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Old 08-16-2008, 03:13 PM
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I have decided that i will purchase a handheld seed spreader for planting my clover. I do have a bumper buddy ATV speader and a scott's lawn spreader but i'm not sure i will get adequate coverage with either of those. At $4 per pound, i would rather just put in the extra hour or two to do it by hand. Below are three i'm deciding from. Which one should i buy?

1) http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/...g=true&cFlag=1

2) http://www.ranchoutlet.com/Earthway-...-Spreader-.htm

3) http://www.ranchoutlet.com/Earthway-...d-Spreader.htm

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Old 08-16-2008, 03:38 PM
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I use the #2 choice by Earthway. Easy to set for fine seed and the shoulder strap makes it easy to carry and much less tiring. Have spread hundreds of lbs with mine and have no complaints.

I also have a Mr. Buddy and have found that if you just crack the opening lever and screw a sheet rock screw into the plastic to use as a stop. You can do a pretty darn good job on small seed. Set it fine and make numerous trips around the plot with the atv. Spread and pack at the same time
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We use one of those Scott's hand held spreaders from Lowe's. You can keep the opening small. Yes, it takes a while, but like you said the seed is expensive, so we take a bit more time to make sure our coverage is even. Here's a pic of the clover spread by hand, and covered with a chain link drag. This plot is now 2 years old.
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I use the #2 choice by Earthway. Easy to set for fine seed and the shoulder strap makes it easy to carry and much less tiring. Have spread hundreds of lbs with mine and have no complaints.

I also have a Mr. Buddy and have found that if you just crack the opening lever and screw a sheet rock screw into the plastic to use as a stop. You can do a pretty darn good job on small seed. Set it fine and make numerous trips around the plot with the atv. Spread and pack at the same time

I agree completely. I have not used mine as much as Robert, but it is very easy to set and to spread. I do think i would do some price checking on that though. I don't remember where I bought mine last year but it seems like a spent between $25-$30.

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Old 08-16-2008, 09:39 PM
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I use a Solo Spreader, holds approx. 25lbs. of material. I got it at Agri Supply for about $50.00.
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Old 08-16-2008, 10:25 PM
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I also use the Earthway bag spreader in the 2nd link. I like it a lot. The only thing I'd change about it is maybe adding a little padding to the strap. If you fill the bag up to the top with seed, all that weight can rub pretty hard on the shoulder with that small strap as you walk along. I've rubbed blisters on my shoulder more than once. You might want to improvise something yourself if you get this model. As mentioned before, it works REALLY well with small seeds like clover, chicory, etc. And not a bad price either.

And as always, if you ever need to use it to broadcast fertilizer in a small area, make sure to wash it out well afterwards. Fertilizer destroys just about everything it comes in contact with.
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I use choice #2 as well.
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:06 PM
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This is the best hand spreader I have ever used.http://www.solousa.com/store/flypage..._spreader.html
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Gotta say that the "Solo" is one sweet looking rig. Might just might be my next investment.
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This is a Great speader, got mine online at Ace hardware.
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What about the one QDMA ia offering? I think I will support them on my next one.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:11 AM
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I use the scott handheld for everything from clover to brassicas, buckwheat, and even spreading fert on the smaller plots. High quality, no problems.
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I've also got a Solo and love it.
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:00 PM
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Any reason for the difference in price b/w the Solo site and Ace Hardware?

$47.25 at www.acehardwareoutlet.com
$89.95 at www.solousa.com
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:23 PM
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Any reason for the difference in price b/w the Solo site and Ace Hardware?

$47.25 at www.acehardwareoutlet.com
$89.95 at www.solousa.com


Well it sure as heck looks like the same thing. It is a good looking spreader, I might have to invest in one of those as well.


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I have a Solo and it really meters the fine seeds. However since my chest has fallen to my middle, the rear controls are difficult to use. It has only one shoulder strap which kicks it sideways and forces you to hold it upright. Still better for small seed than anything else I have used.
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:20 PM
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I purchased my Solo from Ace Hardware and have not had any problems at all. Spreads all size seeds equally well.






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Any reason for the difference in price b/w the Solo site and Ace Hardware?

$47.25 at www.acehardwareoutlet.com
$89.95 at www.solousa.com
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:39 PM
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all look like good spreaders. What ever you do, DONT buy #3. I seeded 1 acre w/ it today and no strap and my arm felt like it was going to fall off. You def. want one w/ a strap.
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:34 PM
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I bought one just like this from Target, it's great. It has a brace for your forearm that takes some weight off your wrist. This spring my brother in law and I loaded up our backpacks with seed and walked around the property over-seeding existing plots, it was great.

http://www.onestopshopcatalog.com/scotts71133.html
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