Pros: Excellent on flat land.
Cons: Plastic tires have no give when you hit a bump.
As of March 30th-2011, This spreader has been retied from commercial use and is only used at the house.
I had to buy a spreader on my mowing route last month because a special customer wanted to get fertilized and I thought I could use another in my lawn care arsenal. Well I was kinda disappointed.
This Scotts Speedy 3000 is an alright spreader for those who are gonna use it maybe four times a year, I use all my spreaders at least 30 times a month for, lime, grass seed, fertilizer and even sand. See sand breaks up clay soils along with lime pellets.
Well before I even tried making it to the Lowes door to bring it home I noticed one of the plastic wing nuts on the handle was broke off. Not a problem they had an associate get a new one in a matter of seconds.
I'm at the customers home walking back and forth with my new Scotts Speedy 3000 Spreader looking quite in vogue when the terrain started getting a little bumpy. The poly plastic tires do not take bumps well at all. Some literally made me stop in my tracks and when I went to feel the bump it was hardly anything.
But I will say that this spreader does give an accurate flow of whatever product you are using. The spinner plate distributes an even rate at a five foot wide margin as you walk.
This Scotts Speedy 3000 Spreader comes with a lock on the handle, I do not use it because I have to be accurate on where my stuff goes and you tend to waste more with the lock on. I think I would use it only on really large lawns.
They say that the hopper holds enough product to do 10,000 sq. feet. Some of that is true but it has to be on that exact setting which I believe is four, otherwise you can get more or less depending on what number you have selected. I personally would not go over number 5 for any fertilizer, or number 8 for grass seed. Putting 30 pounds of product in the hopper will give you a comfortable trip without any chance of a bad accident happening. Ever drop 40 pounds of fertilizer on someone else's lawn by hitting a hole, then ringing their door bell and saying oops...I have.
The black paint on the handles and frame have held up well so far from me bouncing it on and off my truck. I truly do like the bright orange hub caps on the plastic wheels. I have notice the shine coming off the bolts and nuts so it's just a matter of time before they begin the formation of rust and grime. Washing this spreader after every use is a good practice to keep. Putting 3-in-1 oil on the inside of the plastic wheel where it turns on the shaft makes them run really smooth too.
Well in the end I will say if your looking for just a good spreader and are only gonna use it four or five times a year and willing to keep good maintenance on it, then I say go for it.
Scotts Speedy 3000 Spreader is almost all plastic and really is sturdy. They will hold up to their bargain with their No-Quibble money back guarantee if you do not like this spreader. Simply mail in your proof of purchase and Bam !!!! you get your money back.
Scottslawn.com or 1-800-543-Turf