Focus On: Fertilizer Spreaders

Spreaders are one of those essential elements for turf managers. Whether you need to fertilize an entire sports field or just spread seed on a residential property, there is a spreader to fit your need. Take a look at what manufacturers are offering.

Adams Turf Equipment has added an oil-filled right angle, totally enclosed gearbox to its 750-pound capacity Estate spreader, which virtually eliminates mechanical failure due to exposure to chemicals or the weather. The improved design provides a more uniform fertilizer pattern and makes possible more concentrated seeding. Other features include slide adjustment for hopper, large agitator, 304 stainless-steel construction, easy one-step adjustable rate setting, remote on/off engaging lever and UHMW door for easy operation.

EarthWay's 100-pound capacity M40 and 250-pound capacity M80 12-volt spreaders take the work out of spreading. Designed for professional use, each of these units feature EarthWay ESS control system. The system is the solenoid shut-off that opens and closes the shut-off electrically with the push of a button. Each model has easy connect mounting and wiring, easy-to-use controls and thermo-plastic sealed motor assemblies located in the hopper for protection.

The Garber Seeder Co. introduces the new 3-point-hitch spreader that will reduce the time and effort you spend applying lawn products. Spread seed or fertilizer into places such as square corners, dead-end spots and even salt on icy walks. Lawn care experts can choose from a range of sizes and options, the smallest carrying 180 pounds and the largest carrying 360 pounds or more. It's easily calibrated so that you can spread even very small amounts of seed or fertilizer.

Gregson-Clark introduces the Hy-Lander, an applicator that introduces new turf application technology. The Hy-lander uses a speed-sensitive fertilizer meeting system. It uses a mechanical system that meters the fertilizer to the impeller based on ground speed. Spread width is controlled by varying the speed of the hydraulically driven impellers.

The JRCO electric broadcast spreader fits commercial riding and walk-behind mowers. The 2.2-cubic-foot or 120-pound-capacity spreader incorporates an all stainless-steel frame, vibrating agitator and gate, polyethylene hopper and aluminum fan. An electronic speed control regulates the 12-volt electric motor for spread widths from 5 to 24 feet. Gate opening is controlled with a push/pull cable or foot control.

LESCO features a granular spreader that combines the accuracy of a drop spreader with the efficiency of a rotary. The product lets turf professionals trim next to drives, sidewalks or beds or in narrow areas using the drop function. It then provides the productivity of rotary applications for wider expanses. Key features include an 80-pound capacity injection-molded broadcast hopper, 24-inch injection molded-drop-spreader diffuser assembly, independent calibration and on/off assemblies, stainless-steel frame and hardware, enclosed 5-to-1 gear assembly and ergonomic design and balance for less operator fatigue.

The Broadcaster, a spreader of fertilizer, seed, granular chemicals, salt and sand, from Lely has persisted with only minor modifications for more than 30 years. Originally conceived as a farm implement, the spreader is now more likely to be found on golf courses, turf farms and in use in municipalities.

The MG10 granule spreader from Maruyama is designed for dry chemical, seed or ice-melt application. With a tapered tank for consistent feeding, a ribbed disk for consistent application and an 18-foot range, the product is suited for a variety of applications. It weighs 3.7 pounds.

PSB Co. offers Prizelawn spreaders. The spreaders are factory calibrated and stainless or epoxy painted. Ergonomically designed, the spreaders also provide heavy-duty gearing.

Spyker Spreaders offers spreaders that have frames welded out of 14- or 16-gauge 304 stainless steel. These spreaders have a patented detachable spinner, which allows for easy and accurate calibration of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. The walk-behind model 298 and the electric model 120 each hold 120 pounds. The electric model 220 and the tow-behind model 299 each hold 220 pounds.

With its welded steel frame, corrosion-beating epoxy coating and 13-inch tires, the new RS75 broadcast spreader from Shindaiwa offers durable construction that translates to long service life regardless of working conditions. Its controls, including spring-loaded on/off lever, on-hopper rate adjustment and optional side deflectors, assure accurate and constant dosages with no waste. Its wide-track stance, specially designed handles and big tires ease handling. 

Designed specifically for smaller tractors in the 16- to 28-hp range, Vandermolen Corp.'s Windmill model C510 spreader offers accessories to allow one-sided discharge, an agitator to break up lumps and for spreading powders and a swath regulator for reducing swath width. The hopper is formed from a single sheet of 2-mm thick steel, with no seams, reducing the possibility of rust and facilitating the cleaning operation. Features include category-I-type hitch, PTO driven, granular capacity of 400 pounds, 40-foot effective swath, all steel construction. It spreads fertilizer, herbicides, seeds, salt and sand.

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