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If you have a smaller sized garden you might be interested in our review for the Solo 421 20-Pound Capacity Portable Spreader.
This is a hand held broadcast spreader and it is the perfect garden tool when you’re garden is small enough for it to be easier to walk with a hand held rather than to organise a push spreader like the Scotts EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader which is suitable for small gardens.
We’ll be looking at the features of the Solo 421 20-Pound to see if it can offer something different. We’ll also be checking customer opinion to see if they find it easy to use and whether they like it. If you want to compare it to another hand held spreader read our review on the Scotts Wizz Hand-Held Spreader to see which one you like best for your situation.
Solo 421 20-Pound Capacity Portable Spreader Review
Features of the Solo 421….
- Fingertip levers control direction and volume
- Fully enclosed gearbox-driven agitator is corrosion resistant
- Large opening allows easy filling and cleaning
- 20 lbs capacity hopper with cap protects operator from chemicals and dust
- Comfortable cross-shoulder strap
The Solo Hand Seed Spreader comes in the box fully assembled apart from the handle needing to be attached so you can be ready to use it straight out of the box.
This portable spreader has a plastic hopper which can hold 20 lbs of granulated product for spreading. One of the problems of hand held spreaders is that they are open to the elements. Unless you use a zippered bag type like the Earthway 2750 most can’t be closed.
Has a lidded hopper
This spreader manages to get past that problem by providing a screw on cap which not only provides protection from the product getting wet but from dust from the products getting in your face.
Because the hopper is firm plastic it can stand on the floor when filling as it is stable whether empty or full and the opening of 6 inches diameter is large enough to be easy to fill and with the lid twisted on you won’t spill it.
The hopper sits on the front of your body and is held in place with a padded strap which crosses over your shoulder and down your back to the bottom of the spreader. This strap keeps the weight of the loaded spreader comfortable with the snug fit helping to reduct fatigue and it is easy to turn the crank to disperse the products used.
The gearbox on the Solo 421 20-Pound Capacity Portable Spreader that turns the agitator and the broadcasting plate is fully enclosed. What that means to you is that it is resistant to corrosion and gives long life and durability.
There is a guage on the unit so you can select the size of the opening at the bottom of the hopper to control the speed of the flow onto the broadcasting plate to be spread. The level is set and the position is held by tightening the screw top of the flow level stopper.
This holds it in place so when you open up the flow plate by sliding the lever to open it will only go as far as the flow level stopper. The lever is easy to move but might be a little difficult to see when you have the spreader loaded on your chest so you need to identify where it is so you can find it without looking.
There are a couple of options on the Solo 421 to control the flow of the product you are using, there is a lever on the front of the unit which is a directional flow lever. You can set it to the centre or left or right which can help when you are trying to avoid borders and paths.
There is also a moveable plate which is an edge guard on the right of the unit so that you can stop the spread of product to your right. This is great for working yourself around the perimeter of your lawn assuming you walk counter clockwise, before working backwards and forwards within it. This is hinged so easy to push into place and then out of the way when you want a full broadcast.
As with all manual hand held spreaders you can control the width of the broadcast by the speed that you walk and the speed in which you turn the crank handle.
Can be used with multiple products
This Solo 421 20-Pound spreader can handle granulated product the best, granule size around a grain of rice. You can use it for all your seed, weed and feed jobs and it can also handle ice melt in the winter time. This makes a good all year-round piece of garden equipment that can make some of the more time consuming garden maintenance a little quicker and easier.
Customers have been using this spreader and feel it surpasses their expectations. They are finding it easy to use and like it better than a push type spreader. Although they find it more expensive they also find it much more efficient. You can hold more in this unit so you can spread more with less fillings than other hand held units. This spreader is also easy to store and takes up less space than a push spreader.
The negatives found are that some people found it difficult to use and uncomfortable, it can be especially difficult if you are shorter than 5 feet 4 inches, so something to bear in mind. Some people bought it to spread specific seed but found it didn’t work with this spreader, although it does mention the size around a grain of rice for granular product and it does work with grass seed.
This Solo 421 20-Pound Capacity Portable Spreader is a sturdier version of a bag spreader, it’s not the cheapest option but it is easier to fill and it’s solid construction makes it a good buy and a contender on our top 10 best garden spreaders.