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Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader Review

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The Scotts Company, founded in 1868, is currently the leading marketer and producer of grass seed and fertilizers in the US, and holds more than 10% of the lawn care market. They are famous for high quality, broadcast spreaders which are commonly used for seed, fertilizer, lime, ice melt, sand spreading, and are a popular alternative to drop seeders and spreaders. Without a spreader, users may experience uneven coverage of fertilizer and seed, with an end result of unbalanced insect, weed, and disease control, as well as spotty feeding.

The Scotts 76232 Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader, featuring exclusive EdgeGuard technology, is one of the most popular, inexpensive broadcast spreaders in the market today. This product's control panel provides improved accuracy coverage by using the precision rate settings on its control panel. The fertilizer funnels down and out of spreader and doesn't clog up. This spreader is easy to store and extremely easy to use.

PROS

  • Minimal assembly required - just tighten up the wing nuts and unfold the handle
  • Easy adjustable exit volume
  • Edge guards works flawlessly and may be disengaged or engaged without stopping spreading
  • Fertilizer spreader works well even when grass is wet

CONS

  • Foam handle cover is not durable and it's too short for anyone over 6 feet tall
  • The hopper bottom shape is flat and isn't steep enough for feeding the last fertilizer into the chute
  • Fertilizer cakes up in dispenser when it is humid
  • EdgeGuard feature didn't work well

KEY FEATURES

  • Easy to read flow measure dial and simple icons on control panel
  • Instructions plainly printed on spreader side
  • Comfort grips for easy holding of cushioned U-shaped handle
  • Side guards effectively prevent contents spilling out onto planting beds or sidewalk
  • Lightweight but sturdy and easy to transport and maneuver
  • Has an improved hopper design plus a more aggressive agitator which enhances product flow
  • Applies product only in the area where customer wants it

PRODUCT REVIEW

The Scotts 76232 Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader is specially made for the application of both fertilizer and grass seed in Spring, Summer, or Autumn. The spacious hopper can hold approximately 15,000 square feet of Scotts Lawn Care Products. No assembly is required for this unit and it comes pre-calibrated. It features unique Scotts EdgeGuard technology, which will block right side spreader pattern when engaged to hold back product from unwanted spread onto non-lawn areas. This spreader operates very smoothly and doesn't leave messes or inconsistent distribution behind.

Broadcast spreaders are equipped to throw products over a 180 degree swath of lawn, a much wider coverage pattern than drop spreaders. Walk behind broadcast spreaders are optimal for any area exceeding 5,000 square feet. This product measures 22 x 22 x 19 inches, weighs in at 10.9 pounds, and is made in the USA. It has 9 inch diameter and 1 11/16 inch wide hollow PVC wheels. Its tubular frame is made of plastic. This product offers less clean-up, less waste, and is the environmentally friendly choice for fertilizer spreading. EdgeGuard technology keeps fertilizer off driveways, sidewalks, landscaping, and waterway areas.

This broadcast spreader works best with Scott products, but it works with most materials, including grass seed, insect seed, fire ant pellets, sand, and salt. Maximum granule size for alfalfa, pelletized lime, or fertilizer pellets is about 1/8 inch.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Deluxe Broadcast Spreader
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Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Deluxe Broadcast Spreader
  • Features Scotts exclusive EdgeGuard Technology
  • Control panel's precision rate settings deliver more accurate coverage
  • Designed to ensure superior results when used with Scotts lawn food
  • Holds up to 15,000 sq. ft. of Scotts lawn products

When the EdgeGuard is on, it casts fertilizer approximately 2 feet wide. With the EdgeGuard off it casts 3-4 feet wide. It is recommended that you completely wash this device following every use and give it time to try. Not washing the spreader leaves a potential open of cross contamination of products.

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Reviews for the Scotts 76232 Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader are mixed. About 50% of reviewers think this product is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Twenty percent are mostly satisfied with the product quality, but have found issue with the plastic quality (too lightweight), the flimsy wheels, and its propensity to jam. Fully 30% dislike this product and would not recommend buying one. Problems reviewers cited include cheap quality of the dial's plastic rotary knob, the lack of a lock-in-place handle, the fact that the spinner spins even when fertilizer is not being discharged, and the inability of the wheels to gain traction because of their flimsiness. On the plus side, Scotts Miracle-Gro provide a product guarantee, and they are very attentive to customer concerns and complaints.

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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
Marc Sayer - March 10, 2015

Add another con, they only offer settings for their products. Use any other brand of lawn care product, and this spreader is useless. They flat out will not tell you anything about distribution rates other than with their own products. There is no way to know what setting to use with any other brand products, unless that manufacturer will tell you. And they flatly will not help you, not even when you have a setting from another spreader of theirs. They know how this spreader compares to their other spreaders (I know this because I did manage to find a place where they do comment on this). SO if you know the setting for your product on one of the other Scotts spreaders, they can tell you what setting to use with this one. But they WONT. They say they can’t guarantee absolute perfection in rate, without testing each and every product in this spreader. Okay then test your competitor’s products for crying out loud, that should be your job, t make sure I have a spreader that is usable, and not just with your products. It strikes me as insane that they are using this excuse to try and force you to use only their products.

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    Matt Hagens - March 10, 2015

    Thanks for the input Marc.

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