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    Poly vs. Steel

    Planning to buy a new three point spreader next week from the Deere dealer. My tractor can handle Frontiers full line but I'm not sure if a steel or poly hopper would be better. It would be stored indoors and possibly loaded onto a trailer occasionally. I feel like steel would be much more durable but poly doesn't rust. That said all the drive components on both models are steel so they'd rust anyway. Anyone have any
    experience with the frontier spreaders?

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    100% poly for me, IMHO.

    Won't dent or rust. Paint won't flake off and cause flow problems. Some chemicals could cause metal etching. Might be lighter. Rinse and dry with no worries. Get a top that fits well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9MMMAC View Post
    100% poly for me, IMHO.

    Won't dent or rust. Paint won't flake off and cause flow problems. Some chemicals could cause metal etching. Might be lighter. Rinse and dry with no worries. Get a top that fits well!
    It won't crack if bumped? That was my main concern with poly. They didn't have any on the lot to look at so I wasn't sure how sturdy it was. Also if you have a Frontier spreader, how does the agitator work?
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    I've owned both. Anything that you are spreading that isn't seed is likely corrosive - Salt, fertilizer, lime.... the poly hopper doesn't readily rust. It will oxidize and turn brittle over time, but it is a long time.

    The weight is about the same since the poly is much thicker than the steel, so no great savings there.

    Poly doesn't crack easily, it is sturdy and can give quite a bit before creasing. I'd say you can push the poly twice as far as the steel without creasing it. Even if poly creases, it will turn a whitish color but mostly return to its original shape...the steel will crease and hold the creased shape.

    For me, I'd go with the poly, it should last longer than the steel and is less likely to rust out. I don't think pricing was a big difference IIRC.
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    i have both.........both are fine.......both require agressive clean up after use if used for fertilizer,salt etc. ......anything metal is at risk from chemicals IE meter gate..spinner...shaft...etc..
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    No pricing is very close. Within $100 in the same size group. I thought I'd wash it off then soak in fluid film between uses.
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    I just bought an Agrex XA150 (steel hopper) spreader from everythingattachments. I used it over the weekend to put down 200lbs of fescue seed and a couple bags of bug killer for the yard. It worked well on my 2720. I didn't want to pay for the poly hopper XL models. I'll be keeping it out of the sun and rain and cleaning after every use. The agrex has a machined metal gearbox with oil, and the controls work very well for a CUT sized tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    No pricing is very close. Within $100 in the same size group. I thought I'd wash it off then soak in fluid film between uses.
    Fluid Film is great but I would avoid using it on the inside of the hopper. It leaves a sticky residue which will be terrible to get stuff like seed to flow.
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    Correct. I'm starting to lean more towards the a poly hopper because of their larger capacity. I will be using it for small jobs but also to hopefully spread granular fertilizer on my other small fields and save the $6.50 charge per acre from the chemical company.
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    6.50 per acre

    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    Correct. I'm starting to lean more towards the a poly hopper because of their larger capacity. I will be using it for small jobs but also to hopefully spread granular fertilizer on my other small fields and save the $6.50 charge per acre from the chemical company.
    You might find that 6.50 is worth it. The commercial spreaders usually are very well calibrated and can throw a very even pattern compared to a CUT model. On a horse pasture or lawn that might not be terribly important but for vegetables or other crops it's important to get the right amount without skips or doubles. Somehow a $400,000 spreader just does does a better job than a cut spreader.

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