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Hi all!
What are people's experience with the Landpride FSP spreader lineup?
I am looking at the FSP500 to spread sand on my 750' driveway using my 1026r. Has anyone had issues with this spreader or the material that I am intending to spread with it?
Much appreciated!


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I see the operating height is specified as 27 1/2" to 31 1/2" with a maximum PTO angle of 25 degrees. You may want to consult Land Pride tech support to see if they are aware of any issues when used with the limited Cat-1 3PH on the 1-series.

They should also be able to give you an idea how wide of a spread pattern you can expect using the intended material. It looks like most of the material has a minimum spread of 20-feet.
 

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I have one of these. I use it for fertilizer and seed in a field, but can’t really imaging trying to contain the spread to 10-15’. I get at least 20’ of throw on either side, usually 30. It’s wonderful for covering a large area, but precise it is not. =)
 

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HunterWare, I see you have the same tractor. How high is the 1026r able to lift it?
If I keep it about 1 foot off the ground and throttle down, would that be enough to limit the spread?
How would it hold up to heavier material than seed or fertilizer?

I have 2 dealers of Landpride in my area, one has the right price, the other said it would not hold up to sand/salt and tried to steer me to a $2k unit.


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It’s been a bit, but I’d say I usually run it about 2-3 ft high. You will need to adjust your top link for level at a given height. I’ve cast several thousand lbs of granular fertilizer, but that separates and flows really easily. I’d guess (repeat: guess) that a really dry nice sand would flow and cast Ok, but I’d also presume that someone else will come along with actual experience along these lines.

I’ll just say that it really throws the stuff hard at PTO rpm, if it was to work I’d suspect you’d want to be at really low rpm. You want a slightly widened drop vs a throw.
 

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Perhaps the gate opens larger on the Landpride than the spreaders I'm familiar with for spreading seed and fertilizer but if it doesn't, I see the spreader capable of spreading dry sand well however sand with any moister could become rather troublesome.
 

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In the information on the seeder it says "agitator arm and plastic wheel"
I have to wonder even with screened fine dry sand if that won't be too much for that to work in and break at least the agitator arm if not more?

Unless you have other uses for the spreader, I would call the manufacturer and see what they have to say about spreading sand. I wouldn't trust what any local salesman says about the time of day while I was looking at my watch..
 

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Unless you have other uses for the spreader, I would call the manufacturer and see what they have to say about spreading sand.
The manual has this to say:

Application
The Land Pride FSP500, FSP700, and FSP1000 arerotary/spin type broadcast spreaders designed forCategory 1, three-point hitch mounting. They are capableof spreading seed, sand, salt, top dressings, lime, prilled/granular fertilizer, and most all other types of granularmaterials at delivery rates ranging from 43-890 lbs. peracre.
 

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I can tell you that these PTO driven spreaders have the capability to really throw the material in a wide area. I couldn't get mine to throw granular fertilizer less than 30 feet wide no matter how slow and reasonably low to the ground I ran it. Running it at the PTO settings on the tach, holy cow, I bet it threw fertilizer 65 feet + wide from side to side.

I tested it in my 35' wide streets to see how much material it threw. I also measured it in the cul de sac, which is nearly 100 feet in diameter. Granted, granular fertilizer is going to roll some on pavement, but even on the lawn it was at least 30 feet wide at the lowest and slowest settings. I was overlapping far too much when I had the spreader set at the suggested material flow rates.

With my prior pull behind spreader with 300lb capacity, which was broadcast with the spreading spin being driven by the rotation of the spreader wheels, I could cover a width in the lawn of about 15' to 18'. I overlapped accordingly. The 3 point PTO driven spreader is a whole different animal in spreading width, spreading material volume and loaded material capacity.

Keeping the snow and moisture off the sand in the hopper is going to be key to a good material flow. The hopper is going to have to be covered whenever outside. I have no doubt it can spread sand, but I would expect the moisture to wreak havoc on causing clumping, etc. as well as inconsistency.

If you have a cab or enclosure on your tractor, you will find opening and closing the spreaders control valve a challenge as it's hard to reach with a cab or enclosure on the tractor and will likely require you to get off, open the spreader, get in the cab, turn on the spreader and then, you have a blast of heavy material for the time the spreader is flowing before it is spinning.

The density of sand and it's weight are going to make for an excellent rear ballast / counter balance. It won't take long to have 500 pounds of sand in the hopper. Even the small 3 point PTO spreader would be very heavy were it to be filled with sand.

I would also suggest if you use a 3 point spreader for sand, put very little in the hopper while you are determining spreader widths and volumes, maybe start with 30 to 50 pounds. Because if the spreader does clog or have issues, removing the material is a pain, so you want the least amount in the hopper to permit you to see if the spreader is doing what you want it to.

I plow a lot of driveways (17 this season right now) and at least 3 of those require regular snow melt application of material. I found that for my needs, the spreader just provides way too much material and throws it well beyond the driveway width. I choose to use a hand held electric spreader and with the snow melt I am using, a little goes a long ways.

I can cover most 100 feet long driveways and the parking area as well as the front home entrance steps, etc. with less than 6 pounds of snow melt product. Using that amount, I am able to keep the surfaces clear of all snow and ice other than during the worst snowfall conditions.
 
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Also, please note the following instructions in the product manual.

IIMPORTANT:

Agitator should only be used with light
fluffy material such as grass seeds. Do not use
agitator with heavy dense materials such as
fertilizer, salt, and sand. Doing so can break the
agitator.
 

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If you need to spread sand or salt for winter it might be best to look at some of the spreaders that are designed specifically with sand/salt in mind. Many of these can attach via a 2" receiver hitch to the back of the tractor and have an electric motor so no PTO required. A lot of them also offer a wireless remote control.

Check out Meyer, SnowEx, Bossplow and Snoway.
 

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If you need to spread sand or salt for winter it might be best to look at some of the spreaders that are designed specifically with sand/salt in mind. Many of these can attach via a 2" receiver hitch to the back of the tractor and have an electric motor so no PTO required. A lot of them also offer a wireless remote control.

Check out Meyer, SnowEx, Bossplow and Snoway.

I wonder if you had the 2" receiver on the front bucket if that would work for this style of spreader, I have started looking into a sand/salt spreader. If it could be hooked up to the bucket there would be no need to remove rear blower for use.
 
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Wouldn't that be true with any spreader?


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I have seen spreaders chunking just about whatever you want to pour in them during the winter but none of them was Ag/lawn spreaders. Even with the agitator I have problems getting my spreader to fully empty itself at times when spreading certain seeds. I may be underestimating the capability of the spreaders. Buy one and give it a shot, if you do please report back with the results.
 
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I wonder if you had the 2" receiver on the front bucket if that would work for this style of spreader, I have started looking into a sand/salt spreader. If it could be hooked up to the bucket there would be no need to remove rear blower for use.
You would just need to figure if the total weight of the loaded spreader would be too much for a bucket mounted receiver hitch. Now, if you had something like the Artillian fork frame with the integral receiver hitch I suspect you wouldn't have any worries.

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With the JD quick attach it would only take seconds to switch between the bucket and the fork frame (sans forks). If you already have an Artillian frame you could use the hitch adapter.

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Find or invent/build a clamp on to bucket edge with a 2" receiver hitch adapter.
It should be able to handle 2 - 300 LB load.
Clamp on pallet forks seem to be successful enough. This should work also.
 
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