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I have a x758 and I was thinking about getting one of these. Does anyone have one and how do you like it? I was also looking at the frontier ss1022b tow behind but it is a little pricey for something that I'm not going to use all that often. My concern with the mounted unit is it seems a little small. I looked at some of the other pull behinds and I'm not sure how stable they are. My yard is hilly with a bunch of obstacles. I don't have the pto or 3 pt hitch on this tractor so my options are limited but am leaning towards a mounted unit.

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Do you have pics or a link to what you're talking about.
 

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The JD spreader would look great on your rig. Does it have a stop / deflector on the back or does it throw product into the back of the tractor?
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The JD spreader would look great on your rig. Does it have a stop / deflector on the back or does it throw product into the back of the tractor?
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Yes for an additional $65 you can get a barrier shield. lol. Here is a link to the page in the john deere catalog with the other spreaders also.

John Deere

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Even with a barrier shield I would still be concerned about fertilizer and dust getting in the tractor's nooks and cranny's, add moisture and you have rust. And with some of the pull behinds that can be a problem also if they don't have a good deflector.

Hopefully someone here has used that model and can tell you for sure the barrier actually works.

I was worried enough about getting fertilizer in my X739 that I went with a decent walk behind since my yard isn't big and I only do it once or twice a year.
 

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I have a tow behind and let me tell you fertilizer must have a rubber coating on it because it bounces all over the place. It ends up on the seat from my back on the footrest,and if you drive close to the shed and bounce it off of there it will end up somewhere besides in the grass. A shield helps but it still travels to parts unknown.
 

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I have the JD 175 lb tow behind spreader (LP31341) used mainly for salt. 3 problems with it right from the start. 1. It would jam & not drop material onto the spinner. Towing it with my old L108 the hitch went downhill toward the draw bar. Now towing it with my new X540 the hitch & hopper are level with the ground. Just having it run level took care of the jamming problem.
2. It will spray material out 360 degrees. Yes it will get all over the tractor. A lot of salt also ended up in the yards. To fix this I put a 2' piece of rubber mat on the front of the spreader. That's all it took to fix both problems.
3. The agitator wire will brake off every time I back up with the unit. No fix other than not backing up. I seen a newer unit at the dealer that had a different style wire. Hopefully this fixed the problem.
 

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When I was shopping for a spreader I had considered the model that mounted on the back of the tractor like shown. I received numerous reports from owners stating that it was prone to throwing material into the back of the tractor. It was worse than a tow-behind because the unit is mounting directly to the tractor. The shield that JD sells is only to limit the spread for use with sidewalks, it does not shield the back of the tractor.

I ended up going with a tow-behind.

It's a shame because the mounted unit would be so much more maneuverable and easier to store.
 

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Just a quick update. After another week of not being able to decide on which spreader to buy I finally ordered a tow behind tonight. I ended up getting a Spyker stainless steel 175 pound capacity tow behind. I was all set to get the cheaper powder coated version but at the last second clicked on the stainless unit. Hopefully it's as good as the reviews I read.

Spyker Pro Series Spreaders | 175 lb. Tow-Behind Commercial

 
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