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Agri-Fab 45-0463 130-Pound Tow Behind Broadcast Spreader
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- 130 pound hopper capacity saves time refilling on larger acreage lawns"
- Durable rod linked on-off control with precise settings"
- Enclosed gear box with tapered gears for even spreading and long life"
- Large diameter tires with wide wheelbase for stability on rougher terrain"
- Optional hopper cover, material deflector and hopper grate available"
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From the manufacturer
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.
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.
- Apply pre-emergent herbicide in early spring.
- Apply a light dressing of low-nitrogen fertilizer in late spring.
- 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.
- Apply grub control product in early summer.
- Fertilize and feed if necessary, but do not use these products during dry spells.
- Use the Agri-Fab Spreader to spread salt evenly on walks and drives.
Why, When And How To 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
Optional Hopper Cover Available 41316
Optional hopper cover fits all Agri-Fab 130 Lb. spreaders to keep moisture, wind and bumpy conditions from ruining or spilling material being spread (not included).
Optional Deflector Shield
An optional deflector shield can be purchased thru Agri-Fab Parts Dept by calling us to control material from getting on and harming shrubs, flower beds and other areas.
Grate Kit 67663
Optional spreader grate kit which improves material flow and performance.
|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|
“The Agri-Fab 45-0463 130-Pound Tow Broadcast Spreader is the perfect spreader for the homeowner with a larger lot (1 acre or more). With the original Agri-Fab solid rod activated on-off flow gate control that can be operated from the tractor seat, the precise setting adjustment, smooth operating enclosed tapered gears and rustproof poly hopper it provides consistent spreading for years of use. Proudly Made in USA with some imported materials. Comes with an Industry leading 3-year Limited Warranty."
From the Manufacturer
“Agri-Fab 130-Pound Broadcast Spreaders are available in both Tow and Push models and have a 3-year warranty. Get even more utility and performance out of Agri-Fab’s 130-Pound Broadcast Spreaders with optional Hopper Covers, Material Deflectors and Hopper Grates. The hopper covers prevent spillage of material caused by wind or rough terrain and keep it dry. The material deflectors limit the spread width reducing waste and keeping material out of planting beds, shrubbery and off walks and driveways. The hopper grate prevent clumped material from blocking the flow control opening for reliable spreading. Proudly Made in the USA with some imported materials."
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First the Brinly spreader has a welded frame that is one piece, with one additional piece to connect it to my tractor (john deere x720). The Agri-Fab frame is more like an erector set with 8 pieces you bolt together. Also the metal tubes of the frame are thicker on the Brinly model (see pictures). Tires for the Brinly model are 13.5", much wider, has much better treads and is over all better constructed than the 13" tires on the Agri-Fab model. Both have molded plastic hubs, which I guess is good due to corrosion. One note is that the tires on the Agri-Fab model specifically say they were made in China.
Onto the gear boxes... One of the reasons why I selected the Agri-Fab model is that the gears are metal (aluminum I think) and the gears on the Brinly are plastic. I didn't like the fact they were plastic on the Brinly, but after turning each of the gear boxes it was notable that the gears on the Brinly run very smooth and the metal gears on the Agri-Fab run rough.
As for the hoppers, the Brinley capacity looks like it is a bit more than the Agri-Fab, even though the carrying capacity is less. On the Brinly model the plate that dispenses the material is bigger and made of thicker plastic and is connected by metal bolts. It also has a setting to control side to side spreading of material (not that I think I will use it). The plate on the Agri-Fab model is small and is not as well made as the Brinly one. There is also no option on the side to side control. It is also connected to the hopper with plastic rivets that look like they are about to break (see pictures).
The Brinly model is way better packed in the box and the bolts and other pieces are numbered and vacuum sealed to a cardboard cutout, guaranteeing you have all the parts. Argi-Fab parts are in a bag all together. Also the Brinly spreader has a cover.
The adjustment for both are not great, though the Agri-Fab has an off position you can lock the adjustment bar to.
Long story short, I'm sending the Agri-Fab back to Amazon... box damaged and pieces inside were all scratched...
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.
Several points to note about the spreader and operations.
First. Hitch height can be an issue. The hitch bar/tow bar needs to be approximately 14.5 inches from the ground at the tractor attachment point so the spreader barrel exit point distributes all fertilizer etc. to the broadcast disc. Hitch attachment points less than 14.5 inches from the ground will result in the spreader bowl not disgorging all fertilizer--instead leaving a fair amount in the spreader bowl. This adversely effects use of all product and results in uneven distribution of product on declining slopes.
Second. The release handle is too short to easily reach and turn on/off while driving a Craftsman garden tractor. It is short by approximately 9 inches. It can be remedied with a 12 to15" by 1/2" by 3/16" piece of steel and several drilled holes into the existing too short handle. Absent such a remedy, one must stop the tractor and turn around 90 degrees in the seat to open or shut off the product flow--resulting in burned spots from over fertilization.
Third. Agri-Fab says they do not offer suggested settings for various manufacturers products and there appears to be no reference table available. They suggest the buyer conduct his/her own test and through trial and error develop their own appropriate settings. And indeed, the way Agri-Fab has fabricated the sliding product "door" that may be best. The instructions tell you to line up the door at the halfway open point with the "adjustment nut" at "5". There is no registration mark on either the unit floor or the door. My experience has been that with the door adjusted as per Agri-Fab use .5 to 1 for most granular Scotts lawn products.
Fourth. Agri-Fab does not offer hitch height adapters to insure the tow bar is parallel with the ground, that all product can be/is used and to avoid missing areas on downhill slopes. This point is worth considering if you are uncomfortable having to fabricate you own adaptor to raise hitch height approximately 9 to 10 inches.
This is the right kind of spreader for large areas, but its effective use on large "lawns" as opposed to fields and meadows may be compromised by the second, third and fourth issues above.