FOCUS ON: Spreaders

When determining whether or not to purchase a new spreader, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. What type of spreader will you be using on your jobs — drop spreaders or broadcast rotary spreaders? How large is the area you will be working with and will you use granular or liquid chemicals? And once you purchase a spreader, you must calibrate it for the correct application rate before you can even start your job. If you need more information, use the circle numbers provided at the end of each product description.


Dakota Peat & Equipment introduces the 414 Turf Tender to its topdresser product line. The 414 features a 4-yard hopper and is designed to spread any type of material needed for turf maintenance or construction. The 414 has an electrically controlled hydraulic system that allows the operator to control spinner speed and belt speed from the tractor seat for on-the-go spread pattern adjustments.
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EarthWay Products introduces the 2170Pro Ev-N-Spred Commercial Fertilizer spreader. The spreader is equipped with a rust-proof dual port adjustable shut-off system with repeatable variable port settings to ensure a balanced spread pattern regardless of material. The left and right flow can be independently adjusted up to eight settings to fine tune the pattern. A new heavy-duty diamond chassis has a 175-pound load-bearing capacity with a three-position height adjustable handle. The 100-pound-volume capacity, rust-proof poly hopper comes with a sifting screen.
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The Gandy 42 tow or push spreader is offered in either a positive shutoff version or a spreadplate shutoff model. This positive shutoff closes the slide on the adjustable stainless steel metering bottom to stop flow instantly. The spreadplate shutoff stops material flow when using fixed-rate slotted bottoms by bringing the spreadplate up against the bottom. With its several options, the 42-inch spreader applies granular chemicals over nursery rows. Hopper capacity is 3.5 cubic feet with a choice of wheel sizes for greater clearance.
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Featuring an all-steel frame, frontal splashplate and three available hopper sizes, Land Pride Broadcast Spreaders fit most landscape, nursery, sod farm and municipality uses. The 14-gauge hopper is manufactured using a spin process for sturdy one-piece construction. Delivery is adjustable to spread on the left, right or full width of 54 feet. Application rates range from 44 pounds to 890 pounds per acre. Hopper capacities of 350, 563 and 673 pounds keep filling and cleanout to a minimum.
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For use with John Deere's ProGator 2020 and 2030 utility vehicles, the TD100 Top Dresser is designed for use on golf courses and athletic fields. The TD100's galvanized steel hopper resists corrosion, and a steel frame adds strength. A fixed-speed nylon/polyester cord endless conveyor belt moves material under the metering gate and through a rotating brush for even distribution. The conveyor belt and rotation brush are powered by a hydraulic motor that operates off the ProGator hydraulic system. The full-width metering gate controls the amount of material that is distributed. It is infinitely variable for precise metering control. The hopper capacity is 12 cubic feet full or 19 cubic feet heaped. The rated capacity is 1,500 pounds, and the spreading width is 56 inches.
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The high-wheel stainless steel spreader from Lesco features an 80-pound hopper and a cam-operated oscillating agitator that helps eliminate product bridging. A sealed gearbox protects the gear set from dust and debris, and the rear shelf in the hopper helps filter out debris. The shutoff plate features a pattern adjustment slide for even distribution of a variety of products. Frame and bearing house stiffeners provide strength to stabilize full loads and help the spreader stand up to the heaviest workload. Oversized tires increase stability and provide easier application on taller, thicker grasses.
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JRCO's utility vehicle mount combines the carrying capability of a utility vehicle with the precision of the JRCO electric broadcast spreader. The spreader attaches with just one bolt to the available receiver hitch. The JRCO utility vehicle mount can fit the front or rear of most utility vehicles. The heavy-duty broadcaster is designed for spreading all types of granular and pelletized fertilizer, seed and ice-melting pellets. The gate is opened with a push-pull cable, and spread-width is adjusted with an electronic speed control.
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The Maruyama MG10 Granule Spreader is designed for dry chemical, seed or ice-melt applications. The MG10 has a tapered tank for consistent feeding and a ribbed disk for consistent application. The spreader has a range of 18 feet. The spreader also has a manual engine and weighs 3.7 pounds.
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PSB Co.'s new model CBR III commercial broadcast spreader has a longer, heavy-duty design that provides increased walking clearance and less push effort. The spreader is ergonomically contoured to reduce operator fatigue. The heavy-duty gear cover has quick release clamps that allow easier servicing of the gears. All metal parts are finished with a 5-stage iron phosphate pre-treatment with epoxy powder coating, and the finish withstands 1,000-hour salt spray testing. The operator can adjust the spread pattern control to center the spread pattern without changing the spreader setting, and a side deflector allows the operator to cut off the spread pattern on the right side along sidewalks and driveways.
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The Shindaiwa RS76 heavy-duty commercial spreader has a 75-pound capacity and features a welded frame, heavy-duty axle bushings and locking spring-loaded on/off lever. The spreader's wide stance increases stability, and it can be pushed easily over rough terrain or tall grass. The spreader also features large 13-inch wheels.
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SpreadEx, a division of TrynEx International, offers the LG 575 mid-size granular spreader designed for sports turf, grounds maintenance, landscaping and golf course management applications. Standard with a variable-speed controller, the spreader's material flow gate calibrates and controls material flow. This allows the operator to distribute the right amount of material for each application. Spread pattern is also variable from the cab. Mounted in a weather-tight enclosure, the 12-volt DC direct-drive system includes a revolutionary, maximum-torque transmission. Featuring a heavy-duty modular steel frame with a high-density polymer, UV-protected material hopper, the LG 575 is corrosion-resistant and designed to withstand the elements.
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Designed for smaller tractors in the 16- to 28-hp range, Vandermolen's Windmill Model C510 Spreader offers accessories to allow one-sided discharge, an agitator to break up lumps and to spread powders, and a swath regulator to reduce swath width. The hopper is formed from one single sheet of 2-mm-thick steel, with no seams, reducing the possibility of rust and facilitating the cleaning operation. The frame is constructed from cold-drawn tubular steel of 2-3/8-inch-diameter heavy wall stock.
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