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    School me on spreaders

    I'm thinking of getting a spreader for the PTO for broadcasting seed (grass, oats, winter wheat, maybe even corn, whatever flowers the Mrs. wants, etc) and probably fertilizer. I have a 9' pull-behind lime spreader, so I don't need one for that.

    I know fertilizer is highly corrosive, and stainless steel guts are desirable as is a plastic hopper. That's pretty much all I know.

    What's good, what's junk, and what's a reasonable price for these things? I've seen some listed for nearly a grand new, and that seems rather high for a little whirly tray, PTO shaft, gear box, and a sliding gate on the bottom of a bucket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim55 View Post
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A way of subscribing to the thread. I want to follow along, I have no input or knowledge on the subject.....................Bonehead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    A way of subscribing to the thread. I want to follow along, I have no input or knowledge on the subject.....................Bonehead.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ok -bonehead-ahh-finally-here i thought u was going after ur post count-jeez
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    2006 2520 mcut, 2004 x475, 1953 model 50, 1985 318-was my Dad's,
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    2-54inch jd snow plows, jd-5ft-pull brush hog,

    2018 835R gas model gator-"aka" the Cadillac i say!! 6ft jd snow plow-which already has a dtac out on it. i got just about everything on it i could at the time

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    ??? What size property?

    I have the john deere rotary pull behind. Holds about 175lbs of whatever. Large pneumatic tires. Pull it with my ATV, zero turn, or tractor.
    Use it on 3 acres of lawn- fertilizer, seed, and snow melt in the winter for the driveway. Handles small seed like bermuda really well. don't normally put more than 100lbs in it due to slopes on my lawn.
    Easy to store and handle- will hang from the wall! Think I paid @240$
    Love it!


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    Bob - 2011 2520

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    Posted for general info only. Not suggesting you alter your tractor based upon my feeble minded posts. Do so at your own risk. Maintenance and mods should be performed by a JD Dealer, or refer to your owners and maintenance manuals for proper procedures.


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    Not PTO, but I've had my "Herd" 12V seeder for several years, does a good job for me: Click image for larger version. 

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    I picked up the King Kutter S-400-P poly hopper spreader from Fleet Farm, just south of $300, I see now they are a bit north of $500. The spreader works very well for fertilizer and grass seed. This spreader is not imatch compatible (not a big deal for me). When the hopper is full, it makes the front end squirrely, so I run with the loader on and 8-10 bags of fertilizer carried on-board for additional spread time.

    The Frontier SS2067B is optionally imatch compatible, uses a lot of stainless. The Frontier dispenses material from the bottom whereas others dispense from the cone's side. I would think the bottom openings would make for a much cleaner hopper at the end of spreading.

    My only complaint with the spreader really isn't a spreader defect as much as an issue with some brands of fertilizer some brands must have a higher clay content than others. Clay will build up on the rotating agitator, and spreader fins. Some fertilizer brands will have little to no build up others a lot. Pressure wash the spreader after each use, taking special care to clean the nooks and crannies on the in-hopper agitator.

    Follow up by coating the metal parts with a light coating of Fluid Film, it may not stop all the corrosion, but it sure will slow it down.
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    I think my food plot is around 4 acres, and the driveway is 1/4 mile long. The area of where the wild flower seeds will go for the Mrs. is probably 7 acres give or take but that probably isn't spreader-able given the cost of those seeds - I've got a little $12 Scotts handheld that'd probably work for those. I also haven't had the soil tested anywhere on the property, so I'm not sure what kind of amendments we're looking at. It also might make more sense to have the lime spread since I can get a truck in there due to all the skidder trails if I clear the stumps out of them.

    I found a possible deal on a Snow Ex 1875 that's missing it's electronic controller. I need to wait until I'm back up North to check on that since I don't want to bother the guy without an idea of when I'd be able to come check it out.
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    In the above picture, I was spreading native grasses & "forbs" mix with the Herd seeder. Mixed the seeds about 3 parts coarse, dry sawdust to 1 part seed mix, went over the 1.3 acres two directions.

    Seed cost was $781 for 1.6 acres, including an extra "wildflower mix" for .3 acres of that!
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