NorTrac 3-Pt. PTO Spreader - 6-Bushel, 500-Lb. Capacity
I purchased this product to plant food plots in the winter. This is the third time I use this spreader and the Guide bushing seized on the shaft. This caused the bushing to spin and wore out the snap ring. The Distribution disc, seed disc & hopper are waddled out. I take care of my equipment and the seeder was washed out and spun dried & oiled after each use. I read there was a limited warranty on limited parts for 12 months. I guess I'm stuck with a machine I will have to try to come up with a fix. I have purchase other items from Northern tools and was very satisfied with my purchases. Northern will you stand by your product?
November 19, 2012
poly tub spreader
The poly tub on this spreader broke the very first time I used it. The bottom of tub broke and the internal mechanism fell through the bottom, rendering it useless!!!!!!! I do not recommend this spreader.
May 1, 2012
I had 2 problems with the spreader and I haven’t even used it.
1. The hitch points are so low to the ground that I had to put the spreader on blocks in order to attach my tractor hitch to it. Fortunately it isn’t so heavy that I couldn’t manhandle it onto some blocks.
2. The PTO shaft plastic housing fits so tight that I had to beat it with a hammer in order to hook up to the tractor PTO output shaft.
I have a Northern Tools Quick Hitch and it would not fit the top link on the spreader. I unbolted the hook on the quick hitch, turned it upside down, and re-bolted it. This defeats the purpose of having a quick hitch, and I wouldn’t complain if it weren’t for the fact that I bought both items from Northern Tools.
Seems like tractor / implement manufacturers could come up with some sort of standards.
The quick hitch also interferes with the handle that opens the bottom seed gate. I will have to disconnect the linkage from the handle in order to get it fully open. I am spreading compost and don’t know how wide open the gate will have to be.
July 27, 2011
Great product so far
I have used the spreader to spread fertilizer, lime, and fescue seed. It worked without a problem with all 3.
November 16, 2010
NorTrac 3-Pt PTO Spreader
Excellent product, easy to setup, light weight so one person hook up is simple. Have used on different size seed and fertilizer spread was good on all. Easy to adjust spreading alignment and amount.
November 16, 2010
Very well built and distributes seed great. Adjusting flow from driver's seat requires some engineering. Easily attached to PTO & 3 pt. hook-up. Storage/maintenance are quick & easy. The times I have used this spreader I have been very satisfied.
February 15, 2010
This is a very nice PTO driven spreader, easy to connect/disconnect and load. Operation is also extremely simply while broadcasting fertilizer, seed or lime.
My only problem was changing the disbursement lever; it must be configured prior to starting in the field. It would be very nice if I could adjust LH/Center/RH disbursement while operating my tractor in the field.
Other than that I am very pleased and found it simple to operate!
July 21, 2009
I purchased this spreader to assist in the preparation of a small food plot. (Roughly 2 Acres) I used the spreader to put down 2000LBs of lime and soybean seed. Once delivered it was ready to work in only a couple of minutes. The product worked perfectly.
November 17, 2008