Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 20
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by fred1 not durable
This spreader/aerator appears to be identical to the Briny-Hardy unit, so you're essentially paying $230.00 more for a green paint job. BTW, the Briny-Hardy model (and almost certainly this one too) has serious corrosion issues due to the use of carbon steel hopper materials vs stainless steel. Mine started rusting after one season of use. Decent design but poor choice of materials.
October 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Lawnguy32 Terrible design, broke on first use
This is not up to John Deere standards. I've owned several John Deere products and this one does not live up to the standard I'm used to out of Deere Products. Chain came off after first use and there is no way to tighten it. Every use after it the chain comes off which basically means it does not work. Very disappointed.
October 2, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DBJATLANTA Missing part and did not put together correctly.
One part was missing. It took two different days calling in order to get this part through a number of calls over a three day period. I would be direct from JD to another vender who, as I under stand, put all the parts in the box. They were never very helpfull. JD would not call them for me until the third day when I called (after trying to get them to call before) and told them I am the customer. Finally got the part. The other problem is that I believe other parts might be wrong for this. Some parts will not go together as I believe they should. I am considering returning this item, I just need to look up the procedure for doing this. These comments are breif and not the detail that actually happen, but just an overview. On the other hand, the la45 lawn mower is great!
May 26, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JDFan150 It broke the first time I used it.
I was very pleased to buy this item a week ago, but was quickly disappointed because it broke the first time I used it. Despite soft ground, careful speed, and putting two cinder blocks on it for weight (like the photo showed) the axle eventually bent in the middle, causing the chain to slip off and the spreader to stop working. The center metal support piece is thin metal that bend quite severely. I didn't hit anything like a rock, curb, etc. so I assume perhaps this accessory just wasn't up to moderately uneven ground. I think it was designed for a well-established and smooth "subdivision lawn." Took it right back to the JD dealer. Will see what the warranty covers or doesn't. I think they tried putting two functions in one device and ended up with a cheap piece of machinery.
September 27, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Stinkweed Piece of junk
Arrived missing bolts and nuts. First use sprocket and chain jumped off with seed paddle no longer operable. Poorly engineered. Piece of junk. I would like my 450 plus back
September 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Nothing runs like a John Deere
Another quality product by JD. The assembly instructions were a little vague but the spreader itself is great. Superior build quality. The spikes penetrate about 2"1/2 inches and drops your fertilizer or seed right behind. This thing will last forever. One of the best parts is the free shipping. A 90 lbs. huge box for free, I'll be shopping with Home Depot for anything over $250.00. Another prime example of, "You pay for what you get".
May 15, 2010
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Harold Standard features but designed poorly for operation. Metal deforms easily, tires poor quality.
I found the spikes go out of alignment readily but are also easy to bend back into shape. The cheap metal channel that holds the lever that regulates the spreader opening deforms easily and the wing nut is not something you can change the setting for on the fly. The lever that raises and lowers the spikes is not easy to reach and change from your lawn tractor (and I am 6'5".) The tires went flat but don't seal properly against the rims so re-inflating is very difficult.
May 18, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by richers Poorly designed with too much plastiic in stress areas
weak plastic bushings at end of axle,drive chain has no way to tighten, chain cogs misalign after 1 use. chain jumps off. Plastic bushing at end of axle too weak. Plastic spacers between spike units too weak. I have a lot of John Deere equipment. This mess does not measure up to the quality expected on any John
deere Product. Very,Very Disappointed. Will Return for refund.
May 24, 2013