What Is the Best Push Speader for Large Yards?
A push seed spreader is an excellent tool for anyone who needs to plant a large yard or garden, especially in hard-to-reach areas. The purpose of this article is to help you find the best push seed spreader to use for your specific needs and budget.
There are two main types of push seed spreaders:
These have a built-in hopper that holds the seeds, and they usually come with an adjustable knob to control how fast the seeds drop. These are best for people who want to cover large areas quickly because you can simply put all your seeds in at once, set it on low speed, and go.
These require manually feeding individual seeds into the top one by one, then pushing or rotating them across the lawn or garden area. For smaller yards, these are ideal because you can accurately plant specific spots instead of wasting lots of seedsby missing sections of your yard.
Generally speaking, rotary spreaders are more expensive than drop spreaders, so you can expect to spend less if you go with a drop spreader.
Manual push spreader (no power required). With this type of push seed spreader, all you do is pour in your seeds, close it up tightly, and start pushing back and forth until you’ve completely covered the area with seeds (or at least made several passes). The main advantage of this type is that it requires no power or batteries.
Manual push spreader with a power source (no batteries required) This type is the same as above, except that since you’re using a corded electric motor to power the seed dispenser, you have the option of using it plugged in where you need it, or unplugged so you don’t have to drag an electric cord around with you when you want to seed your flower beds or fence lines.
Power Seed Spreader (battery powered) These are excellent if you have large yards and gardens because they require no cords at all, which means there’s nothing for you to trip on when walking through your yard. They only work when they’re running on battery power, which is why you only need to use them for about an hour at a time before replacing or recharging the batteries.
Below is American Lawn’s Top Picks:
1. Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader – Spreads Grass Seed, Fertilizer and Salt
Spread grass seed and fertilizer products more efficiently and effectively with Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader. Equipped with Scotts exclusive EdgeGuard Technology to keep product off of your landscaping, driveways and sidewalks, you can trust that the product will be spread accurately. The control panel with precision rate settings delivers even more accurate coverage. The Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Spreader comes pre-calibrated and fully assembled with fold-down handle for easy storage. Can be used for salting.
Ok i read the reviews and saw the only negative reviews on here were from how the wheels collect whatever your spreading.. so I read a review from one lady putting a baking tin on the wheels, I saw the pics, so I once upped her, used the cardboard that this came in, nothing but a marker, snips, and pulling the wheels off.. works perfect.
2. Agri-Fab 45-0462 Push Broadcast Spreader
The Agri-Fab, Inc.130 lb. Push Spreader will help you grow the beautiful lawn that you’ve always wanted. The best time to use a spreader is in the spring. For best results, spread grass seed over bare areas when needed. In the summer, fertilize and feed when necessary to enhance growth. Depending on material and speed of application, the 130 lb. push broadcast spreader can cover up to 25,000 square feet. A steel rod flow control provides an easy method to open or close during spreading.
This is a substantially built product. It bears little resemblance to the flimsy broadcast spreaders sold in the nursery departments of large chain stores. Assembly was a snap. I had barely finished my second beer when my wife tightened the last bolt. I then rushed to my local lawn supply store and picked up 5 bags of fertilizer. Settling into my porch swing with my third, I was amazed at how easily the little woman glided the spreader across our expansive lawn. Proper volume settings were apparently easy to accomplish as lawn, fertilizer and adult beverages ran out at the same time. Clean up took just a few minutes. I am well pleased with this product.
3. Chapin International 8400C Chapin Professional SureSpread Spreader, 100 Lb. Capacity-8400C, Red
The enclosed gearbox and durable stainless steel frame on the Chapin Professional SureSpread Push Spreader 8400C make it capable of handling all sorts of outdoor spreading tasks each season of the year. Perfect for use around the home and garden, the Chapin 8400C can be used to spread granular fertilizers, granular herbicides, grass seed, and more to lawn and turf for lawn maintenance in the spring and summer seasons. In winter, you can use the Chapin 8400C to accurately spread ice melt and salt to ice-stricken areas like pathways, sidewalks, walkways, etc. You won’t have to worry about uneven spread patterns with the broadcast spreader’s innovative spread control pattern that gives you precise spread pattern control of your materials. Large 14″ wide air-filled tires provide excellent stability and smooth traction on lawns and terrain. Poly hopper with enclosed gearbox is fully supported by the durable stainless steel frame. Featured on the Chapin 8400C Professional Push Spreader is SureSpread technology for accurate product distribution and spread patterns with an innovative gate design, gate opening placement, gate adjustment for fertilizer and seed applications, and spread pattern directional control. Rain cover and hopper grate are included. The rain cover protects the material inside the hopper from rain, snow, and the outdoor elements. The hopper grate prevents clogs in the gate, improving product flow.
Great product as far as quality goes. Fast shipping and easy to deal with!
However…. The instructions are vague and parts # are not labeled the same in instruction manual as they are in the parts bag.. example: (H4 screws and nuts in manual = M6 in the parts bag) definitely need to be more clear and detailed….I also had to grind down a part in order for it to fit properly. All that being said, I would still buy this product again
4. Lesco 50 Lb. Push Spreader 092807 with Hopper Cover (Bundle, 2 Items)
Bundle includes 2 Items: (1) Lesco 50 Lb. Push Spreader 092807 with (1) Hopper Cover (092468). Spread materials over lawn and turf without the aggravation of uneven spread patterns with the popular Lesco 50 LB. Push Spreader # 092807. With its powder-coated carbon steel frame and 50 lb. hopper capacity, this Lesco Walk-Behind Broadcast Spreader can handle the toughest of lawn spreading jobs around the home and garden. The hopper can be filled with granulars or seed during the warmer months to feed lawns and rejuvenate grass. In winter, you can apply ice melt or dry free-flowing salt to pathways, walkways, driveways, and in areas where larger machinery cannot fit to prevent slipping accidents. The 4.10/3.50-4 tires increase stability and provide smooth traction on taller, thicker, and rougher lawns, allowing you to distribute materials evenly each time you spread. The spreader’s 5:1 gear ratio and enclosed gearbox help enable you to evenly distribute products, while shielding the gears from dust and debris. The handles are adjustable to three different positions to accommodate to operators of all sizes. This Lesco 092807 Push Spreader is widely used by homeowners, but its durability makes it a reliable unit for professionals in the landscaping and lawn care industries as well. The Hopper Cover for the Lesco 092807 Walk-Behind Broadcast Spreader is placed over the hopper to protect the materials inside from rain, snow, and moisture. It also protects the operator from exposure to dust from spreading materials.
A little challenge to assemble. Not quite sure that I have it calibrated correctly with the dial on the back of the spreader. Would prefer better instructions on how to set the base so that the calibration is set correctly. It is a very solid and quality product but the price seem high compared to others in the market. At this point I have used the spreader and I think it should serve me for a long time.
5. Craftsman CMXGZBF450532 85-Pound Push Broadcast Spreader, Red/Black
The CMXGZBF450532 85 lb. push lawn spreader has a large 4 ft. to 8 ft. spread pattern to cover around 12,000 sq. ft. of ground in less time. The hopper is constructed of heavy-duty polyethylene for rust and corrosion-resistant performance in all weather. The summer is an excellent time to give your lawn a healthy boost. In the fall fertilizing gives your lawn extra strength to help it through the winter. The 85 lbs. push spreader provides a long-lasting fertilizer, grass seed or ice melt spreader.
It’s a good spreader for the money. Covers a wide spread and rolls easy with the air-filled tires. Holds a lot of material. Hopper opening is plastic so time will tell how well it holds up.
6. The Andersons Yard Star Walk-Behind Broadcast Spreader
When it comes to application, accuracy is important. Many spreaders struggle to provide an even spread pattern, often throwing more product to one side or the other. The Yard Star walk-behind spreader ensures an even spread pattern and accurate application, along with a 3-hole drop shut-off system and an easily-adjustable drop rate. A 50-lb. hopper capacity and 175-lb. load-bearing capacity allow for the rapid application of fertilizer, seed, and salt. With a 2-position, height-adjustable ergonomic handle, the Yard Star spreader makes application comfortable for operators of all heights. 13-inch pneumatic tires and a wide-set frame provide even weight distribution and all-terrain control. With a hopper cover and fertilizer/seed/salt compatibility, the Yard Star spreader allows for year-round, all-weather usage.
Easy to put together. A little tricky to set up so it does not stick in closed position, but you can make the minor adjustment for it to work fine after set up. I use many types of product and don’t necessarily have exact setting, and do not get into spending the time calculating this. But it does spread nice and good width. Just have to do a little guessing. Rolls nice and taller than box store brands, which hurt my back and just did not have the build quality and kept breaking.