“I’m very impressed with the spread,” says the tester. “It’s even and it’s wide. You don’t want to be walking up and down all day, but with this spreader you can really get the job done quickly,” he adds.
The hopper is moulded from heavy-duty polypropylene and is of a sufficient height for easy filling. The frame is black powder coated for durability.
With the metal gears protected in an enclosed metal case, we reckon there will be few maintenance problems and years of use in this spreader.
The SB5015RD has split handles, so it’s like pushing a wheelbarrow, and the handles have comfortable grips that are soft and warm to the touch.
Overall, the spreader feels lightweight and is quite effortless to push. And the wheels are a full 40cm and fitted with treaded turf tyres.
“You hardly know you are pushing this one,” says the tester. “It’s really lightweight and quite manoeuvrable.”
If anything lets the SB5015RD down, it is the plastic lever on the handle. Levers need to be strong because they are prone to being knocked when equipment is put away or pulled out of the shed.
Bonus points of this type of spreader include the full-width agitator, uniform distribution pattern and the small space needed for storage and transport. The main disadvantages are the narrow width of spread and the fact that care must be taken to ensure the fertiliser remains level across the full width of the hopper, as well as remembering to overlap the wheels just inside the previous tracks to avoid striping.
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