Design Flaw (Fix): After using the Scotts Turf Builder Mini Broadcast Spreader to distribute Scot...
June 01, 2019
Design Flaw (Fix): After using the Scotts Turf Builder Mini Broadcast Spreader to distribute Scotts Turf Builder Bonus S Weed & Feed, I noticed several 3’ to 4’ straight line “burn marks” in different areas on my lawn last Spring. Apparently, fertilizer gets packed inside the wheel which eventually dumps it out in a line. If the molded plastic wheels did not have interior spokes, the granules wouldn’t accumulate. I bought two 56-cent Frisbees, drilled center holes in them, and fastened each as inside “hub caps.” I used a threaded rod through the axle with nuts to secure the wheels. Problem solved. This could be fixed with no-spoke wheels.
Over the winter, our lawn completly died and was dug up by the plow. We corrected it all with scotts products! Every where we went merchants said scotts had the best product on the market! So, we did a soil test, added lime to balance ph, raked dead grass out, added scotts top soil, scotts lawn starter and scotts lawn seed. After that, we watered the lawn twice a day for 3 weeks! Results speak for them selves! In just 3 weeks!
After fully excavating my yard and putting down new Loom about 50 yards of it. I planted this grass seed 3 1/2 weeks ago. I went threw about 4 80 pound bags. I used a spreader and went over the hole yard twice changing direction as I went. Water twice a day and started seeing grass in four days. Some ares grew fast than others. Sunny areas took longer than the shady ones. But I have full grass now and it's strong!! Very in pleased.
Do Not Buy - Will leave streaks/stripes in your lawn
May 16, 2020
This Scotts EdgeGuard Mini spreader and its bigger model will leave streaks on your lawn. That is because the impeller part which throws the fertilizer is situated ‘below’ the big plastic wheels, so when the fertilizer is being thrown, fertilizer ends up hitting the wheels and dropping right under. Essentially, this broadcast spreader becomes a ‘drop spreader’ between the two wheels, which leads to streaks or stripes in your lawn from that area right below the spreader being over-fertilized. This also has the potential to burn your grass. It is a terrible design flaw, and a design flaw which Scotts refuses to address or fix for over a decade. Fixing this is simple and inexpensive. All Scotts has to do is raise the impeller to be above the wheels. So, I don’t know why for ten years Scotts has done nothing about this. If you look at the negative reviews, most speak of this problem. As a long-time The Home Depot customer, I ask The Home Depot to require Scotts to address this design issue. No business should be selling a faulty product to their customers, because ultimately, they themselves share a blame, especially a problem that has existed for over a decade. Scotts has fixed this design issue only for their ‘Elite’ model by raising the impeller height above the wheels, but that spreader costs 3x as much. I have attached a picture of the Scotts EdgeGuard Mini being used in the driveway showing how it drops extra material in the center between the two wheels.
READ THIS IF YOU WANT A GRASS SEED TO WORK It worked for me contrary to other reviews probably be...
May 02, 2017
READ THIS IF YOU WANT A GRASS SEED TO WORK
It worked for me contrary to other reviews probably because of good preparation. My wife told me we were in zone 6 (New York) so I looked around and read stuff about grass that grows in our zone and when to start seeding. April turns out to be the best time here. I found out that this one works in zone 6 and because our lawn has a lot of shade. This is what i did.
1. Rented a Klassen Power Rake from HD and dethatched our lawn and manual raked it and did it twice.
2. Sowed the seeds evenly with a handheld spreader... be generous.
3. Added a thin layer of Peat Moss by hand. You can also rent a peat moss spreader if you want.
4. Installed "Orbit 1-hose faucet timer" with "Y Shut-Off 2-Way Metal Hose Connector" attached to two hose and two "Melnor Oscillating Sprinker". I set the timer to run the faucet at 1pm as that would probably be the driest time of the day and you can only set Orbit faucet time once a day.
There are times that i would run the sprinkler manually once or twice a day early morning and late afternoon if the lawn looks dry. If its raining turn off the timer. Goodluck!
The plastic spindal that is responsible for turning the spreader paddle breaks/snaps at the least...
January 13, 2017
The plastic spindal that is responsible for turning the spreader paddle breaks/snaps at the least pressure. The cable for opening the hopper is poorly adjusted and the mechanism is plastic that goes through the body to open and close the hopper door breaks in half at any tension. This was a very poor buy for us and we bought 6 of them. This item is definately not worth the money or the time it took to produce it. Strategic working/moving parts cannot be made of a brittle plastic that snaps at any type of stress. We will not be purchasing this product nor will be recommend it.
This tool was easy to use and durable. The spreader...
April 18, 2017
This tool was easy to use and durable. The spreader could handle pellets and seeds of different sizes. This tool also had an edge guard to ensure you don't spread too much fertilizer around the edges of your lawn. This feature was very helpful - especially in the corners where our fence meets.
Great idea to include edgeguard for going along driveways and patios.
Unfortunately, this feature ruins the use of the product for the rest of your lawn. The rotating edgeguard turns from off to on position. When off, the spreader should throw a consistant spray of fertilizer forward and to the sides. The poor design makes it throw wide on one side and not nearly as wide on the side where the edge guard is stowed. Makes it confusing to figure out how to properly overlap your lines up and down your yard. Also the lever doesn't stay in a locked position, so as your rumble down your yard, the edgeguard turns to the on position, cutting your spray pattern almost in half, unpredictably.
Well built machine, but horrible execution of a feature that should work... Find a different brand.
I like that the handle can be folded down. Wish that there was instruction inscripted on the broa...
April 18, 2017
Verified Purchase & Recommended Product
I like that the handle can be folded down. Wish that there was instruction inscripted on the broadcaster describing the settings, however. It is never easy to figure out which one is supposed to be used, and no, the piece of paper that came with it I will not be able to find a month from now, regrettably.