We’ll be looking at the features of this broadcast garden spreader so you can make an informed decision whether it will work for you and your garden.
We’ll also be looking at customer opinion to see what they have to say about this garden spreader and whether they would recommend it.
Agri-Fab 45-0462 Push Broadcast Spreader Review
Let’s look at the features of the Agri-Fab 45-0462..
- Rustproof poly hopper
- Solid rod gate control
- Enclosed taper and bevel gear box
- Pneumatic tires
- Optional Pro Kit with sheild available
When you’re investing in garden tools you want them to last for a long time so you can get your money’s worth out of them. The Agri-Fab lawn spreader doesn’t come ready assembled so you need to allow yourself time to become familiar with the parts and put it together.
One of the good features about this spreader is the fact that the gear box is enclosed in a plastic outer casing which helps protect it from damp and particles getting into it. It’s attached to the wheel shaft which is also metal so offering a strong base for the weight of product you’ll place inside.
The wheels are 13 inches in diameter with pneumatic tires, this makes for a smooth path around your garden not matter how much product you’re carrying, it also makes it easier to push over bumpy ground.
A large hopper
On this Agri-Fab spreader there is a large poly hopper which will hold enough product to do up to 25,000 square feet, there is a hole in the bottom of the hopper to allow your garden product to drop onto the spreader plate. There is a cotter pin near the opening in the hopper which turns around when the wheels are moving and it agitates the product moving it towards the exit point.
There is a flow plate which closes over the opening at the bottom of the hopper and it can be adjusted to allow a small or larger opening depending which product you are using at that time.
The flow plate is controlled by a solid rod gate control, not using a cable means you don’t have a problem with it stretching over time, and it keeps the flow more accurate. This rod is attached to the flow control mount bracket on the handle of the spreader.
Easy to adjust
The bracket is marked up with levels from 1-10 and you can adjust it by moving the stop with the wing nut to the right number that you need.
There is a lever on the bracket which has an on/off position, you keep it off when you want the flow plate closed, when you’re moving into position onto your lawn and you move it up to the flow control stop once you start walking. The plate will open to a width dependent on the adjustment level you have chosen.
The garden product falls through the opening and onto the broadcasting plate underneath the hopper which usually spreads your feed around 8 – 10 feet in an even spread in front of you as you walk. The speed you walk can affect the spread of the granules, so the speed you walk can give you an extra point of adjustment as you go.
How to use
To know the flow setting to use for you feed or fertilizer depends on the guidelines given on the back of the product there is also an information in the users manual if the product doesn’t help you.
Once you have set up your Agri-Fab 45-0462 spreader it’s time to work out how much product you need depending on the square footage of your back yard. Fill the hopper with the right amount of feed that you require breaking up any lumps you might find which might affect the flow.
It’s not recommended to use powdered products as it is too difficult to control the broadcast, granulated or pelleted is the best to use and gives more accurate coverage.
It’s always better to open the flow lever when you’re in motion to stop you from getting a small pile of product at your starting point. When you see the throw position in front touching the end or your row close the lever then till you turn around so you don’t get product where you don’t want it.
Obviously an even spread of the product is the name of the game and you can set you walking path so you overlap slightly and try and keep your pace even as the faster you go the wider the spread. Damp conditions may affect the flow of certain products and you may have to make small adjustments in these conditions.
There are Agri-Fab accessories that can be bought if you require them, a hopper cover which can protect from wet weather and wind spills, a grate kit which improves flow and a deflector shield which can protect from overspreading.
Customers are finding that the spreader is well constructed and the assembly is relatively easy.
Buyers have found the fixed handlebars make it easy to use whether you are short or tall. They have found that it is large, stable and sturdy and rides smoothly even over rough terrain.
Negatives found were some customers found it difficult to assemble, some people found that the flow control wouldn’t work correctly for them, and it didn’t have an edge guard.
If you are looking for a push broadcast spreader for quick garden treatment of a large square footage of garden then this Agri-Fab 45-0462 Push Broadcast Spreader is a good choice to make for you. The settings are close to hand and easy to use and the pneumatic wheels make for an easier push around the garden.