Drop and broadcast style walk-behind spreaders are great tools for dispersing grass seed for fall seeding in medium to large environments, but may not be the best solution for every homeowner. Here are some points to consider when choosing between a walk-behind, or chest mount spreader:
Hills, slopes and ditches can present challenges when attempting to evenly distribute seed on irregular terrains. A chest mount spreader provides the ability to accurately manage where the seed is dropping, without having to exert energy to maintain control of the spreader. No more worries about the spreader getting away from you, having to push it up an incline, or dealing with wheels that get stuck or bounce on uneven soil.
Chest mount spreaders are ideal for reseeding small areas of grass that have started to thin out due to high traffic or shade. Since your walking positions direct the distribution, seed goes only where you choose. Walk-behind spreaders are made for linear distribution and can be difficult to operate in small or irregular shaped areas. Chest mount spreaders let you reseed only where you need it!
Small lawns and landscape areas can be effectively seeded using a chest mount spreader. As with irregular terrains, small lawns typically do not have long, linear spans of land. If you are using a push spreader you are constantly having to pivot the wheels to navigate all of the area.
If you are like most homeowners you need to get the most from your storage space. Walk-behind spreaders not only take up a lot of space, but can be awkward to store and tend to roll when propped against a wall. Chest mount spreaders are easy to store in case there is a need for them in the future for other types applications, such as fertilizers and salt. Selecting equipment that provides multiple uses can save homeowners storage space and money!
What to Look for When Buying a Chest Mount Spreader
- Select a spreader with a sturdy, cross-shoulder strap; this is a big advantage over handheld spreaders. When the spreader is weighted with product the strap will disperse the weight across your back, away from your arms and reducing fatigue. For the best value, select a spreader that is multi-use and can be used for grass seed, fertilizers ice-melt chemicals, and more.
- To get the longest life from your spreader, ensure the gearbox is corrosion resistant
- Choose a spreader with easy-to-reach levers that give control over direction and volume.
- Select an enclosed unit to protect against inhaling chemicals and dust.
- A large opening reduces spillage and allows for easy cleaning.
As with any household purchase, do your due diligence by choosing a manufacturer with a reputation for excellent quality. Check product reviews and invest in a tool that will deliver outstanding value and efficiency.
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