Andersons Drop Spreader (Model SSD)

Andersons Drop Spreader (Model SSD)

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Product Overview

Andersons Drop Spreader (Model SSD) is a heavy duty spreader that ensures excellent performance in every use. It features a durable enamel finish frame that ensures the stability of the body during application. It is specially built to deal with fertilizers and small particle seeds. The Andersons Drop Spreader (Model SSD) is made from high-quality steel that is easy to control. Its 13-inch turf saver pneumatic tires are perfect for areas with rough and bumpy surfaces. Offers precise calibration which is ideal for critical and uniform spreading of granules on lawns and turfgrasses. It is best used for fertilizing and seeding because it gives the consistent amount of materials needed for every area.

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Features and Specs

For use in Lawns to spread small particle seed and fertilizer.
Material / Construction Stainless Steel.
Special Features Made with heavy duty enamel finish frame for long life.
Shipping Weight 50.00 lbs
Manufacturer The Andersons (Mfg. Number: ANASP80081)


You will need:

  • 7/16” open-end wrenches (or adjustable wrench)
  • Pliers
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Grease gun


  1. Remove spreader and components from the carton. Place Hopper on its front panel, insert two (2) 1/4-20 X 1/2” Hex Head Bolts through the Leg, flattened end of Handle Brace, and holes in Hopper as shown. Install Locknuts but leave them loose to ease assembly. Repeat on the opposite side. 
  2. Slide Wheels onto each end of Axle with the longer portion of the Wheel hub facing the Hopper. Secure Wheels with 3/16 dia. x 2” Cotter Pins.
  3. Install Control Tube between the Control Tube Braces and secure with (2) 1/4-20 X 1 1/2” Hex Bolts and Locknuts.
  4. Stand spreader upright on Wheels. Attach Upper Handle assembly to Handle Brace (make sure Handle is positioned as shown) using (4) 1/4-20 X 1 1/2” Hex Bolts, and (4) Locknuts. Tighten securely. Install Handle Grips onto Upper Handle. Slide Handle Lever assembly between Handle Brackets and secure with 1/4 dia, Clevis, and Cotter Pin. Make sure Lever pivots freely.
  5. Slide the ends of the Control Tube Braces over the Studs on the Shutoff Bar Brackets, secure with Cotter Pins. Attached opposite end of Control Tube to the Handle Lever using 1/4” diameter. Clevis and Cotter Pin. Make sure Handle Lever operates freely. Tighten all Nuts left loose in step #1. Install Hopper Handle on the front of spreader using two 1/4-20 x 1/2” Hex Bolts and Locknuts.
  6. To check spreader for completed shutoff, pull the Handle Lever back to the “OFF” position. Turn spreader over to see if the Shutoff Bar completely covers the holes in the bottom of the Hopper. If not, stand the spreader upright on Wheels push the Handle Lever forward to the “ON” position. Loosen the Bolts in the Hopper holding the Handle Brace. Push down on the Handle Brace and the front of the Hopper. Retighten Bolts and check the shutoff.


  1. Before filling Hopper, make sure spreader Handle Lever is in the “OFF” position. Always fill spreader on walk or drive, not on the lawn. 
  2. Loosen Rate Control Knobs and move the Tie Bar to set recommended for the product applied. If the setting is not known, refer to “DETERMINING APPLICATION RATES” section of this book. Retighten knobs after setting is made.
  3. Always push spreader, do not pull. Start spreader in motion and as it passes over the area to be treated, push the Handle Lever to the “ON” position. Close Handle Lever at the end of each pass.
  4. Operate spreader at 3 MPH pace. (33.3 feet in 7.5 seconds)
  5. Apply two header strips at each end of the area to treated and then proceed lengthwise between the header strips. Be sure to overlap the wheel tracks slightly to prevent streaking.
  6. When applying lime, do not use limestone that is so finely ground that it will pack inside the Hopper, or use hard, abrasive particles which will damage the spreader. Use only compacted, free-flowing, non-abrasive lime products.

Determining Application Rates

The following procedure provides a means of accurately determining drop spreader settings when settings do not appear on the package, or to “fine tune” the manufacturer’s recommended settings. Spreader rates can vary due to walking speed, the condition of turf, humidity, physical characteristics of the product being applied, or condition of the spreader. It is good practice to double check settings using the following method.

  1. The manufacturer will recommend coverages on the product package. Generally, it is stated as applying a certain number of pounds of product per 1,000 square feet.
  2. Determine the amount of material in pounds to cover 100 square feet. Add two zeros to the weight of the bag and divide that by the square foot coverage.
  3. To change the decimal portion of the answer in step #2 to ounces, multiply the decimal portion by 16.
  4. On a clean walk of the driveway, measure out 33.3 feet- the distance required to cover 100 square feet. 
  5.  Add a measured amount of product to the spreader- 2 to 3 times the recommended rate. Operate spreader at a brisk walking speed (3 mph of 33.3 feet in 7.5 sec.) over the measured distance. Empty the spreader and weigh the amount left. Compare with the beginning amount; the difference is the amount applied. Adjust the setting up or down to achieve the correct application rate.

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