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Scotts 76232 Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader Review

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader is one of the most well known of all broadcast spreaders. To many Scotts is considered to be one of the most well respected names in the landscaping industry. Homeowners have relied on the Scotts brand to help them achieve their lawn care goals for several years. Scotts is also known for its technological advancements when it comes to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of their broadcast spreaders and other tools used in the industry.

Features

The Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader come equipped with the new EdgeGuard technology that prevents seed and fertilizer to be thrown backward onto the operator. The EdgeGuard is exclusive to Scott’s spreaders and protects not only the operator, but prevents the material from being spread into areas where it doesn't belong, such as flower beds, sidewalks and driveways. Other features include:

  • Control panel with adjustable settings
  • Precision rate for maximum coverage
  • Holds enough product to sufficiently cover up to 15,000 square feet
  • Superior quality in terms of both construction and materials
  • Cost efficient allowing for maximum coverage with minimal waste of the product being distributed

Scotts offers a money back guarantee on all of its products including their lawn spreaders, seed mixes and fertilizer blends.

Pros

Customer reviews that were positive in nature were based on several things. The fact that the Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader was inexpensive made it popular from the beginning. Most of the people who submitted reviews of the product also mentioned:

  • Easy clean up
  • Easy to store
  • Simple instructions
  • Easy to operate

The unit was easy to assemble and had extremely simple directions that could be followed without much trouble. The spreader works exceptionally when Scotts brand materials are used. Scotts grass seed, fertilizer mix and weed killer are formulated to spread easily and uniformly. Many customers claimed that the unit worked better when Scotts products were used. Customers also relied heavily on the precision and accuracy of the distribution and rate settings.

Cons

Although the Scotts name is well known, and in many cases, well respected, the Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader did seem to have more than its fair share of negative reviews. Constant among the complaints was the mention of poorly constructed wheels and the use of cheap materials that caused the unit to not be as sturdy as customers felt it should be.

One of the biggest problems many users had with the spreader was the wheels. Each wheel had large holes on the inside that faced the distribution mechanism. This would result in large accumulations of the product being distributed in the wheels themselves. As the accumulation grew, large deposits would eventually end up in various spots of the yard. If fertilizer was being spread, the yard would end up with large areas of burnt grass where the excess product had dropped from the wheels and landed in the grass.

Another common complaint was that the drive wheel would stick during the application process. This would result in uneven distribution and blockages within the gear box.

Conclusion

The Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard DLX Broadcast Spreader seems to be quite efficient and effective when it comes to uniform distribution. It does have major problems when it comes to the materials it is made with as well as how it is put together. The wheels alone are a sticking point with many of the customers who purchased the spreader just to end up with large patches of dead grass due to the overexposure of fertilizer. Much more work needs to be done on this spreaders’ design before it will meet the expectations of many of the customers who have tried it in the past.

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