I like the way this operates, however, I used Scotts fertilizer and set the gate opening according to instructions and put on way too much fertilizer. After some experimenting I ended up setting the Chapin at the same rate as Scotts. The Chapin chart suggested 3.25 Scotts equals 12 on the Chapin.
Love it. By far and away a much better spreader than I've ever gotten from scotts or others. Excellent item considering cost to quality. No hesitation recommending this spreader to anyone needing a new one. Customer service was great.
Assembly was very simple and all components appear to be first class. Loaded fertilizer (50 lb. bag) and applied to lawn. Spread appeared to be very even and compared to my previous spreader output time was cut by approximately 30-40 percent. I especially like the large tires for ease of movement and load handling capacity even though I only loaded 50 lbs on initial trial. The last few pellets of fertilizer didn't feed into bottom exit slot easily and had to "back & forth" spreader a few times. Clean up was easy. Very pleased.
Works okay, the discharge deflector does not really do much. The gears sound plastic and have been grinding since almost day one. Went to use it the start of this season (second season) and gears were frozen. Sprayed some penetrating lube into the hole on the axle near the gears and eventually it started to turn again. I'd spend the extra money and get a better spreader
I purchased this model on line. It has never really worked. In my first application I put in 50lbs of crab grass preventer. The thing was almost impossible to push and very awkward. I called customer service they sent a new transmission. After fussing trying to install it was the wrong one.