Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 87
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BattleCruiserC6 Drop Spreader is not calibrated correctly
1) Calibration: Many of the previous reviews stated a problem with the calibration -- I agree with those reviews. I used the "6 1/2" setting using Scotts "5,000 sq. ft. Turf Builder Lawn Food" which states to use the "6 1/2" setting for drop spreaders and noticed that for my 62'x112' targeted area (~ 7000 sq. ft.) I was about to use an entire bag for probably less than 25% of the coverage area. I switched to a "3 1/2" setting and used a second bag and it seemed to be a better proportion to what's stated on the bag.
2) Initial drop: Once pressing the trigger to open up the drop spreader, the drop spreader does let out a significant more fertilizer in that specific starting / re-starting point, so just be wary of that.
3) stand-bar: the bar that would support the drop spreader in a standing position seemed not to get in the way during fertilizing passes; however, it does seem to pick up some fertilizer and grass if the ground is already moist; in addition, the stand-bar doesn't seem to be stable enough to keep the drop spreader in a standing position *possible user error*
4) feel and use: overall felt good during fertilizer passes; so once calibration is modified, it essentially works.
5) longevity of use: we will see
March 20, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Power909 Very Easy To Use
I have read all the reviews here and am Very surprised that the spreader works perfectly. It's not rocket sciences, there is only ONE screw to adjust for calibration.
The spreader folds open, and is ready for use. Yes, different products have different spread settings, but so easy to figure out. Do not blow through a 5k bag of fertilizer before you check the dump rate. Take a quarter of the bag and use only half of that and see how many feet you get. After a couple of 20 foot runs you will have exactly what you want on the grass. This only has to be done once per product. Write down your setting for each different one and your set. No further testing is needed. Most spreaders are much more difficult to operate, and this spreader, though not all metal is refreshingly easy to use.
June 3, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Chase DO NOT BUY
IT IS NOT ACCURATE, IT DROPS FERTILIZER WHEN YOU DON'T WANT IT TOO, IT IS A CHEAP POOR DESIGN.
Take a look at the gap from where the holes are at the bottom to let your fertilizer through, and the gate that pulls back to let it through, it is a huge gap, so when you are walking down your driveway, or in an area you have already covered it just keeps spreading. I have tried 2 of these and they are both terrible especially when spending $50+
September 10, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dominic Paid £30 in 2002 but I did hope it might outlast me.
I do not like condemning things, but please note that in my experience you will be lucky if this drop spreader works for longer than two years, assuming that the materials used have not improved since I purchased mine in 2002 having used it 3 times a year.
The reason rusting steel. The first failure is the steel bar running through the plastic agitator, rust swells this steel bar up and it stiffens and eventually freezes the drive wheel up, the other wheel is just free running. So for the past 11 years annually I have cleaned the rust of this bar. Don’t waste your time rust treating or painting it as it will wear away very quickly where it passes through the hoppers plastic side, this is a friction bearing and it will rust up again. Finally I think from when it was 3 to 4 years old the plastic regulator shut off bar started sticking. This also has a steel bar fitted in it, corrosion causes this to fail. Rust expanding deforming and cracking it open, causing the regulator bar to stick open. Aggressive reshaping with sandpaper on the unique plastic profile of this bar is a short term fix before it goes to land fill. Very sad.
Please tell me you now use just plastic or stainless steel tubing.
May 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by handyguy60 Works Just Fine for Home Use
If you're stressing, as I did, over all these reviews saying it's "not calibrated" know that, for regular home use (on my two lawns each over 1,000 sq. ft.) this worked just FINE. Some reviews make you fear it will drop 25 lbs. of fertilizer in 10 feet; that won't happen. (You can check first by spreading over pavement such as your driveway if you want to be certain. Then just sweep it up and dump it back in the spreader.) It IS adjustable so you can change it IF you feel it's dropping too much or too little. Bottom line: This basic unit gets the job done without costing too much and leaving you the flexibility of using whatever product or brand you want.
March 25, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by JC999 Product Has been cheap
There was a day when the agitator (toothed rod that churns the material), and the Flow and Shut Off Bars were steel. This was problematic with corrosion. However, plastic (which the Scotts Drop Spreader uses for these parts), has its own problems. The Shut Off Bar deforms under the pressure of the material, and this results in more material dropping onto the lawn, and it results in the spreader staying open when the handle is released, so that product continues to drop. This is particularly a problem with pelletized products. The market needs a well engineered drop spreader for serious homeowners. The shut off should be a separate device from the spreader calibration plate, The spreader adjustment needs to be a positive mechanical setting. All of these parts need to be Stainless Steel. The drop swath should be 24". The hopper can still be a good grade of plastic.
April 29, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by YardStripes Very Disappointed
I had a Scotts drop spreader for over 20 years and finally wore in out. It was a great product so I went straight for another Scotts spreader and bought this one. I set the calibration on the spreader as recommended on the bag and dropped the entire bag on my small front yard. One bag usually will cover my entire yard front and back with some left over. Even without squeezing the handle, the spreader would pour out fertilizer. Avoid this product and I would recommned Scott's take it off the market entirely. Too bad after my first Scotts spreader was so good. If I could give it negative stars, I would.
June 12, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by TSAR Ruined my lawn.
I used this spreader to feed my lawn. I purchased a 5000 sq ft. bag to cover both my front and back yard. Unfortunately, I was never able to cover my back yard. I used this drop spreader and was only able to cover MOST, not all, of my front yard. My front yard is approximately 1300 sq ft. The drop spreader with the 5000 sq ft bag covered 1050 sq ft! I even calibrated the drop spreader and set it on the right setting before use. Too bad I didn't read the reviews before I used it. It would of saved my lawn from me burnt from over feeding.
May 12, 2015