10th Aug 2023

Choosing The Right Spreader

Selecting the correct spreader from our range is an important decision, as each type of spreader—rotary spreader, drop spreader, and hand-held spreader—has its own unique features and advantages.

Understanding the differences and benefits of each type of spreader will help you make an informed decision based on your specific needs.

Let’s explore the types of spreaders to help you make the right choice:

Rotary spreaders:

Rotary spreaders, also known as broadcast spreaders, are popular because of their capacity to deliver a wide and even coverage and the efficient application of granular fertilisers. They work by dispersing the fertiliser granules from a spinning plate which are spread widely and evenly as a result. Here are some key points to consider when choosing a rotary spreader:

  1. Coverage area: Rotary spreaders are ideal for larger areas such as golf courses, lawns, sports fields, as they can cover a wide area in a relatively short time.
  2. Adjustable spread width: Many rotary spreaders offer adjustable spread width, allowing you to control the distribution pattern based on your needs. This flexibility is useful when you want to cover a specific area or avoid spreading material on non-targeted areas.
  3. Suitable for granular materials: Rotary spreaders are well-suited for spreading granular materials like coated fertilisers, seeds, and granular wetting agents. However, they may not be as precise when handling fine or powdery materials.

Drop spreaders:

Drop spreaders are designed to provide precise and targeted application of granular fertilisers. Instead of broadcasting the material in a wide pattern, they release it directly by dropping it evenly beneath the spreader as you walk. Consider the following factors when choosing a drop spreader:

  1. Accuracy and Control: Drop spreaders offer excellent accuracy, making them ideal for applying materials to specific areas or avoiding contact with neighbouring areas. They are especially useful for spot treatments or when working in tight spaces.
  2. Even Distribution: Drop spreaders provide a consistent and even distribution of materials across the width of the spreader. This feature is beneficial when you require uniform coverage in a defined area.
  3. Slower Application: Compared to rotary spreaders, drop spreaders may require more time and patience due to their narrower coverage width. However, this slower application speed can be an advantage when precision is paramount.

Hand-held spreaders:

Hand-held spreaders are compact, portable devices that you operate by hand using a hand crank. Here are some considerations for choosing a hand-held spreader:

  1. Versatility: Hand-held spreaders are versatile tools that can be used for a variety of applications, including small lawns, gardens, or targeted spot treatments.
  2. Portability and ease of use: Hand-held spreaders are lightweight and easy to carry, allowing you to navigate tight spaces or cover small areas effortlessly. They are a convenient choice for quick applications or when you need to treat hard-to-reach areas.
  3. Limited capacity: Due to their smaller size, hand-held spreaders have a limited capacity for holding materials. They are suitable for smaller jobs but will require more frequent refilling compared to larger spreaders.

Ultimately, the choice between a rotary spreader, drop spreader, or hand-held spreader depends on factors such as the size of the area you need to cover, the nature of the area, the level of precision required, the type of material you are applying, and your personal preferences.

It is recommended to consider these factors and consult our knowledgeable staff or refer to our product guidelines to select the most suitable spreader to suit your specific needs.