Pull & Tow Behind Spreader 2017 Buyers Guide

Pull behind spreaders are ideal for spreading grass seed, fertilizer or combinations of both on large areas of lawns, meadows or sports fields. They are designed to broadcast seed over a large area in a relatively short amount of time. Most are designed to attach easily to lawn and garden tractors or ATV’s.

What to Look for in a Pull Behind Spreader

There are several things to look for if a homeowner is planning on investing a pull behind spreader to help maintain their lawn. One of the most important is durable construction. The frame of the cart should be sturdy and able to bear the weight of the spreader without bowing or buckling. The mechanism should work smoothly and allow seed to flow freely through the system. The hopper should be made of durable plastic or resin material that can stand up to the weight of the seed it is designed to hold.

It should hook up to a lawn and garden tractor or ATV easily and provide little resistance when being pulled across the yard. Tires should be wide enough to support the weight of the seed without leaving deep tracks in the ground or existing ground cover.

Comparison Chart By Brand & Model

ModelOur ReviewBrandTypeCapacityRating
Agri-Fab 45-0463 SmartSPREADER 130-Pound Max Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader, Black

Click HereAgri-FabTow Behind130 lbs
5


Brinly BS36BH Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader, 175-Pound

Click HereBrinlyTow Behind175 lbs
5


Agri-Fab 45-0288 175-Pound Max Tow Behind Drop Spreader, Black

Click HereAgri-FabTow Behind175 lbs
4


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

Click HereAgri-FabTow Behind175 lbs
4


Precision Products TBS6000RDOS 6-Series 130-Pound Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader with Rain Cover

Click HerePrecision ProductsTow Behind130 lbs
4


Brinly AS-40BH Tow Behind Combination Aerator Spreader, 40-Inch

Coming Soon!BrinlyTow Behind120 lbs
4


Earthway 12-Volt 100-Pound ATV-Mountable Broadcast Spreader M30

Coming Soon!EarthwayTow Behind100 lbs
4


Spyker Pro Series Tow-Behind Spreader - 175lb. Capacity, Model# P30-17520

Coming Soon!SpykerTow Behind175 lbs
4


Precision Products TDSA42PT 42-Inch Spike Aerator / Drop Spreader Combo with Pneumatics & Weight Tray

Coming Soon!Precision ProductsTow Behind175 lbs
4


Earthway 2050TP Estate 80-Pound Semi-Assembled Broadcast Tow Spreader

Coming Soon!EarthwayTow Behind80 lbs
4


Spyker Pro Series Tow-Behind Spreader - 175lb. Capacity, Model# S30-17520

Coming Soon!SpykerTow Behind175 lbs
3


Agri-Fab 45-0215 100-Pound Max Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader, Black

Coming Soon!Agri-FabTow Behind100 lbs
3


Husqvarna 966674301 130-Pound Capacity Tow Behind Spreader

Coming Soon!HusqvarnaTow Behind130 lbs
3


Precision Products TBS7000RDOS 7 Series 200-Pound Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader with Rain Cover

Coming Soon!Precision ProductsTow Behind200 lbs
3


Precision Products 75-Pound Capacity Tow-Behind Step Up Broadcast Spreader TBS4300RDGY

Coming Soon!Precision ProductsTow Behind75 lbs
3


Chapin 80050 EZ Tow Broadcast Spreader, 80-Pound

Coming Soon!ChapinTow Behind80 lbs
2


Precision Products 75-Pound Capacity Tow-Behind Semi-Commercial Broadcast Spreader TBS4000PRCGY

Coming Soon!Precision ProductsTow Behind75 lbs
2


Precision Products 100-Pound Capacity Tow-Behind Semi-Commercial Broadcast Spreader TBS4500PRCGY

Coming Soon!Precision ProductsTow Behind100 lbs
2


Agri-Fab 45-0315 85-Pound Tow Broadcast Spreader

Coming Soon!Agri-FabTow Behind85 lbs
2


Husqvarna 585606802 85-Pound Capacity Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader

Coming Soon!HusqvarnaTow Behind85 lbs
2


Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader 200 lb

Coming Soon!Precision ProductsTow Behind200 lbs
1


Tow Behind Spreader Features

For a pull behind spreader, an important feature is the hand mechanism used to release the seed through the system. It should be easily within reach and comfortable to grip. Due to its capacity and size, the broadcast range should reach anywhere from 10 to 15 feet depending on the size of the gear and accompanying mechanisms.

Several pull behind spreaders come equipped with a lid that will fit loosely over the hopper. This prevents debris from falling in and obstructing the flow of seed or fertilizer during broadcasting. When looking for a tow behind spreader, always look closely at the broadcasting mechanism. Plastic mechanisms will not rust or bend easily and can be trusted to provide years of lasting service.

Top Tow Behind Spreader Brands

Agri-fab Spreaders

Agri-fab pull behind spreaders come in several sizes. Smaller versions can carry up to 75 pounds of seed while larger models can carry almost 175 pounds. With a full load of seed and spread width set to 12 feet, a pull behind spreader can cover an area of almost 40,000 square feet. The width of the broadcast area and the amount of seed the spreader is capable of carrying will determine the number of passes it will take to completely cover an area. Attaches to tractors and ATV’s with a simple pull pin and mounts easily for fast and efficient transport.


Spyker Spreaders

Spyker tow behind spreaders have a 175 pound see capacity. They come equipped with durable hoppers made of thick plastic that are firmly attached to a well constructed metal, pull behind frame. The spreader attaches easily to any lawn and garden tractor or ATV that has a pull pin mount. Works extremely well for broadcasting both seed and fertilizer and will cover large areas in a short period of time. Spyker spreaders range in price from $280 to just over $500. Spyker pull behind spreaders come with a 1 – year guarantee.


Earthway Spreaders

Earthway offers two types of spreaders. The first is a manually operated version that fits most ATV’s and lawn tractors. The other operates with the use of a small, sealed 12 volt motor and works well attached to an ATV or larger version of garden tractor. All Earthway spreaders are equipped with durable, lightweight hoppers that can hold anywhere from 100 to 175 pounds of seed depending on their size. The carriage is made of metal and designed to adequately support the weight of the product during the broadcasting process. The gear mechanism has been designed for maximum flow control and the reduced risk of clumping that can cause obstructions to occur.


Precision Products Spreaders

Precision broadcast spreaders include a durable plastic hopper, 10 inch pneumatic wheels, a vinyl cover, adjustable spreader control and metal broadcasting mechanism with outside access for greasing and easy maintenance. It attaches easily to most riding lawn mowers and ATV’s that are set up for pull pin attachments. The convenient vinyl cover prevents debris from falling into the hopper or moisture from collecting and causing the seed or fertilizer to clump up and obstruct the flow. Precision spreaders can be found at Wal-mart as well as Amazon.com.


Husqvarna Spreaders

Husqvarna tow behind spreaders come in a variety of sizes. Smaller models can carry up to 85 pounds of seed, while larger models can carry a maximum of 130 pounds. Husqvarna models offers 10 to 12 inch broadcast width and have a convenient slide mechanism that helps the operator to accommodate the settings as they go. The spreader rests on a metal framed cart with 14 inch, turf tread, pneumatic tires. Tires are approximately 4 inches wide and are designed to leave behind minimal tracking during broadcasting. Attaches to tractors and ATV’s with a simple hitch pin assembly.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Agri-Fab 45-0463 130-Pound Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader
364 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"
Bestseller No. 2
Agri-Fab 45-0315 85-Pound Tow Broadcast Spreader
223 Reviews
Agri-Fab 45-0315 85-Pound Tow Broadcast Spreader
  • heavy-duty pneumatic tires
  • Cover 1/4 acre
  • Holds 85 pounds
  • Tow broadcast spreader efficiently cultivates your lawn with wide distribution of fertilizer
SaleBestseller No. 3
Brinly BS36BH Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader, 175-Pound
109 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...
SaleBestseller No. 4
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
SaleBestseller No. 5
Agri-Fab 45-0288 175-Pound Max Tow Behind Drop Spreader, Black
127 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
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!

2 comments
Ray - January 20, 2015

Looking to spread mixed Bermuda seed at 15lbs per acre. Can any of these machines be turned down in density or do I have to mix in a filler? Thanks for your help.

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Susan Kraft - April 7, 2015

I just moved my family into a new home and the upgrade in homes also brought a rather large upgrade in yard space! Considering that we will now have reseed our entire back yard – which is significantly larger than our old yard – my husband and I are glad to have found this post to help us choose the pull behind spreader that we’ll end up having to pick up. Our push spreader will just not get the job done with this new yard. I think we’ve just about settled on the Husqvarna 85lb capacity spreader. It will be a perfect fit for us.

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