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Howdy Folks,

I have been doing numerous internet searches to find a combination lime, fertilizer and seed spreader for use on our property. (food plots and yard)

Qualifiers: I can go with either a PTO driven, ATV mounted or a pull behind. I would prefer an ATV mounted or a pull behind, as the tractor tires are heck on the lawn... Food plot and lawn are both about an acre in size, maybe a tad more.

Thus far my research has not found one unit that stands out among the numerous choices available. They all seem to have certain deficiencies or user review quirks that keeps one looking for something better.

Hoping forum members might shed some light on units they have used that they have found to be the best of all worlds; durable, dependable, performs well, mostly trouble free and lasts for more than a year or two.

Thanks in advance for your comments/user reviews based on your personal experience.

Be safe and be well.

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Here are my thoughts. Chances are you'll wind up with a combination of spreaders.

1. Deere brander Spyker 175 pull behind - We have two of these. I used one for my lawn for a few years. I personally had issues getting it to spread evenly. It was used when I bought it, so it did have a few issues. I sold my home one, and replaced it with number 2.
2. Earthway 2170T - https://earthway.com/product/2170t-commercial-tow-broadcast-spreader.ashx - I like this one better. It seems to spread more consistently, and has a finer adjustment. A lot of professionals use these.

Either 1 and 2 are probably good spreaders for fertilizer and lime, but might have a hard time spreading fine seeds, like clover or brassicas. Most commercial lawn fertilizer and lime products will have recommended settings for these brands. Check what you are buying or plan to buy, for recommended settings/rates.

3. Earthway nylon bag spreader - https://earthway.com/product/2750-nylon-bag-seeder-spreader.ashx - great for small areas and fine seeds. Lots of control.

4. Moultrie ATV spreader - https://www.amazon.com/Moultrie-ATV-Spreader-Manual-Feed/dp/B00ZCO4OUQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1522861881&sr=1-2&keywords=moultrie+spreader&dpID=41DBpZXbi6L&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch - It's one like this. It was much harder to control the amount of product coming out and where it was going. I wouldn't recommend something like this.
 

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try looking into an atv mounted spreader, we had a pull behind two wheeled spreader an it kept trying to tip on uneven ground or plot
 

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If your spreading powdered lime, then you need a drop spreader.
For the pull behind, larger air filled tires work better then solid tires.
The atv mounted ones (cabelas/moultire) are hard to control the amount of seed spread and it is hard to see where you have spread the seed.

Earthway are quality built, a lot of the local landscapers use them in our area.
 

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try looking into an atv mounted spreader, we had a pull behind two wheeled spreader an it kept trying to tip on uneven ground or plot
That can be a challenge. Do you cultipack before using the spreader?

Also, I've seen these recommended before, on some FB habitat groups. They're more expensive.

Gandy drop spreader - https://www.gandy.net/5-ft-drop-spreader-tow-hitch-and-16-pneumatic-wheels
Garber drop spreader - Garber Seeder, Made in America

There are two on Philly area Craigslist now.
https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/grd/d/drop-spreader/6502998237.html
https://reading.craigslist.org/grd/d/10-ft-gandy-drop-spreader-or/6530960401.html
 

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I have a pull behind spreader that hold 2 bags of fertilizer or pelletized lime that someone gave me. I think it's a craftsman. I see similar ones for sale on craigslist for $50 to 100 dollars.

The one I have looks like the agri-fab 200 lb broadcast spreader they sell at tractor supply
 

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Grizz, if you ever saw the results of my drop spreader efforts in the old days (zig's and zag's and funny looking, different color grass) you would never let me use a drop spreader again...! Out of the question, I just can't use them in a straight line... BTW, I should have also qualified that I always use a hand broadcaster for my seed, concur with your previous recommendation.

I'll have to forgo a few cold adult beverages to save for/afford it but based on all that I am reading, I am leaning (slightly) towards a FIMCO ATV/UTV model. FIMCO Dry Material Spreaders

Anyone use one?
 

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I have two pull behind atv spreaders. These are ok for yards that are smooth and flat. Any hill or food plot areas where there are clumps of dirt, it will tip. The first one I bought was a cheaper one and constantly tipped over. I then bought a better one that had bigger tires and wider footprint and it still tipped over. I still use this one for my yard but not food plots. Last year I bought a buyers atv mounted spreader. So much better, but the mounting plate is junk. I was mounting to a yamaha kodiak and whenever it was loaded with fertilizer, it would tilt down and not be level. I made up a mounting bracket and now it works great. I was looking at the Fimco spreader but opted for the buyers spreader instead. Other than the mounting issue, I am very happy with it. Good luck in your decision.

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I had the same issues with the pull behind in my food plot I bought a tractor supply 12 Volt ATV mounted spreader and it works great . For lime I used the lime pellets .
 

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I used an Agri Fab for my landscaping business, used pelletized limestone in it, have wworn out a couple of them, but they were good, except for the occasional tipping.
 

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BBB, I looked at the TS website and they have at least 6 ATV mounted units. Which did you go with? Was there a reason you chose your selection over the others?

Delphi, same question... Buyer has several different units. Which did you go with?

BIGGAME, never knew about the Herd, thanks for sharing.
 

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Important thing to remember with any spreader is to wash it out after use. Especially when spreading lime or fertilizer. Alot of the stuff is corrosive.
 

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Stay away from the Swisher Pro commercial. Just used it for the first time today and it doesn't have an agitator so the pelitized lime kept clogging the flow hole every 30 seconds. Also the motor quit working after 20 minutes.


To say I'm agitated is an understatement. Especially considering this was a more expensive spreader.
 

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Stay away from the Swisher Pro commercial. Just used it for the first time today and it doesn't have an agitator so the pelitized lime kept clogging the flow hole every 30 seconds. Also the motor quit working after 20 minutes.


To say I'm agitated is an understatement. Especially considering this was a more expensive spreader.

That sucks.
 

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Yeah, pretty annoying.

Just ordered the Agri Fab 175 lb tow behind spreader. Has an agitator. Didn't really want a tow behind because they have a tendency to tip but the reviews look pretty good on this one so we'll give it a shot.
 

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I have the Buyers ATVS15A 15 gallon spreader. I have used it just for one season so we will see how long it lasts. If it does stop working, I will buy a better motor for it and replace that instead of buying a whole new spreader. The pull behind I had was the agri fab 175 and it tipped over several times but my plot has a little slope to it and the field was not smooth. I just use this on my yard now.
 

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I'm curious if there's a way to modify an existing tow behind spreader to make the wheelbase significantly wider. Anyone see anything? Time to go searching.
 
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