So you’ve decided to buy a Scotts Broadcast spreader. You know that you want something that you can push around the garden and it has to be able to manage different products. You know that you want something that is easy to use. What you’re struggling with is which broadcast spreader would be the better choice for you between the Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader vs Scotts Pro Edgeguard Broadcast Spreader.
We will look at both products here and offer a comparison so that you can see everything on one page.
Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader Overview
The Scotts Mini Spreader is a walk-behind garden spreader which can cover areas up to 5000 square feet. That’s not to say you can’t use it for larger gardens but you would just have to refill it more often. This spreader comes to you ready assembled and calibrated so you can be ready to start work straight away.
This is a broadcast spreader which drops the feed down through the hopper onto a broadcasting plate. The plate turns as you move along the ground and it throws the product in an arc in front of you as you walk.
This is the smallest walk-behind spreader that Scotts make and it would certainly benefit you if you have problems pushing around heavy weight.
The Scotts mini spreader consists of a plastic moulded hopper which can hold enough product to cover 5000 square feet. The product is pushed down onto the plate with a plastic bar in the base which rotates around forcing the product down. There are 2 moulded wheels making it easy to push along the ground and the small size makes it easy to manoeuvre around your garden whether in a straight line or on a curve.
The handle also houses the control lever which allows you to block the flow of product when you are turning around at the edges of the lawn so you’re not spreading onto paths or into flower borders. The plate underneath that closes down the opening so that no product can go through also sets the flow for different products. There is a dial on the back of the hopper which is marked up from 1-15 with some half levels too. When you buy your feed to spread, the settings you need to use are marked on the back of the packet and you just need to set this level with this dial to get the correct spread rate for your garden.
This mini spreader also comes with EdgeGuard. What this does is block off the product on the left side which allows you to walk the perimeter of your lawn with no product coming out of the left side. This just gives you a bit more control so that you are not wasting product on your paths or spreading it in areas you don’t want.
As long as you use granular product you can spread it on your garden with this spreader. You can even use it for ice melt in the winter time.
Scotts Pro EdgeGuard Broadcast Spreader Overview
The Scotts Pro Spreader is another walk-behind spreader. It’s Scotts largest broadcast spreader and can cover areas up to 18000 square feet. You can use this for smaller gardens as you don’t have to fill it right up but the size allows you to get around your garden with less interruptions to refill the spreader.
This is a pro version which gives you a bigger sized black hopper. The process of spreading is the same as above, the product is pushed down onto the spreading plate by a plastic bar which rotates around as the wheels turn.
The plate throws the product out in a 180 degree spread of about 5 feet and that spread can change with the speed that you walk. This Scotts Pro spreader comes with pneumatic wheels which can make it easier to push over the ground and it handles rough patches easier.
The control lever for allowing feed to flow through the spreader is attached to the handle making it easy to turn on and off as you go around the garden without having to move your hands.
This pro spreader offers edgeguard technology too and with a flick of the switch which is also located on the handle. You can switch off the spread on the right of this spreader making treating the edges of your lawn more accurate and you don’t have to worry about different products landing in your borders.
Most products have spread number on the back of the packet so you feed you lawn with the correct amount. The dial to manage the spread is on the back of the hopper, the levels are easy to read and you just set it before you fill the hopper up.
Although this is a larger spreader is still offers good manoeuvrability around the curves of your garden, it is easy to push and has the ability to work with any granular product. This can also be used in the winter time to spread ice melt on the paths and drives for safe walking.
Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader vs Scotts Pro Edgeguard Broadcast Spreader
The main differences are firstly the hopper size, you can cover a larger area on one fill with the pro. The wheels are different, the pro offers pneumatic wheels for ease of movement especially with a full hopper, the mini has a plastic moulded wheel.
They both offer edgeguard but the controls for it on the Scotts Pro is on the handle and the Scotts mini on the back of the hopper. The Scotts Pro seems to be of a sturdier build. Of course there is also a difference in the Mini price which is about half that of the Pro price.
When you’re looking at the Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader vs Scotts Pro Edgeguard Broadcast Spreader it really depends on how big you’re garden is, whether you can store a bigger spreader and mostly whether you want to spend the extra money. If you are a professional gardener then the Scotts Pro will probably be a better fit.
If you have a small garden you will get all you need from the Scotts Mini Broadcast Spreader, it’s easy to manoeuvre in small spaces and it’s takes up a smaller space in the shed.