Drop spreaders are great for putting down applications around areas that have lots of obstacles.
They are excellent at spreading an application precisely.
For example, if you are spreading weed control and you don’t want to get it in your plant beds, a drop spreader can produce a perfect “edge” of the application.
Quick Look: Here are the best drop spreaders in 2019:
- Scotts Classic Drop Spreader: best drop spreader for most homeowners, simple, easy to use and priced right
- Lesco 092474: without question the best of the best, but very expensive
- Earthway 7312: good choice for larger applications, 75lb hopper and made in the USA
- Spyker P70-12010: very high quality commercial grade spreader, very expensive
They can be used to spread a variety of substances, including:
- Grass Seed
- Seed and Feed Mixtures
- Ice Melt
Unlike a broadcast spreader which spreads seeds over a wide distance, a drop spreader only covers areas it crosses
Broadcast spreaders (push, tow or ATV) can cover large areas in a short amount of
What to Look for in a Drop Spreader
Drop spreaders are extremely simple – which is why they are so popular for certain jobs.
The axle and wheels should be durable as well. Most drop spreaders come with wheels that are 10 to 12 inches.
This gives ample room for the seed to drop to the ground as the spreader passes over. It also keeps the hopper high enough off of the ground so that objects it passes over cannot block the holes and obstruct the flow of seed.
Plastic wheels are lighter and cheaper to make, but don’t work as well over large bumps or uneven ground. They don’t require any maintenance.
Pneumatic tires are great for hills and rougher terrain, but they require regular maintenance – in most cases.
The handle on a drop spreader should be high enough for a person to easily push it in front of them
Some spreaders have adjustable settings so the handles can be raised or lowered as needed, depending on the height of the individual using it
In some cases, cushions are placed on the handle to improve grip and relieve stress on the hands.
Measure the size of your yard and determine how much product you need to store in your hopper to avoid repeated refills.
There is no need to buy a spreader with a hopper capacity that you will never use, but you also don’t want to buy one that is too small that requires multiple refills per application.
Make sure to buy a spreader that allows you to adjust the flow rate. Different products will have different application rates, so it’s important to be able to adjust the hoppers opening easily.
Drop Spreader Reviews
1) Scotts Classic Drop Spreader
- Simple & easy to use
- Will last years if used correctly and maintained
- Not for use in commercial applications
- On/off cable can rust if not maintained
The Scotts Classic drop spreader is simple, easy to use and inexpensive. If you are a homeowner (with a small yard) this a good spreader for you. It can hold about 10,000 square feet of product (depending on your spread rate) and has a 22″ drop pattern.
This is also a good addition to yards that have a lot of edges where a typical broadcast spreader may get too much product outside of the intended application areas.
2) Lesco 092474 Drop Spreader
- Commercial level build
- Large hopper holds 120 pounds
- Pneumatic tires are great for uneven ground
The Lesco 092474 (
It holds 120 pounds of product and has a spreading width of 36 inches. The tires are pneumatic and handle bumps well. The hopper bottom is made out of stainless steel so it will not rust.
If you need the best, go with this drop spreader!
3) Earthway 7312 Drop Spreader
- Big hopper
- Large tires that are easy to maneuver
- Guage lever works well and is simple to calibrate
- Foam handle can come apart too easily
- Overall frame feels a little flimsy
The Earthway 7312 drop spreaders is a good choice for homeowners that need a larger hopper. It is comparable to the Scotts spreader, but has a few more features.
The tires are semi-pneumatic which means they aren’t plastic, but more like soft rubber. They aren’t inflatable.
The hopper holds 75 pounds of product and has a spread width of 22 inches. It works well to spread salt and lawn products.
If you are looking for an upgrade from the Scotts spreader, but don’t want to spend a fortune, check out the 7312.
4) Spyker P70-12010 Commercial Drop Spreader
- Very solid steel frame
- Large pneumatic tires
- Hopper controls are well made and straightforward to use
The Spyker P70-12010 drop spreader is the second best commercial level spreader on the market. I’m a bit biased towards the Lesco brand, but Spyker is right there with them.
The P70-12010 is an awesome piece of lawn equipment – but very expensive. It can hold up to 120 pounds of product, has a complete powered coated steel frame, large pneumatic tires and a 36″ spread width.
The hopper controls are easy to use and feel extremely durable.
If you need an expensive, everyday type of drop spreader, go with the Scotts. It’s inexpensive and easy to use.
But if you want the best, and can afford to spend the extra money, the Lesco 092474 is hard to beat!
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