Spreaders are sturdy, reliable machines that are a real help when you're taking care of your lawn. Even so, they need a little TLC to do the job at their best. Keep these steps in mind, and your spreader will serve you well for years to come.
After you're done using it, empty unused material back into the product bag. Put your spreader on the lawn and hose it down. Product left in the spreader can clog up the openings.
If your spreader has metal parts, spray them with a lubricating oil after you've hosed it down and let it dry. This will prevent rusting. Plastic spreaders don't need lubrication.
Drop spreaders are adjusted at the factory, but can get out of whack. If you have a drop spreader and feel that it's not spreading correctly, check your owner's manual for the adjustment instructions. If you have a Scotts® AccuGreen® 3000 drop spreader, put the setting at 6. The shutoff bar should align with the calibration line engraved on the bottom when your control is set at 6 and activated by squeezing. If not, use a small wrench to adjust the black calibration screw at the lower end of the control wire.