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Agri-Fab 45-0463 SmartSPREADER 130-Pound Max Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader, Black

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  • Spread only the amount you need---smart!
  • Unique, user-friendly spreader-setting knob for precise application
  • Inspired by commerical spreaders, spring-loaded on/off lever
  • Optional deflector kit for drop spreader conversion
  • Extra-large capacity
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  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 10.7 x 12.4 inches ; 29.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 35.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B002U0KDHI
  • Item model number: 45-0463
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]


Product Description

Product Description

Agri-Fab 45-0463 SmartSPREADER 130-Pound Broadcast Spreader, Tow. Introducing the Smart series, exclusively from Agri-Fab, the smartest ideas to hit the lawn care industry in years. With revolutionary new designs, innovative new features and the quality you only get from Agri-Fab, these are the kinds of tools and attachments that can completely change the game. Based on consumer research and, of course, Agri-Fab's decades of experience, these products do things differently; they do things better. And they'll keep doing them "Season After Season."

From the Manufacturer

Agri-Fab 45-0463 SmartSPREADER 130-Pound Broadcast Spreader, Tow. Introducing the Smart series, exclusively from Agri-Fab, the smartest ideas to hit the lawn care industry in years. With revolutionary new designs, innovative new features and the quality you only get from Agri-Fab, these are the kinds of tools and attachments that can completely change the game. Based on consumer research and, of course, Agri-Fab's decades of experience, these products do things differently; they do things better. And they'll keep doing them "Season After Season."

From the Manufacturer

Why Fertilize?

Your spreader is designed to evenly fertilize your lawn with nutrients it needs for growth, color, root strength and overall health. The active ingredients in lawn fertilizer are important for plant growth, root vitality and overall health. Late summer and early fall are the best times of the year to fertilize your lawn. 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.

Proudly designed and assembled in Sullivan, IL

  • Agri-Fab is a registered trademark of Agri-Fab Inc.

Product Features

Coverage

130 lb. capacity covers about 1/2 acre (25,000 square feet).*

*Depending on material used and speed of application.

Durable

Enclosed gearbox.

Maneuverable

Equipped with large pneumatic tires.

The easy way to care for your lawn year after year

- On/ off control accessible from tractor seat for convenience.

- Professional style, easy-set controls for precise application.

- Aluminum beveled gear for durability.

- Rustproof poly hopper and spreader plate increase product life.

- Fast and easy assembly.

Spring

* Apply pre-emergent herbicide in early spring.

* Apply a light dressing of low-nitrogen fertilizer in late spring.

Fall

* Overseed bare areas if you didn't do this in the spring. Apply seed about a month before first frost.

* Apply a light dressing of fertilizer once in early fall, and again in late fall.

Summer

* Apply grub control product in early summer.

* Fertilize and feed if necessary, but do not use these products during dry spells.

In Winter

* Use the Agri-Fab Spreader to spread salt evenly on walks and drives.

Why, When And How To Fertilize

Fertilizing

Why fertilize?

Fertilizer is designed to feed your lawn with the nutrients it needs for growth, color, root strength and overall health. The active ingredients in lawn fertilizer are Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (N, P, K). Each of these elements has a different, important purpose: Nitrogen for plant growth and healthy foliage; Phosphorus for growth and vitality of the root system; Potassium for strong cells throughout the plant tissue and overall health. When these nutrients are applied properly, your lawn will look great and be more resistant to diseases, pests and weather extremes.

What type of fertilizer should I use?

Fertilizers are available in various formulations, with different ratios of the ingredients mentioned above. Since the ingredients are always listed in the N-P-K order, it’s easy to tell what each formulation will do for your lawn. If you want lush foliage at the top of the plant, choose a formulation with a high N number, such as 12-4-8. To strengthen the root system, choose a formulation with a high P number, such as 5-10-5. A good all-around fertilizer would be 10-10-10. An easy way to remember which number is which is to think “up, down, all around.”

When should I fertilize?

Late summer and early fall are the best times of year to fertilize your lawn.

Some people like to fertilize in the spring to get the lawn off to a healthy start. However, we suggest using caution at the beginning of the growing season because early spring applications of high nitrogen products can cause a growth surge that’s bad for the lawn in spite of the lush-looking results. (During a growth surge, most of the plant’s energy goes to the top of the grass, at the cost of the root system.) If you want to fertilize in the spring, use a low-nitrogen product.

Fertilizing during the summer gives your lawn the strength to thrive during its main growing season. Not only is growth itself demanding on the plant chemistry, but mowing, raking, aerating, etc., all apply added stress to your lawn. A healthy, well-fed lawn will do better with these stresses, as well as with extremes in weather and possible pest damage.

In the fall, fertilizing gives your lawn an extra boost to help it through the winter. This application also provides valuable prep for next spring, helping the grass resume growth and green-up early in the season, without the growth surge discussed above.

How do I apply fertilizer?

A good system is to start at the edges of your lawn first. For a square or rectangular lawn, make two passes at opposite ends of the lawn; for an irregular or circular lawn, make two passes around the perimeter. Then move back and forth in straight lines between the edges, making sure to turn the spreader off when turning around. With a drop spreader, overlap the path of the wheel to avoid striping.

After fertilizing, water the lawn thoroughly but not too heavily. The idea is to wash the nutrients off of the grass leaves and gently into the soil.

How much fertilizer should I use?

Refer to the instruction on your fertilizer bag for application rates, spreader settings and coverage amounts. This varies from product to product, because of the size of granules and the broadcast medium.

How To Measure The Size Of Your Lawn

You’ll need to know the size of your lawn to determine fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide application. It also helps when choosing lawn equipment.

For a rectangular or square lawn, simply multiply the length times the width for total square feet.

If your lawn is a triangle, multiply the length of the base times the height, and divide that number by 2.

If your lawn is circular (or close), measure the distance from the center of the lawn to the edge. This is the radius. Multiply that number by itself (r²), and then multiply by pi (3.14).

If your lawn is irregular, you can either break it up into smaller areas, figure those sizes, then add them up. Or you can estimate using averages. Measure the width of your lawn every 10 feet or so along the length, then calculate the average width. (Add the measurements together and divide the total by the number of measurements you made.) Do this same exercise in the other direction to arrive at an average length. Then multiply your average width by your average length to get a fairly accurate estimate of total square feet.

Convert square footage to acreage by dividing your total area by 43,560, the number of square feet in a single acre.

Accessories Sold Separately

Pro Kit 67660

Includes adjustable shield, cushioned handles and hopper cover.

The Pro Kit adjustable shield that protects gardens and driveways from overspreading chemicals.

Grate Kit 67663

Optional spreader grate kit which improves material flow and performance.

Model No. 45-0462 45-0463 45-0388 45-0315 45-0214 45-0215
Tow, Push or Hand-Held Style Push-style Tow-style Push-style Tow-style Push-style Tow-style
Approximate Square Foot Coverage 1/2 acre (25,000 sq. ft.) 1/2 acre (25,000 sq. ft.) 1/4 acre (14,000 sq. ft.) 1/4 acre (14,000 sq. ft.) 1/3 acre (17,500 sq. ft.) 1/3 acre (17,500 sq. ft.)
Spreader width 10' - 12' ft. spread. 10' - 12' ft. spread Up to 10 ft. spread Up to 10 ft. spread Up to 10 ft. spread Up to 10 ft. spread
Hopper Size 130 lb. Capacity 130 lb. Capacity 85 lb. Capacity 85 lb. Capacity 100 lb. Capacity 100 lb. Capacity
Wheels Large pneumatic tires Large pneumatic tires Pneumatic tires Pneumatic tires Pneumatic tires Pneumatic tires
Weight 35 lbs. 37 lbs. 20 lbs. 19 lbs. 27 lbs. 28 lbs.
Assembly Fast and easy assembly Fast and easy assembly Some assembly required Some assembly required Some assembly required Some assembly required
Construction Poly hopper and spreader plate enclosed gear box Poly hopper and spreader plate enclosed gear box Poly hopper and spreader plate Poly hopper and spreader plate enclosed gear box Poly hopper and spreader plate Poly hopper and spreader plate
Operation Easy hand control On off control accessible from the tractor seat Easy hand control On off control accessible from the tractor seat Easy hand control On off control accessible from the tractor seat

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Built well and works great.
Amazon Customer
The unit itself was fairly easy to assemble and went together in less than an hour.
J Verdone
My only disappointment is that it was made in China!
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By KB on April 21, 2012
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I find this spreader to be very sturdy in it's construction. Fairly easy to assemble. The problem that the previous person had with the gate control is easily rectified by adding another spring to apply a little more pressure on the arm to hold the gate control lever in position more securely. The spring that comes assembled is a little week for the application. I simply added another medium tension spring to pull the gate lever a little harder and the potential problem is solved. This is an excellent spreader, much better than my previous agri-fab model. I would highly recommend this to anyone especially for the price on Amazon. Competitive models are not constructed any better but their cost is considerably more. Do yourself a favor and at least check this one out before buying. Another fantastic thing about purchasing from Amazon.. I got free shipping and it was at my door in 3 days from the time I ordered it.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By AJBUCH on May 14, 2012
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This thing is pretty rugged and comes with a 3 yr warranty. It took a little over an hour to put together. The wheel base is wide - 27" and worked great on the side-hills of my horse property. No danger of tipping over. The tires are 13 inches in diameter and 4 inches wide. My horse pasture has lots of hills, ruts and rocks, but this handled it with no problems. I understand the gripe by previous reviews - the spring holding the handle in place does seem a bit weak, but it wasn't a problem for me. I wouldn't have noticed had no one else said anything. I didn't have any trouble with the lever jumping out of place, even on the rough terrain. Definitely a bit pricier than the cheap models, but the reviews on those are horrendous. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J Verdone on February 6, 2014
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I purchased this to spread rock salt (dry) on an 800' driveway and it worked well. The unit itself was fairly easy to assemble and went together in less than an hour. The gears are cast aluminum and not lubricated out of the box. I used lithium car chassis grease during assembly and they turned without any binding (I actually lubed all parts where a shaft contacted a bushing to improve movement/rotation). The shell (two pieces) covering the gears is made of plastic and is held together with three clips that are intentionally "removable" in order to keep the gears cleaned and lubed. The tubular steel frame that the wheel/gear assembly attaches to and holds the hopper is pretty strong. The hopper itself is made of very durable plastic. I placed 100 pounds of rock salt (the kind purchased at Home Depot or Lowes) and the unit held perfectly while spreading (pulled SLOWELY behind an ATV). If assembled/adjusted per instructions, the drop chute handle works well spreading salt at a position between 5 and 6. The agitator in the hopper is really just a large retaining pin that rotates with the vertical shaft, but it seemed to do the job of loosening the salt. Normal bumps on the ground help the salt to settle down the hopper--a couple of times I "tapped" the ATV throttle to jerk the hopper which also helped settle the salt down into the chute. As the hopper became empty (less weight) the drive wheel would slip on the ice--a little back and forth movement cured this. I have not tried sand, but as other reviewers have mentioned the sand must be dry (maybe mixing with salt will help dropping). If maintained this unit should last for years. Good price and easy to use (beats walking up and down spreading by hand).Read more ›
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Linda Jurgensen on December 15, 2011
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I spent a considerable amount of time researching spreaders and determining what would best suite my needs. This sounded like the perfect spreader. I was very please with the unit when I received it. It looked very well engineered and constructed. My opinion was quickly changed however when I first used it. The lever that controls the hopper flow kept jumping out of position so that the amount of fertilizer that was being applied was inconsistent. I solved the problem by wiring the lever in place.(This doesn't work very well when you need to stop and close the hopper plate.) This appears to be another one of those products that started out as a great idea, but before all the potential problems were identified and corrected, the unit was put into production. This is my second Agri-Fab spreader and most likely my last.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edward on November 23, 2013
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This tow behind broadcast spreader is very well made and broadcast both the grass seed and fertilizer great. Seeded and fertilized my 1 acre yard in less than an hour (made two passes with both the seed and then the fertilizer).

During assembly, I discovered that Agri-Fab did not include one of the pieces needed to complete assembly. I called Agri-Fab, customer service was great and shipped out the needed part that day.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PB on March 22, 2015
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I actually really like this spreader and just used it to fertilize my two acre yard. If I hadn't had to rebuild the gear box during the assembly process, I would have probably rated it 4.5 stars. The only issue is like others say the spring on the hopper handle is pretty weak, but it worked okay for me and can be easily augmented if necessary later.

The reason I rated it two stars is that I got the entire thing assembled, and I would rate the assembly process a 3 as instructions were okay and there were some tricky parts but nothing anyone who's considering buying this type of piece of equipment shouldn't be able to handle, was due to the fact the gear box was actually assembled completely wrong at the factory and was totally non-functional. If you look at the photo you can see the axle gear never touches and can't touch the way it's assembled, the gear to turn the spreader. Terrible quality control. I had to disassemble it, rotate the axle gear, and then reassemble and now it works like a champ. So I got unlucky and got a crappy unit from the factory, but I was able to fix it. This was a little challenging but not too hard, and now am very happy with the unit. Would I order again and recommend to a friend? I don't know. I do know that I would better research the competition and their prices a little more thoroughly. That said, as long as you don't mind an extra hour or so of work in case you have to fix the unit out of the box, this one does work well when it works.
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