Rated 1.3 out of 5 by 16
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Stimpson Do Not Buy
I bought one of these because we have reacently had our backyard clearcut, it needs grass and it's not really a huge yard. I managed to make one single pass across the yard before this item broke. The seed 'flinger' under the hopper is held into place by a plastic piece the pierces the hopper and also spins a small agitator inside the hopper. The agitator piece snapper off inside the hopper, leaving only the tiniest piece of plastic to hold the flinger in place. Now off center, the flinger made some awful noise and barely flung seed. I took this spreader back and upgraded from the $10 dollar seed spreader to the $13 dollar seed spreader. Apparently, you can get a much better handheld spreader for an extra $3 (the Scotts Model 71133)
March 8, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Aaron Piece of junk
Mine also broke within minutes. The gears mesh only when there is nothing to spread. Add fertilizer and the gears grind and slip. There's no way to fix it. The plastic is too cheap and thin which causes it to flex under any load. DO NOT BUY.
April 26, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by dormantgardener Terrible
Wish I had read reviews before buying. Why is this still being carried by Home Depot - reviews from 2011 say terrible and apparently the design has not changed.
Similar to others' experience, I went to spread material (pelletized lime in my case) and did so per the directions for bulky pelletized material. Worked for about 10 steps then completely jammed. Emptied hopper and gears still would not engage ever again. Ended up spreading by hand that day. Will upgrade to better rated Scotts - not a bargain for the Vigoro when you get NOTHING but an expensive plastic cup.
December 12, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by CasualGardner Didn't break (yet?) but figuring out setting is a hassle
Unlike most reviews, I was lucky the item hasn't broken yet. I've used it two or three times in moderate size yard.
On the other hand, and unless you purchase Vigoro-brand product, it is difficult to know which setting to use...
August 22, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Hmay Awful/ Broke in 2 min
This is the most awful product!! Do not by. I read the directions and did exactly as it said and it would jam and not spread the fertilizer anywhere! The spiny thing was missing when i dumped the fertilizer out! That all happend in 2 min!
March 24, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tickedinMemphis PURE junk
Product jammed before anything ever came out. Emptied it, cleaned it, retried it. SAME THING.
4 times in a row.
I ground down the rotater on a grinder (trimming 1/4 inch off diameter and 1/8th inch off blade tops) to increase clearances.
As long as I start turning before letting the fertilizer fall into the hole, it will work MOST of the time.
Can't stop cranking or it will jamb again.
Then reaized the tiny propeller inside the trough had ALSO fallen off at some point so I have to shake shake shake the whole unit to ensure content will fall into the hole.
I score LESS than 1
Worst product of ANY TYPE i have ever purchased.
I just hope the Vigaro seeds and fertilizer will work better.
They certainly can't be any worse.
March 27, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Joren Unusable junk.
Almost unusable. Too hard to crank, gears slip, jams. Literally not worth producing this product at all. You aren't saving money if the product you buy doesn't work in the first place.
March 12, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Chucky 6 lb Vigoro spreader
This spreader worked fine for the first few times it was used then it crammed up,even when empty. I took it apart to inspect the gears but every thing appeared OK. I believe the problem is the main wheel gear that flexes as the handle is turned and disengages the gears
March 15, 2015