Spreader Maintenance Is Easy
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.
Wash It Out
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
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.
Check the Calibrator
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.
Check out our video on using a spreader