. The majority of spreaders have adjustable settings so the handles can be raised or lowered as needed, depending on the height of the individual using it. In some cases, cushions are placed on the handle to improve grip and relieve stress on the hands if there is large amounts of distance to be covered.

Popular Drop Spreader Brands

Agri-fab Drop Spreaders

Agri-fab’s hopper capacity is approximately 17 gallons which will provide coverage over 10,000 square feet. The hopper itself is made of durable plastic polymer and will last several years if taken care of properly. The Agri-fab drop spreader has a width of 42 inches and spreads evenly along the entire drop zone. It includes a galvanized steel agitator that prevents clumping and allows for even and uniform coverage. Wide, pneumatic tires allows the carriage to roll smoothly over existing grass without creating deep tracks or imprints.

Scotts Drop Spreaders

Scotts’ line of drop spreaders are well built and easy to use. Their durable construction allows for easy maneuvering and stability. They come with a trigger handle that is designed to control the flow of the seed. If the trigger is released the holes are covered so that seed will be prevented from pooling under the spreader if it sits in one place. The hopper on most Scotts’ spreaders is 22 inches wide which allows for maximum coverage. The Turf Builder Classic holds enough Scott’s lawn care product to cover 10,000 square foot of lawn. The spreaders come fully assembled and ready to use.

Precision Products Drop Spreaders

Precision Products drop spreaders are well built and large enough to hold 50 pounds of product. It offers a 10 to 2 inch spread pattern. The heavy plastic hopper and steel tube frame provide strength and durability that ensures a long life with proper care. Seed flow is controlled by a fingertip cable mechanism that allows for constant and uniform delivery. Spreads seed or fertilizer quickly and easily with little mess and less waste.

Earthway Drop Spreaders

Earthway Drop spreaders are designed for many years of use. A steel tube frame and heavy duty plastic polymer hopper are designed to provide years of use and reliable distribution of whatever product is being delivered. Solid plastic wheels provide smooth transportation and a uniform spread of both seed and fertilizer. A fingertip controlled cable system is in place to ensure the flow of the product is easily maintained at the desired speed. The handle is adjustable to accommodate almost any individual’s height and stature. Drop spreaders are similar to one another in many ways. Most are easily adjusted to a person’s height and the flow of product can be adjusted through control cables or trigger mechanisms. The basic concept of the product is to drop seed in a controlled fashion and eliminate needless waste. When it comes to choosing a spreader, many rely on name brands they have used in the past. Most spreaders carry ratings that will also help a person to choose which one may work best for them.

Best Sellers on Amazon

SaleBestseller No. 1
Scotts Turf Builder Classic Drop Spreader, (Up to 10,000-sq ft)
159 Reviews
Scotts Turf Builder Classic Drop Spreader, (Up to 10,000-sq ft)
  • Large capacity hopper holds more than 10,000 square feet of Scotts lawn products
  • Heavy-duty frame for optimum stability
  • 22-inch spread pattern for maximum coverage and accruacy.
  • Fully assembled and ready to use.
SaleBestseller No. 2
Agri-Fab 45-0288 175-Pound Max Tow Behind Drop Spreader, Black
144 Reviews
Agri-Fab 45-0288 175-Pound Max Tow Behind Drop Spreader, Black
  • Hopper capacity is 17-gallons (dry)/175-pounds
  • 40,000-square feet coverage; roughly 1 acre
  • Rustproof poly hopper increases product life
  • 42-inch controlled spread width
Bestseller No. 3
Gardena 430 Classic 17-Inch 2.2 Gallon Drop Spreader 300
4 Reviews
Gardena 430 Classic 17-Inch 2.2 Gallon Drop Spreader 300
  • Freewheeling function of the wheels: spreads only when pushed, no application when pulled backwards.
  • Use to apply fertilizer, seeds, lime, winter grit, salt, sand and chippings.
  • International dosage table: simply adopt the setting for standard fertilizer from the table to...
  • With tractor profile wheels: for optimum grip on a wide range of surfaces whatever the application.
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