Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 46
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by RLynch My Second Brinly Tow-Behind Spreader
This weekend I purchased my second, Brinly tow-behind broadcast spreader. The new spreader is almost the same design and is made from the same type and quality of materials as the old one.
The first one provided over 40 years of reliable service. The spreader fan finally broke from age and use. My old spreader could have been easily repaired, but I felt that I had gotten more than my money's worth.
Home Depot had this spreader in stock at a local store. I ordered it on-line and it was ready for pick-up in about an hour. As usual, I received excellent, friendly and prompt service, from Home Depot and their knowledgeable associates.
First the pros:
No parts were missing in the box.
All small parts were organized and placed on a cardboard panel with a thin, clear plastic film holding them firmly, in position.
The small parts were grouped, laid out in the order of assembly, and labeled. This allowed each part to be removed and used when needed.
The step-by-step instruction manual is well written, easy to read and understand, is professionally illustrated and very detailed.
The instruction manuals are written in English, Spanish and French.
The manuals include a detailed parts reference drawing and a parts list.
The parts and other materials are high quality and made with stainless steel or composite material to control corrosion. Did I mention my first Brinly spreader lasted 40 years?
The axle is a solid bar of steel, not a metal tube, which can bend under a load.
The only tools required for assembly were a knife to cut the packing tape, a pair of pliers, two 7/16" wrenches and two 1/2" wrenches.
Assembly was easy, quick and step-by-step, with no surprises.
Everything fit and all holes were precisely positioned.
The tires were mounted on the rims and inflated.
This spreader has a neat feature, which allows the fertilizer or seed to be spread about 90 degrees to the left side or right side; or about 180 degrees, like a normal spreader. This feature reduces waste when spreading material beside a sidewalk, or driveway.
The flow control lever is easy reach from my tractor seat.
Now the con:
The only issue I experienced has already been mentioned by others. The friction lock for the flow lever does not maintain its setting and allows the lever creep to the closed position.
As mentioned by others, a bungee cord will solve this problem.
The universal hitch will fit most lawn and garden tractors.
A hitch pin and hairpin is included.
The spreader is easy to operate and load.
The height of the hopper is perfect for loading.
The hopper will hold about three 35 lb. bags of fertilizer, which is well within the weight limit rating, of 125 pounds.
A plastic, see through hopper cover is included.
The flow control handle stop sets the amount of material to be broadcast.
Broadcast coverage of material appears to be evenly spread.
After use clean-up is easy, with water from a water hose.
This spreader is made in the USA. Brinly-Hardy Company is located in Indiana and has been in business since 1839. I can see why. They use quality materials and build a quality product.
The manual includes the company's web site address, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and warranty information.
I would recommend this spreader to my friends. I give it Five Stars out of five.
April 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by artist Makes my life easier!
I love this spreader. The assembly instructions were very good and I had it put together in no time. I have a Dixon zero turn mower...so my seat is ahead of the engine and I was concerned as to how I would be able to use the lever on the spreader. Because the spreader stops spreading when you stop...I am able to get off the mower and turn the spreader off before I go to the next area without a problem. It saves me so much time I can get our two acres of lawn done in no time. The spreader is excellent quality and includes a really nice plastic see through flexible cover on the top. It also spreads very uniformly. I would definitely recommend this spreader.
September 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by greendoc Excellent, made in USA
I was undecided at first on which type of spreader do I get: a drop spreader like the Agrifab or a broadcast spreader, I decided on the later,..I have to say I am not disapointed.
This Brinly is made in the good old USA, not China or Korea,..it is built to last, and was very easy to assemble, works great behind my Ariens 46 " riding mower, bought here at HD.
Just set the lever, after few calculations, and go.. It runs smoothly with the air pressured tires and get a heavy load w/o stalling.
I found this kind of spreader to work best for me, would save me from running multiple passes, as I am not seeding, just spreading fertilizers. It cover about 12-14 foot behind it and can be adjusted left or right.
delivery took about a week, free from the folks at HD. The items to assemble are clearly labeled and requires little attention, straight forward,..A cave man can do it !
If you're lookign for a tow spreader, look no further,..this one will make you proud of the made in USA label. Go Brinly.
May 21, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by Steve I like it
It arrived quickly and was well packed. Assembly took about 1/2 hour with clear instructions. It has a nice solid feel and works well. The only negative I've found is that this brand of broadcast spreader is not shown on any of the lawn products I use. The spreader setting is a guessing game.
July 6, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by twilson Good Unit
Overall I am happy with it. One of the holes in the haft did not lineup so I had to drill it through, besides that assembly was easy. Took about 30-45 minutes to assemble. The scale to adjust the rate of flow out of the spreader is not aligned so that takes a little trial and error to get the right spread.
June 19, 2014