I just wanted to give my opinion on my fimco spreader in case anyone is in the market. First off I have been reasearching them for some time and decided on this one based on reviews and second I didn't want want a PTO drive one as like the idea of a electric motor I can replace easily if needed. I also have a cheap tow behind but it only lasted a couple summers so I wanted something a little more heavy duty.
The spreader works well and is built solid. I loaded it with 120lbs of fertilizer and emptied it in about 10 mins. I did buy the receiver hitch mount and a 12 inch hitch extension as I did not want to remove my quick hitch every time I use it.
The good. Built well, variable speed motor can fling fertilizer 50ft if you want. I had it on a pretty low speed and it spread a nice even pattern. Nice on off switch/control box with a quality mounting bracket. The plastic hopper is thick and the fertilizer slid right out of it.
The bad. I don't love the hopper shut off lever. It works okay but I think there has to be a better way of doing it. No agitator but I am not sure it needs one yet. Maybe it depends on the material. There is a little shaft that sticks up in the hopper for a cotter pin that could be used as a agitator but it would spin really fast. Time will tell if it's required. It seems a little expenses for what it is. I have over 400 bucks in her with the hitch adapter and extension.
Overall it's a good option for someone looking for a quality spreader. I plan to seed a bare 3 acre lot and will follow up with how it does.