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Best Lawn & Fertilizer Spreaders for 2017

Lawn spreaders come in a variety of shapes and sizes with different features. Each type of spreader works well for different types of jobs. Some are designed to cover large areas, while others work well for smaller sections. Spreaders can be used for almost any type of granular material including:

  • Grass Seed
  • Fertilizer
  • Ice Melt
  • Seed and Feed Mixture

Depending on the nature of the project, a homeowner will have to decide what type of lawn spreader will work best for their individual needs. Is this a one time project or will there be a need for the spreader in the future? If a person is going to invest in any type of spreader, it’s best to purchase one that will be able to be used again and again.

Broadcast Spreaders

Broadcast spreaders are designed to spray the seed out in several directions or “broadcast” it over a wide area. Most spreaders with this capability can spread seed, fertilizer or other granular substances approximately 5 to 8 feet in any direction. This equals to a semi-circular area of 10 to 16 feet in diameter. They are designed to be used when a large area needs to be covered in a relatively short period of time. The main drawback to using broadcast spreaders is that seed will often go where it isn’t wanted. There is little control in where the seed goes once it is sent out.

Lesco Broadcast Spreaders

Lesco broadcast spreaders are available in both push spreaders and pull behind models. Popular Lesco push spreaders have a 50 pound capacity hopper manufactured with plastic polymer and carriage made of steel tubing. Pull behind spreaders are capable of carrying 175 pounds of product that will cover approximately 1 acre of ground or roughly, 10,000 square feet. Lesco products come with a limited warranty and can be used for several purposes, including the distribution of ice melt and fertilizer.

Spyker Broadcast Spreaders

Spyker brand manufacturers both hand held and wheeled broadcast spreaders. They are designed to distribute seed (or other product) evenly and uniformly. Both hand held and pull behind models have components that are rust and corrosion proof that will last several years with proper care. They are designed for maximum flow control that prevents clumping.

Best Selling Broadcast Spreaders:

Bestseller No. 1
Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader
872 Reviews
Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader
  • Features Scotts exclusive EdgeGuard Technology
  • Designed to ensure superior results when used with Scotts lawn food
  • Holds up to 5,000 sq. ft. of Scotts lawn products
  • Calibrated and ready to use
SaleBestseller No. 2
Scotts Pro EdgeGuard Broadcast Spreader
208 Reviews
Scotts Pro EdgeGuard Broadcast Spreader
  • With Scotts Exclusive Edge Guard Technology
  • Control panel with precision rate settings for more accurate coverage
  • Premium pneumatic tires make pushing easier
  • Holds up to 18,000 square feet of Scotts lawns products
SaleBestseller No. 3
Agri-Fab Broadcast Spreader Tow
1 Reviews
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

Hand Held Spreaders

Hand held spreaders are designed to be carried by hand and are ideal for spreading grass seed over small areas. They are easy to use and work well for areas of lawn that have been damaged due to flooding, accidents or excessive foot traffic. Hand held spreaders are convenient for getting into small areas where a drop or broadcast spreader cannot fit. Hand held spreaders have several variations that include ones that can be held easily in the hand or others that can be braced against the body and supported by shoulder straps for better control.

Scotts Hand Held Spreaders

Scotts brand has several hand held seeders ranging in price from $9.99 to $35.99. The higher the price, the more features that are included. All hoppers are made of durable plastic polymer and are capable of holding approximately 25 pounds of product. The inexpensive models are designed to be durable, but are not made as soundly as more costly versions. More expensive models come with a wide shoulder strap and ergonomically designed handle to prevent wrist fatigue.

Earthway Hand Held Spreaders

Earthway hand held spreaders are made of durable plastic polymers and are designed to be extremely efficient. They have rust proof gear mechanisms designed to prevent clumping and allow for a smooth flow of product. They also offer a lighter weight version that has a vinyl, zippered bag in place of the plastic hopper. Earthway has designed various seed plates to accommodate different sizes of seeds for ease in distribution.

Best Selling Hand Held Spreaders:

Bestseller No. 1
Scotts Wizz Hand-Held Spreader
292 Reviews
Scotts Wizz Hand-Held Spreader
  • Features Scotts exclusive Edge Guard and Handy Lock Technologies
  • Year-round spreader - Feed, Seed, Weed, Melt
  • Holds up to 2,500 sq. ft. of Scotts lawn care products
  • Battery-powered 5 ft. broadcast spreader
SaleBestseller No. 2
Scotts Easy Hand-Held Broadcast Spreader
686 Reviews
Scotts Easy Hand-Held Broadcast Spreader
  • Great for small yards
  • Rustproof
  • Fully assembled
  • Great for applying seed, ice melt or other granular products on small areas
SaleBestseller No. 3
Handheld Spreader, Salt and Seed Spreader, Also for Fertilizer, Deicing/Ice Melt By Stalwart (Multipurpose Tool for Lawn Garden and Yard) (Blue)
91 Reviews
Handheld Spreader, Salt and Seed Spreader, Also for Fertilizer, Deicing/Ice Melt By Stalwart (Multipurpose Tool for Lawn Garden and Yard) (Blue)
  • GREAT ALL YEAR- Made from durable plastic, this hand-held seeder and spreader is a great portable...
  • EASY TO USE- The twist off lid easily allows you to fill the salt and seed shaker with up with your...
  • ERGONOMIC HANDLE FOR COMFORT- The handle is designed to be spacious enough to accommodate larger...
  • PRODUCT DETAILS- Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.5 x 10.5 inches. Material: Plastic. Holds 2.3 liters (or 77.77...

Pull Behind Spreaders

Pull behind spreaders are built to be pulled behind almost any lawn and garden tractor or ATV. They have a wide spread diameter and cover a large distance in a relatively short period of time. Most have wide pneumatic wheels that allow for easy transportation without leaving deep imprints in existing ground cover.

Argi-Fab Pull Behind Spreaders

Agri-fab pull behind spreaders are one of the most popular brands on the market. They are designed to carry up to 175 pounds in a durable plastic polyethylene hopper. Most Agri-fab pulls behind spreadersare operated with a finger tip trigger mechanism that allows for maximum control during distribution. All components are rustproof and able to resist corrosion and weather damage. Agri-fab spreaders come in two types. Manual models are available as well as models that operate using a 12-volt motor. Both types are easy to use and extremely versatile.

​Precision Products Pull Behind Spreaders

Precision Products has several varieties of pull behind broadcast spreaders. Smaller than other conventional spreaders, those made by Precision Products hold less product and are best used for small to medium sized areas. They attach easily to most lawn and garden tractors and are operated with a convenient trigger release mechanism to control the flow of the product. Plastic polymer hoppers solidly built and gear box mechanisms are designed to prevent clumping and keep blockages to a minimum.

Best Selling Pull Behind Spreaders:

Sale
Agri-Fab 45-0463 130-Pound Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader
377 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"
Brinly BS36BH Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader, 175-Pound
112 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...
Sale
Agri-Fab 45-0288 175-Pound Max Tow Behind Drop Spreader, Black
128 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

Drop Spreaders

Drop spreaders do exactly what their name implies. They drop seed straight down as they are pushed across a lawn. Using this kind of spreaders allows for exact disbursement. Because the seed drops directly to the ground, there is little chance it will end up anywhere it isn’t supposed to be. Most drop spreaders come with a flow control mechanism that can be easily adjusted. Much like broadcast spreaders, a drop spreader can accommodate almost any type of substance or material as long as it is in granular form.

Scotts Drop Spreaders

Scotts drop spreaders are probably the most well known of the push powered drop spreaders. They have a solid reputation of being innovators in the field of lawn care and landscaping tools and techniques. Large plastic polymer hoppers hold enough product to cover 10,000 square feet of lawn. The hopper rests on a sturdy, steel tube frame designed to carry the spreader over any type of terrain. Durable pneumatic wheels are included that move smoothly over the ground without leaving deep imprints or tracks that can damage existing grass. Drop spreaders have a range of 22 inches and have adjustable flow controls that allow the operator to determine how much seed is released at one time.

​Lesco Drop Spreaders

Lesco drop spreaders are easily calibrated to provide uniform distribution of seed or other product. Both hopper and frame are made of steel and built to last for several years with proper care. Most Lesco drop spreaders are designed to carry 120 pounds of seed or fertilizer and have a three-bar, steel rotor to provide maximum agitation and prevent clumping. The distribution system is easily adjusted to provide for fixed rate delivery or variable speed delivery depending on the type of product being used. Lesco spreaders have a 36 inch drop width and can be easily taken apart and cleaned for storage.

Best Selling Drop Spreaders:

Sale
Scotts Turf Builder Classic Drop Spreader, (Up to 10,000-sq ft)
143 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.
Sale
Agri-Fab 45-0288 175-Pound Max Tow Behind Drop Spreader, Black
128 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
Lesco Drop Spreader (Was 031587)
1 Reviews
Lesco Drop Spreader (Was 031587)
  • Hopper Capacity: 120 lbs.
  • Tires: 13" (air filled)
  • Spreading Width: 36"
  • 2 stainless steel hopper bottoms are interchangeable
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