We will be reviewing the Earthway 40 lb. Estate Broadcast Spreader for any person out there who is looking for a spreading tool for the garden or for winter use.
We’ll discuss the features to see if it will do what you want it to, and we’ll check out the customers reviews of this garden spreader to get an all round view.
If you’re not sure if you want a walk behind spreader or a hand-held version check our review on the Scotts Wizz Hand-Held Spreader so you can see what it can do.
Earthway 40 lb. Estate Broadcast Spreader, Garden Seeder, Salt Spreader Review
What is there about the Earthway 40 lb. Estate Broadcast Spreader that makes it a product worth buying when it comes to applying products onto your garden. Let’s have a look..
Features of the Earthway Estate
- EVEN SPREAD – EV-N-SPRED 3-Hole Drop Shut-Off System.
- HIGH CAPACITY – 40 lb.Hopper capacity– rustproof poly construction.
- GET ROLLING – 8″/25cm diameter semi-pneumatic wheels.
- HEAVY LOADS – Frame support 100 lb. load bearing capacity.
- SOLID CONSTRUCTION – Steel “T” bar handle and solid linkage.
This Earthway broadcast spreader has a metal handle which is constructed from 2 steel tubes coming up from the wheels joining into a single shaft and then into 2 handles for easy control. There are 2 metal feet on the back so it is sturdy when you are filling it up. This means there is little chance of it tipping over. Consequently it’s well manufactured and can withstand a lot of garden work.
The frame is joined to 2 x wheels which sport 8″/25cm diameter semi-pneumatic wheels so no problem with rust on these wheels. The benefit of having these type of wheels is to give you a positive traction with easy walking. No matter what the terrain you are covering it gives a more even spread of product.
This bright red hopper of this broadcast spreader is made of durable plastic and can hold 40lb of product. Whether you want to feed your lawn with a fertiliser or clear your drive from ice with ice melt or salt this will help.
The construction and shape makes it narrow enough to go through gates or to go down narrow paths. Despite this it is deep enough to hold the products without spilling.
The hopper has 3 holes in the bottom to allow the product to drop through. This is helped by a small metal agitator which rotates with the movement of the wheels to drive the product and keep it moving into the holes.
The Ev-N-Spred drop system has been designed to give what it says, which is as even a spread as possible.
The system includes a spinner underneath the hopper which turns with the movement of the wheels, the product drops onto the spinner through the holes in the hopper and is broadcast in front of the spreader as you walk along.
This is another reason you want good wheels that allow smooth turning without getting stuck on small bumps in the ground and stones so that the spinner gets to spin in an even manner for even distribution.
We know that there are holes in the hopper and a spinner controlled by the wheels but how do you control the speed of the granules onto the spinner, as different products might require different rates of application. This Earthway spreader has a metal control lever near the handles so its easy to adjust. The control lever is attached to the shutters which open and shut under the holes in the hopper to allow the product to flow through, the level of the shutters opening is determined by the rate setting guide.
There is a moveable stopper adjusted by a wing nut so easy to loosen and tighten, which you move to the correct setting usually provided on the back of the product. The lever then can only move as far as the stopper which determines the size of the opening under the hopper. The lever is attached to a metal rod rather than a cable to manoeuvre the shutter so you will always have a consistent action as there is no way it can stretch.
This is a very simple to control rotary spreader, easy to adjust the settings and small enough to easily control around the garden. It can be used in areas as small as 100 square feet to areas of up to 1 acre.
This garden spreader has a large enough aperture in the hopper to be able to use salt in it for winter spreading or ice melt. The tires make for easy movement over ice and snow and it is narrow enough to manoeuvre around cars and paths to apply the salt for safe walking.
Customers have found that this is easy and smooth to use, it gives consistent broadcast of product. Others are not only happy with the nice even spread it’s easy to walk behind when full. Most customers have found it very easy to put together and feel it is a quality product.
The negatives are that the instructions were bad and some people had problems assembling it, some customers found the cotter pin unsuitable for the job at hand.
If you’re looking for a medium duty spreader which is constructed well and has some commercial features then this is the spreader you should check out.
The standard of construction should give a product that can last for years. It can handle fertiliser, grass seed and salt as well as other granulated garden products. You will be able to use this Earthway 40 lb. Estate Broadcast Spreader all year round.