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Author: mml4

Date: 23 May 2006 9:07 am

Hi Guys!
I bought the above listed Scotts spreader to use with the fertilizer plus weed killer that is applied to a wet lawn.The spreader is the worst piece of garbage imaginable.It clogs instantaneously and yes I checked the calibration and release mechanism.Definitely not their best effort. :ng:

Marc


Author: Briant73

Date: 23 May 2006 9:51 am

I have one of their broadcast spreaders and it works well, sorry to hear the 3000 doesn't sound up to par.


Author: Marshall

Date: 23 May 2006 10:19 am

Marc, sorry to hear that.

I have had spreaders have trouble before with fertilizer that would clump. A chunk of it would get down by the hole and then not break up in order for the granules drop and spread.

Does this one you have clog regardless?


Author: Vangellis

Date: 23 May 2006 12:50 pm

Marshall wrote:
Marc, sorry to hear that.

I have had spreaders have trouble before with fertilizer that would clump. A chunk of it would get down by the hole and then not break up in order for the granules drop and spread.

Does this one you have clog regardless?


Hi Marc.

I have the Scotts broadcast spreader and it works well. As Marshall stated though sometimes the fertilizer gets clumps and you have to break it up. Anymore when I buy the stuff I like to feel the bag pretty good to make sure it hasn't hardened or has minimal clumps.

Hummm, now that I read that I can expect some comments. :P

Kevin


Author: Briant73

Date: 23 May 2006 2:04 pm

I also check the bag for clumping, a few drops onto a hard floor usually break up the big ones and then you can feel for the small ones.


Author: dave___in___ct

Date: 23 May 2006 8:01 pm

Marc...

I suppose the material being spread has to be ABSOLUTELY DRY... is it ?


Dave...


Author: TheKneebiter

Date: 23 May 2006 10:38 pm

I have both the scotts drop and rotary . i found that with the drop the wheels are to small . so if you try to drop the weed and feed on a wet lawn like you are told to the grass will hit the bottom of the bucket and get it wet and the fert clogs . i started using the rotary and never use the drop any more . my buddy has the lesco commercial spreader and it is the best i have seen . very heavy duty with large tires . and also a large price tag . :D


Author: Bill_D

Date: 24 May 2006 11:00 pm

I've come to know.....
Hate droppers, love broadcast spreaders.


Author: mml4

Date: 25 May 2006 5:08 pm

Hi Guys!
The problem with the spreader is that the holes are too small for the fertilizer to pass through. The fertilizer was not clumped but it wasn't Scotts . I have been using Vigoro and the back of the bag lists a setting for the Scotts 3000 drop.

I don't like to use the rotary on the weed and feed because it is applied wet and if you get it on the surrounding shrubs you have to wash them off.
I returned the Scotts 3000 drop and applied the fertilizer with my rotary.

Dragging the hose around the property to wash the shrubs is a pain :cussing: ,
Marc


Author: dave___in___ct

Date: 26 May 2006 8:00 pm

Marc...

Chemicals are great... aren't they ? :?


Dave...


Author: Marshall

Date: 26 May 2006 8:14 pm

Gents,

Back in my early twenties when I was more poor, which is better than most poor, I used to take generic 10-20-10 and spread it by hand. When I say by hand, I mean I would walk the yard with the bag of fertilizer, take my hand, scoop it in the bag, grab a handfull of fertilizer and throw it around the yard. I would do this until I felt I had it covered well. I must have done well, the grass greened up evenly. Oh yea, this was bare handed. :roll:

It's a wonder I haven't croaked from some kind of cancer. :shock:


Author: robmints

Date: 26 May 2006 10:14 pm

Marshall, i never heard of anyone having fertilizer flashbacks before. Don't worry about the cancer from the 10-20-10, you have done worse.

I have a broadcast with edgeguard. Sometimes you need to back up with it because the deflector is only on one side, but it works well.


Author: newjerseybt
Subject: Scotts spreader

Date: 1 Jun 2006 9:54 pm

I have an Accugreen 3000 drop spreader. What a piece of junk. After about 10 minutes of use, the Scotts fertilizer granules get caught in between the slide mechanism and jam it up.

I watch the pros and they use a broadcast. They promptly use a backpack blower to clear the sidewalk of excess fertilizer granules or else you can get measles on your sidewalk from the iron. :D