Pull behind spreaders are ideal for spreading grass seed, fertilizer or combinations of both on large areas of lawns, meadows or sports fields. They are designed to broadcast seed over a large area in a relatively short amount of time. Most are designed to attach easily to lawn and garden tractors or ATV’s.
What to Look for in a Pull Behind Spreader
There are several things to look for if a homeowner is planning on investing a pull behind spreader to help maintain their lawn. One of the most important is durable construction. The frame of the cart should be sturdy and able to bear the weight of the spreader without bowing or buckling. The mechanism should work smoothly and allow seed to flow freely through the system. The hopper should be made of durable plastic or resin material that can stand up to the weight of the seed it is designed to hold.
It should hook up to a lawn and garden tractor or ATV easily and provide little resistance when being pulled across the yard. Tires should be wide enough to support the weight of the seed without leaving deep tracks in the ground or existing ground cover.
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Tow Behind Spreader Features
For a pull behind spreader, an important feature is the hand mechanism used to release the seed through the system. It should be easily within reach and comfortable to grip. Due to its capacity and size, the broadcast range should reach anywhere from 10 to 15 feet depending on the size of the gear and accompanying mechanisms.
Several pull behind spreaders come equipped with a lid that will fit loosely over the hopper. This prevents debris from falling in and obstructing the flow of seed or fertilizer during broadcasting. When looking for a tow behind spreader, always look closely at the broadcasting mechanism. Plastic mechanisms will not rust or bend easily and can be trusted to provide years of lasting service.
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Agri-fab pull behind spreaders come in several sizes. Smaller versions can carry up to 75 pounds of seed while larger models can carry almost 175 pounds. With a full load of seed and spread width set to 12 feet, a pull behind spreader can cover an area of almost 40,000 square feet. The width of the broadcast area and the amount of seed the spreader is capable of carrying will determine the number of passes it will take to completely cover an area. Attaches to tractors and ATV’s with a simple pull pin and mounts easily for fast and efficient transport.
Spyker tow behind spreaders have a 175 pound see capacity. They come equipped with durable hoppers made of thick plastic that are firmly attached to a well constructed metal, pull behind frame. The spreader attaches easily to any lawn and garden tractor or ATV that has a pull pin mount. Works extremely well for broadcasting both seed and fertilizer and will cover large areas in a short period of time. Spyker spreaders range in price from $280 to just over $500. Spyker pull behind spreaders come with a 1 – year guarantee.
Earthway offers two types of spreaders. The first is a manually operated version that fits most ATV’s and lawn tractors. The other operates with the use of a small, sealed 12 volt motor and works well attached to an ATV or larger version of garden tractor. All Earthway spreaders are equipped with durable, lightweight hoppers that can hold anywhere from 100 to 175 pounds of seed depending on their size. The carriage is made of metal and designed to adequately support the weight of the product during the broadcasting process. The gear mechanism has been designed for maximum flow control and the reduced risk of clumping that can cause obstructions to occur.
Precision Products Spreaders
Precision broadcast spreaders include a durable plastic hopper, 10 inch pneumatic wheels, a vinyl cover, adjustable spreader control and metal broadcasting mechanism with outside access for greasing and easy maintenance. It attaches easily to most riding lawn mowers and ATV’s that are set up for pull pin attachments. The convenient vinyl cover prevents debris from falling into the hopper or moisture from collecting and causing the seed or fertilizer to clump up and obstruct the flow. Precision spreaders can be found at Wal-mart as well as Amazon.com.
Husqvarna tow behind spreaders come in a variety of sizes. Smaller models can carry up to 85 pounds of seed, while larger models can carry a maximum of 130 pounds. Husqvarna models offers 10 to 12 inch broadcast width and have a convenient slide mechanism that helps the operator to accommodate the settings as they go. The spreader rests on a metal framed cart with 14 inch, turf tread, pneumatic tires. Tires are approximately 4 inches wide and are designed to leave behind minimal tracking during broadcasting. Attaches to tractors and ATV’s with a simple hitch pin assembly.