Brinly-Hardy Broadcast Spreader - 175-Lb. Capacity, Model# BS36BH
Stabile Attachment from Spreader to $ Wheeler
Unless this spreader is strictly for flat smooth ground, there is one real problem. The upper and lower "flat" metal that is to hold the spreader (with up to 175 pounds of ....") is on top of a round tube! What are the chances of there being a good grip? The upper and lower support for the tow tube should be a strong TUBULAR shaped support. After one use on a ground with a few dips, it rolled over to the right and emptied seed. Then to the left and emptied seed. I mean like laying on its side with the flat bar upper and lower "connecter" looking like a peeled banana facing opposite directions. Most of my 5 acres of rows were not "spread", only dropped in a 18 inch path, which may be my fault in the level of the propeller pan to the hole. It may have been too tight? I don't know, but the first 50 pounds was slung as appropriate, and I didn't change things. I've written service for support, and hopefully a better support upper and lower to keep the spreader connected so that it will remain horizontal in spreading the seed for my horse pasture.
It is well made and structurally sound except for this one issue, and easy to put together, even for me.
October 15, 2012
This spreader ROCKS
Used this unit for two seasons and its proven itself again and again. From the ease of changing settings while on the run to the large hopper I've found it to outperform all others.
Would recommend it highly.
June 14, 2011
I used this product three times before the gears stripped. Call Brinly-Hardy and they were VERY helpful and sent whole new gear assembly. Unfortunately, still plastic and stripped again!
For the cost and the quality of all other parts, they really need to go with a better gear assembly. Would NOT buy again!
June 13, 2011
great for the price
What I like about this spreader as compared to others that I have tried is the settings stay put and seem to be very accurate. Other spreaders in this price range tend to close down or restrict the output after several passes. When you close the plate on this machine it dose not leak a pain with other less rigid machines. This unit is a fine spreader, heavy duty and I doubt I will need to replace it for many years.
June 6, 2011
Very well packed for shipment; easy to assemble and does an excellent job in putting down grass seed and fertilizer. We even pulled this by hand when the lawntractor was not available.
June 6, 2011
Works as advertised
I used the spreader for fertilizer on my 2 acres of grass. So far I have used it on three different brands of fertilizer and the spreader handles them all just fine. Upon completing the assemply, I used the spreader immediately. After a few runs I noticed one tire was flat. There is no tube with the tire, so I used a long crank strap to compress the tire so it would seat on the rim. Then I had no problem inflating the time. So if you buy this product, check the air pressure on the tire before use. :)
June 5, 2011
It has worked well for us. My only problem was the fasteners on the sliding plate were steel which rusted and wouldn't allow the plate to move. I replaced them with stainless and all is well.
March 22, 2011
The carton stated "assembles in 30 minutes or less." After two and a half hours of trying to get the wheels on the axle, I gave up. The axle and the inside of one of the wheel bearings were badly burred. Fortunately I have a friend with a machine shop, and he ground the axle for me, and the wheels went on in 30 seconds. On the plus side, the way the small parts are packaged in sealed labeled panels is a real plus. I've fertilized my 5 acres, and it works well
March 21, 2011
Seed and Fertilizer
I purchased this unit based upon other reviews. I was impressed with the care that Brinly takes in packaging and shipping and felt that this showed their quality control focus. I was not disappointed. Assembly time was approximately 90 mins. with simple tools and socket set. Other reviews mentioned having to redo the axle assembly. Note in the instructions about using multiple washers on one or both sides if needed for a tight fit. I installed two washers on the left side wheel (looking from the back)
I have used the spreader for 200lbs. of fescue grass seed and 200lbs. of pellet fertilizer and was quite happy with its coverage. Setting the spreader at 3.25 for seed applying at 8lbs per 1000 sq allowed for multiple passes and even distribution. Fert was spread at 2lbs per 1000sq using a 2.75 setting, again getting 3 direction passes for even coverage. The unit handled 50 lbs of seed with no problem and no clogs (about the max hopper could hold). The max I needed for fert each time was 50 lbs but this was only about half a hopper load (I was refurbishing an acre home site in sections). Next spring when I need to fert I should be able to fill the hopper with 150 lbs and do the entire lot (this depends on your application rate of course). I do like having the left/center/right spreading capability and did try it to start. However, once I got my speed and spread experience I just adjusted my proxity to edges rather than taking time to get off the tractor.
I pulled the spreader w/ my Kubota BX2660 tractor using a draw bar on the rear pto. I did need to reverse the hitch plates for the spreader so it was wide enough to fit on the drawbar. With this hitch method the unit is sitting back further so I used a 4ft 1x2 bungeed to the spreader handle to open and close the hopper as needed. I will work on a more permanent handle extension. This is something Brinly should address for these larger size spreaders. The unit was very stable even traveling over side slopes and making tight turns. I do suggest keeping the setting knob loose when not using the unit. This will keep the flex washer from getting flattened over time. The setting knob was very positive and keeps its place even with a strong pull while I was sitting on the tractor.
Overall, this spreader worked as I expected and appears to be strong enough to last. I spent six months comparing units and waiting for NT to put it on sale, just enough to cover shipping. I feel it is a good value if you have more than a half acre of turf to maintain. I don't have to deal with snow or ice spreading so I cannot address those applications. I do use a vegetable cooking spray to maintain the unit so the lubrication does not effect seed or turf (tip from another reviewer).
October 25, 2010
A very good spreader easy to adjust and use, gives an even broadcast.
June 2, 2010