Today we’ll be reviewing the Scotts Turf Builder Classic Drop Spreader. We’ll be looking at why you would choose it, what it’s used for and whether it is better for you than a walk behind broadcast spreader or even a hand-held broadcast spreader like the Scotts Wizz Hand-Held Spreader.
When you have a home with a big garden that you need to maintain, it may be confusing to know what tools you require and the best tools for the job. If your garden is up to 10,000 square feet then this Scotts drop spreader could be the right tool for you.
Scotts Turf Builder Classic Drop Spreader Review
Throughout the growing season you may need to use a garden spreader numerous times, when weeding your lawn, when feeding your lawn on a regular basis and even if you need to re-seed your lawn to cover any bare patches, so having a tool that is easy to use and set up can be very helpful. Will this drop spreader be helpful for you?
Features of the Classic Drop Spreader
- Large capacity hopper holds more than 10,000 square feet of Scotts lawn products
- Heavy-duty frame for optimum stability
- 22-inch spread pattern for maximum coverage and accuracy.
- Fully assembled and ready to use.
- Ready to use and pre-calibrated
If you choose a Scotts Turf Builder Classic Drop Spreader you will be ready to go straight away as it comes full assembled and pre-calibrated. It’s suitable for medium size gardens up to 10,000 square feet. Its sturdy and can easily hold enough product to cover the area you want to treat.
What is a drop spreader?
Basically, a drop spreader is a hopper which holds product like lawn feed, with a rotary feeder at the bottom of it which moves the feed to the opening at the bottom for dropping it onto the garden. The opening can be adjusted to give the correct amount of dispensation, depending on the type of product you are using.
There is usually a guide on the back of the feed to give the right settings for correct coverage. The hopper sits on top of a frame with wheels so that you can easily push it back and forth to spread the feed. There is usually a lever on the handle to release the product as you’re walking and to stop it as you’re turning. Reasonably simple and straight forward to use.
What is the difference between a broadcast spreader and a drop spreader?
A broadcast spreader uses a spinning disc to throw the product out in an arc as if you were spreading it by hand, it’s faster to spread your feed using this method but it’s not as accurate and can get product in areas where you don’t want it, not good if you’re using weedkiller.
It works better on lawns with simple shapes and not many nooks and crannies. You can have hand-held, walk behind and you can also get tow behind broadcast spreaders. Calibration is usually factory set.
The best drop spreader does what it says, it literally drops the product out of the bottom of the spreader but as it is a set width it is easier to calculate how much product is required and to apply it more accurately.
It takes longer to cover an area with product, if you are using feed and weed products then this is the best type to use so that you don’t get weedkiller on flower or shrub borders. This needs to be calibrated at the beginning of each season to keep the accuracy.
How do you calibrate a drop spreader?
You want to calibrate your Scotts drop spreader before the first use in the spring. Attached to the control lever is a green tube with the cable coming out of it, this is a micrometer and it has a little square cutout with yellow showing, turn this micrometer to adjust the settings, for this spreader the setting should be 8.
Now turn your spreader upside down, you are going to need to press the lever with your foot so you can line up the check marks.
You are looking on the edge of the holes towards the centre of the spreader there will be a circle mark with a line across it, this is your guide mark.
On the black shut off bar that moves when you press the lever at the same place as your guide mark there is a raised pointer line, the edge of this line should be in line with the guide mark in the circle.
If all lines up your good to go if the guide mark is below the black pointer you need turn the adjustment nut on the cable counter clockwise with a wrench, if the guide mark is above the black pointer adjust the nut clockwise till they line up. All done for another year
Customers are liking this product for the quality and the good price, and many buy it for spreading fertiliser with weed control.
People are liking the size of this spreader allowing them to fill up less and finish the job quicker.
Customers are also finding it light and easy to use even on slopes.
Negatives are the fact that you can’t lock the lever into the on position. Some customers found that they couldn’t get the lever to shut properly when release and people felt it didn’t give an even spread
This Scotts drop spreader won’t make the job quicker for you but for jobs that require accuracy like for weedkiller or weedkiller mixes this is perfect. You might find the need to have both types of garden spreader depending on what type of treatments you want for your lawn so you can combine speed and accuracy.