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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.
 

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I also have the same Fimco spreader and the special 2" receiver adapter hitch, but I don't have an Imatch so mine is mounted without the 2" receiver extension. I removed the drawbar hitch plate on the 1025R and replaced it with a 2" receiver and this allows me to reach back to control the spreader gate handle. I did drill a hole at the bottom and added a washer and cotter pin so the handle would not pull out.

I bought mine off eBay, which was quite a bit cheaper. It was new, but had the bent yellow guard. Easily repaired.


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It makes spreading fertilizer, crabgrass preventer, pelltized lime, and grass seed a breeze.
I have used mine for a couple years now and like its versatility of using it with anything that has a 2" receiver. I have used it on my 1025R, my Kawasaki Mule Rancher, and my cousin's JD Gator 825i.

Note: I clean it up thoroughly after every use to prevent anything from corroding. Even though the box is plastic, there are other parts that could be damaged.
 

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Have either of you tried spreading lime? I have a pull behind and with lime it just doesn't work. You have to keep stirring the pot to get it to spread.
 

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Have either of you tried spreading lime? I have a pull behind and with lime it just doesn't work. You have to keep stirring the pot to get it to spread.
I use this rather than the powder stuff. It's like pellets about the size of a BB or smaller. Spreads easily and should work in almost any type broadcast spreader without having to stir it up.


 

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Are you using peletized lime?
No, I was using power. To tell the truth, didn't know about pellets. Thanks!

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I use this rather than the powder stuff. It's like pellets about the size of a BB or smaller. Spreads easily and should work in almost any type broadcast spreader without having to stir it up.


Thanks! I'll have to get some of this now that I know what to look for. :bigthumb:
 
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