No problems assembling this sturdy & rather large spreader. ...
April 15, 2020
No problems assembling this sturdy & rather large spreader. Did have a couple of extra parts, but it fairly obvious that the hardware “kit’ is for more than one model's assembly. Spreads nice’n even, I was surprised the rate adjustment seems arbitrary so you have to calibrate on your own.
Have not assembled yet as it seems the unit I received is used, will call tomorrow to see if I can speak to someone or it goes back. It seems unit would be sturdy, hopefully just a used unit as all metal pieces poor finish, greasy and seem to have been installed. Not sure what is on the tire fitting tread and a cap missing for the amount of money for this it must be better!
This is a sturdy, high quality spreader. It's a beast! This has a very large hopper with a 100 lb...
March 02, 2020
This is a sturdy, high quality spreader. It's a beast! This has a very large hopper with a 100 lbs capacity. The wheels are air-filled rubber. Comes with 2 hopper grates meant to break up clumps and a cover in case it starts to rain. Comes with 2 different agitators but not sure what the smaller one does as its' not in the instructions (that I could find). Which brings me to;
My one and only complaint (the only reason it got 4 stars) is the assembly instructions are very hard to ascertain the right way to assemble certain items and once "completed" I had to disassemble two parts. I am usually very good at putting things together but I had the gearbox on backwards so the impeller spins the wrong way and a plastic baffle was on upside down so you couldn't pull out the back drop flow tab.
Bottom line is if you are looking for a high quality, sturdy spreader this is it, as long as you have the patience to figure out the weak assembly instructions. Overall I am happy. By far the best spreader I have owned!
Durable, Easy to Clean, Functionality, Good Shape, Great Quality, Strong
assembly instructions are not clear
Go big or go home, right? Well, with Chapin's 100lb-capacity turf spreader no one will be able to...
March 30, 2020
Go big or go home, right? Well, with Chapin's 100lb-capacity turf spreader no one will be able to accuse you of going small. It comes in a pretty hefty box, although I'll give the packaging an A- (a few of the handle parts were basically loose in the top of the box - no harm done, but it makes you wonder why). The first thing you notice when you start assembly is there are some sturdy parts here. For the main handle straight, heavy-gauge square tubing is used instead of the normal round tube - this adds terrific structure to the 'backbone' of the device. A+ for that detail. Most of the parts that will ever touch what you're spreading are plastic - this is a good thing. My 30+ year old Scotts tow-behind spreader likely cost more in the 1980s than this does today, but the thing that is killing it is corrosion of several key metal parts. The large diameter wheels are fantastic for any terrain. All the nuts are nylon locknuts (also an A+). So, why 4 stars instead of 5? I'll admit I'm nitpicking a bit, but spending 5 minutes additional designing the packaging and instructions would have gone a long way. Example - The nuts and bolts are all labeled precisely - "M5x60mm" on the parts package, then referred to as "H5" in the instructions. Also, no where in the instructions are the words "Auger" or "Auger Nut" referenced (nor by picture), yet there they are on the parts pack. Small detail, but a frustrating one. And other than the aforementioned auger, there are no spares of any of the hardware pieces - drop one of those M5 locknuts and you'll be making a trip to your local store to finish assembly.
If you are a homeowner and have a relatively large yard or one with some rough terrain, this woul...
March 10, 2020
If you are a homeowner and have a relatively large yard or one with some rough terrain, this would be a decent spreader for you. If you are a contractor and use this spreader on a daily bases, you might want to look for a better unit. The metal frame is fairly sturdy and well built however the fasteners used to assemble it are junk. The small headed screws sink into the recessed holes in the frame so far that it's hard to get a wrench on them to hold for tightening and the self locking nuts strip out very easily. The axle bearings are just plastic and they just get pressed into the stamped frame with no retainers. The hopper is plastic but sturdy and it comes with removable strainer grids and a rain cover. The 10" pneumatic tires are great for rough terrain but again the rims and bearings are plastic. The plastic broadcast impeller also seems a little on the flimsy side. Its alright for the homeowner but I would not recommend it for a contractor.
Easy to Clean, large turff tires
This spreader is really good quality. The wheels are larger than normal ones and consequently rol...
March 05, 2020
This spreader is really good quality. The wheels are larger than normal ones and consequently roll easily over the yard even in spots where it's uneven. The bin is huge compared to the cheap spreaders. It has an easy to remove grate on top that's split into two pieces. It also has a mesh cover that can cover the top. The handles are a comfortable height to push this around your yard. When I put this beside our old, cheap spreader, this one was clearly made of much more durable plastic and metal. Makes the job go quickly because it holds up to 100 lbs and that means you don't have to stop and refill as often.
Durable, Easy to Clean, Functionality, Great Quality, Multi Use, Strong
This product is one of a kind. With its heavy duty features for longevity and precision, the Chap...
March 08, 2020
This product is one of a kind. With its heavy duty features for longevity and precision, the Chapin 100 lbs contractor turf spreader is a must have for everyone. This heavy duty turf spreader is equipped with rugged wide tread 12 in. Pneumatic tires for professional use. Also included in the case is a hopper grate and a rain cover. Easy and comfortable to use with a rubber-gripped t-handle and solid steel linkage gate control. It is also equipped with an adjustable rotary gate for spreading a broad range of product like fertilizer, seeds and more. I highly recommend this product.
Durable, Easy to Clean, Easy to Install, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, High Quality, Looks Great, Nice Design, Sturdy, Stylish
I bought my spreader this past spring. On my second application of fertilizer it started having issues with dispensing the material. I have to constantly jerk the spreader at the beginning if each pass to engage the gears in the gear box. It seems like the vertical shaft has to much play - it needs to be braced. I wouldn't have expected this from the "contractor" grade spreader.