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Scotts 76121 Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader Review

Scotts is one of the leading brands when it comes to lawn care products. One thing is certain when discussing this particular company and its products, people either love them or hate them. Individuals who are fond of the Scotts’ product line are normally completely dedicated to using their products exclusively. Scotts has a long standing reputation for offering fast, efficient and knowledgeable customer service. Every product they manufacture has a warranty and a money back guarantee.


The Scotts 76121 Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader features the patented EdgeGuard technology that prevents material from being spread into areas where it is not wanted. This is one of the most influential benefits Scotts broadcast spreaders have and a main reason for many people recommending the spreader to others. Other features include:

  • Superior results when used with other Scotts products
  • Pre-calibrated for efficiency and accuracy
  • No assembly required
  • Extra large hopper holds up to 5,000 square feet of product

The spreader also comes with a money back guarantee and the benefit of being able to call the company’s customer service department when there are questions about how to calculate distribution rates and make minor repairs to the spreader.


One of the main advantages of the Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader is the fact that it comes already assembled. No instructions to read or tools to find, it comes ready to use. It is extremely light weight and can be stored easily. With proper care and cleaning, homeowners claim the spreader will last for several seasons and perform without issue.

The Scotts name brings with it a reputation for quality materials and construction. Many reviews that are of a positive nature have to do with the uniformity and accuracy of how the product distributes whatever material is being used. In some cases, customers who use the Scotts line of spreaders prefer to use only Scotts brand grass seed and fertilizer.


There are several negative reviews about the Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader. Although a few seem to be rather generic, others have legitimate complaints about how the spreader operates under certain conditions.

  • Does not always distribute materials effectively due to the way the mechanism and hopper is designed
  • Plastic broadcasting mechanism is cheaply made and poorly built causing it to hang up within the gearbox and clog easily
  • Doesn’t include an accurate rate calculator for determining the rate of spread or an effective way of figuring out how much product is being distributed at different speeds
  • Wheels trap fertilizer as it is being distributed causing it to drop large quantities in one area

Wheels are made of cheap plastic with large open areas facing the distribution mechanism. As the fertilizer or other product is being spread, it can collect in the open areas of the wheel. When the wheel turns, large drops of the material is then deposited on the ground causing the grass to be damaged. The wheels poor construction also causes them to break or crack with extended use.


Scotts products are among some of the most well known and often used in the lawn care industry. It stands to reason that the cheaper products in their spreader line are also the ones that are the most cheaply made. Many customers have commented in the reviews that the best Scotts products available are those that cost a little more. The more expensive they are, the better built they seem to be. The Scotts 76121 Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader is not one of those.

This can be said for other products manufactured by the company as well. The consensus is that if a product is bought to last, make sure to spend a little extra money and get the products that are proven to be durable and reliable.

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