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Agri-Fab 42 in. Poly Pro Tow Drop Spreader, 45-0288

SKU: 449741199
Agri-Fab 42 in. Poly Pro Tow Drop Spreader, 45-0288
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Agri-Fab Poly Pro Tow Drop Spreader is perfect for fertilizing or seeding a large or small yard due to its consistent distribution pattern. Has a hopper capacity of 175 lb., enough to cover up to 40,000 sq. ft. of area. This drop spreader is also very good for use near flower beds and shrubs, since the distribution is limited to the area between its wheels overthrow onto ornamental beds is prevented.

  • Assembled dimension: 50 in. W x 33 in. D x 28 in. H
  • Universal hitch easily attaches to any lawn tractor regardless of brand
  • Hopper capacity of 17 gal. (dry) / 175 lb. that allows for up to 40,000 sq. ft. of coverage area, roughly 1 acre
  • Rustproof poly hopper increases products life
  • Premium galvanized steel agitator is rust resistant and easy to clean for improved durability
  • Pneumatic tires allow for smooth transport
  • Consistent 42 in. controlled spread width distribution of fertilizer or seed makes this drop spreader the economical choice for the serious gardener
3-Year Limited Warranty

Specification Description
Product Width: 50
Warranty: 3-Year Limited Warranty
Coverage Area: 40,000 sq. ft.
CountryofOrigin: Imported
Power Type: None
Product Length: 33
Hopper Weight Capacity: 175 lb.
Hopper Material: Poly
Maximum Spreading Speed: 3 MPH
Minimum Spreading Width: 42
Spread Width: 42
Type: Drop Spreader
Special Feature(s): Controlled spread width
Brand: Agri-Fab
Compatibility: Universal
Product Weight: 48
Tub Diameter: 13.6
Hopper Capacity: 175 lb.
Maximum Spreading Width: 42
Part Number: 45-0288
Product Height: 28
Minimum Spreading Speed: 42
Tub Height: 13.6
Manufacturer Part Number 45-0288
Agri-Fab 42 in. Poly Pro Tow Drop Spreader, 45-0288 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 91.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 42 inch spreader The 42 inch Agrifab lawn spreader gives an even distribution of material to your lawn. I highly recommend this product.
Date published: 2019-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great on even ground Works great on clean level ground. Wheels are small so big clumps of grass or piles of soil can close or change your feed setting because of low ground clearance. Other than that it works great.
Date published: 2019-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Food plots Worked as it should have spread at least 2000 pounds through it on food plots
Date published: 2019-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor axle assembled from factory Ordered few weeks ago tub and axle assembled when delivered, put everything else together ran 2 bags of fertilizer in yard, seemed ok, cleaned and put in garage, went to move next day and right side of axle is now binding and dragging wheel when go to move spreader by hand. This is such a bummer. I purchased a dethatcher ans and areator at the same time, put all together and am almost afraid to use them after the issue with spreader. Contacted customer support and was told the washers in the manual are there and that's what should be there. I didn't assemble the tub. It came assembled. Any recommendations. For spending what I did for this I would expected better use out it.
Date published: 2019-05-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from drop spreader was putting unit together and the only thing that was welded was done poorly and broke off, had to re weld. hitched up to tractor and can not reach flow control lever, had to fabricate extension
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Agri-Fab 42 in. Poly Pro Tow Drop Spreader A major component was missing (the bar with the numbers to select how much was applied) and I had to call the company to have one sent. It was sent in 3-5 days. I was planning on using it on the day I got it so that was disappointing it wasn't next day. I was not impressed with the paint job (lots of blobs of paint) and none of the sheet metal parts were deburred. I doubt I will buy another product from them. It was good they used aircraft nuts but very few of the fasteners had washers included for them. The adjustment lever isn't actually controlled by the sliding stop. There are a few places that it wants to rest based on the design of the adjustment bar, not a very good design IMO. The only reason it isn't a 1 rating is because the wheels are nice and even though it has sharp edges the hopper is nice and thick.
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works perfectly Bought this to put down weed and feed. It’s 42in wide, so as I cut my grass with my 42in Zmower it covers every inch.
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from spreads evenly Spreader works fine. You do need to buy a long soft resistance spring to put some tension on the selector bar, otherwise it quickly falls back to closed.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Agri fab drop spreader East to assemble. I like the wide width and load capacity. Works much better on hill sides than a drop spreader.
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works very well Works very well. Easy to assemble and pulls very nice
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice unit, starting to cheapen the construction The spreader is well made, especially for the price given what else is out there these days. I've used the spreader once running about 100# of fertilizer through it. Here are my observations so far. Pretty easy to assemble, the directions seem a bit daunting at first given the size of the manual, but once you realize the manual is written for about a dozen different languages, it isn't so bad. The adjustment for the drop slide isn't quite right in the book, it says 1/2" showing on the ends of the rods, make that like 1/4" or the slide doesn't fully close and the first time you use it you'll end up with a pile of product under the spreader. When you adjust it and the handle is in the fully closed or off position, if you look under it and see any of the drop holes, it isn't closed far enough. One thing I did notice upon assembly is the finish on the parts is on the wrong side of awful. You can tell these metal parts were just painted quick and heavy then thrown in a pile, the paint is marred from touching other parts while wet. The tires are not as shown in the picture, those tires are actually rubber. The ones that come with the unit are cheap plastic tires (you know the ones, you can find great examples on the HF shelves). I don't know how long they'll last, but I'm guessing not very. It is these two reasons why the spreader only gets 4 stars (and the misrepresentation of the tires in the photo.) Using the spreader is easy. It is designed for use behind a tractor so reaching the handle is easy, if you have a tractor type mower. I have a ZT like many do these days so you really can't reach the handle. You can either play the "open the chute and run to the drivers seat before it drops too much product" game or tie a rope to the handle and pull it open and go. You just cannot close it (can't push a rope). The spreading is uniform and it will dump about as fast as you pull, the internal rotors are connected to the tires so spin the tires, spin the rotors, dump the product. This replaced a broadcast spreader and is much more even. The broadcast spreader would only consistently throw weed killer when I was near flower beds it would seem... Overall, this is a great spreader. It takes longer to do the lawn than with a broadcast obviously but it does a much better job. Get the settings right and you can just fertilize while you mow and not worry about it. It works great with clumpy material because the rotors at the bottom chew it up vs the broadcast which usually just throws the clumps around in the hopper. Because it drops you can get close to areas you don't want to cover and be consistent with coverage. Great spreader.
Date published: 2019-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well constructed. Ordered on-line and delivered to my local Tractor Supply store with free shipping. Assembly instructions easy to follow with no hitches. The unit seems to be very well constructed. I like the pneumatic tires which provides greater traction under the weight of the product being spread. The auger/agitator is made of heavy metal and its a "split" design with each wheel separately rotating the agitator is a plus.
Date published: 2019-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very effective spreader This is a very BIG spreader. It does not fit behind my rear bagging lawn tractor. I have to take the bagging supports off for it to fit. Also it needs to be open and shut when traveling around corners because if you stop and it is open the feed just drops on the ground. That being said it holds 175 pounds so you don’t have to fill it as often and it seemed to drop the fertilizer very steady. I will know more in a couple of weeks. I personally like this spreader because I have a large yard and you can work pretty steady with this spreader.
Date published: 2019-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from recent purchases We purchase a 42 inch drop spreader which was easy to assemble. Application of fetilizer is not totally accurate and the rate handle is too short to reach by driver. Should be extended. Gets the job done for small farming application but risky on lawns , because difficult to adjust rate on the go and not uniform distribution. I'm an agronomist with large an small farming operations in The US and Ukraine. I would consider this unit for export to Ukraine for small farms. Its better than anything they have.
Date published: 2019-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EASY ASSEMBLY/WORKS GREAT! I bought this week to make it easier on me to spread grass seed and fertilizer to our useabl acreage, assembled quickly the morning after I picked it up and was laying weed and feed an hour later. Great product!!
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lawn drop spreader Needed to replace my old scotts push spreader after 29 years so as I'm getting older I decided to up my game with this one to pull behind my toro zero turn. It's great and twice as fast. It works with ease and holds all you need for an half acar lot.
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great drop spreader, but, I have had this a little over a week and find that it is a well built, easy to assemble and use with one exception. It is no doubt make to be pulled behind a vehicle that does not have a seat that is high off the ground. I am towing it behind a John Deere 1025R series tractor and it is impossible to reach the flow control arm that opens and shuts the flow plate. By rigging up a rope system to the flow control arm I am now able to control the flow plate. It is almost as wide as my tractor tires, making it easy to line up and make the next pass in the opposite direction. Sturdy built and worth the money.
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go to for lawn, garden and pet needs Bought several tractor implements on line and at the store. Great products, service and friendly community spirit.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great No more pushing a spreader. Hook to tractor and pulled around the yard
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Agri fab spreader 42 inch Assembled fairly quickly and works fine. I do need to extend the length of the handle for adjusting the application rate as it is too low when towing with my John Deere 350 mower.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great used it to seed and fertilize my lawn Super happy with the quality for the price. Ready for my next big project with it.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Decent but not great I bought this for spreading ashes from my woodstove on my back lot. I tow it around with my garden tractor, so I'm not going very fast. The regulator lever does not stay in the forward position (all the way open), and closes on every little bump, so I have to bungee the lever to keep the discharge chute open. This happens regardless of the lever position, be it slightly or all the way open. It would be a lot better if there were notches for the lever handle to lock in. I figured it would be a little better quality considering what I paid for it.
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tow behind spreader My new spreader was easy to assemble. It took about an hour, & would've been faster if one shoulder bolt hadn't been missing. They sent one within a couple of days. It works great. Nice even spread.
Date published: 2019-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Design I bought this spreader two weeks ago and have not yet used it. Using the You Tube installation, I was able to assemble it without too much of a problem although it was not an easy installation. If I had used only the installation instructions that came with the spreader, it would have been much more of a problem since there were areas where they were not clear or in as much detail. I did encounter a problem that was frustrating. With installation almost complete, I was tightening some of the nuts when the welded tab on the support bracket broke as I was checking range of the flow control arm. Close inspection of the weld revealed that was defective in that only a small portion of one of the two welds was properly fused. I called Agri-Fab customer service and I received a replacement part in 4 days. I completed the replacement without problem although it cost me several hours of time. Overall the design and construction appears suitable for intended use. Calibration of the flow rate for the specific fertilizer to be used is critical since there is no "set and go" setting for each type and manufacturer of fertilizer.
Date published: 2019-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I bought this spreader because I have a lawn that is a bit hilly and upright spreaders have always tipped over and product blew in the wind. This drop spreader works great on my lawn. Very well built, it will outlast me.
Date published: 2019-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Purchase! Spreader worked great! I used it to drop court material on our tennis courts. I met all expectations.
Date published: 2019-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product heavy duty great product. was surprised how heavy duty it was compared to other spreaders i have had. and the tire are heavy duty rubber and not plastic like alot of other ones
Date published: 2019-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked great We purchased this spreader to pull behind our ATV so we could put down a fine powder on the ground. It went down evenly and without clogging up. It saved us much time since we were doing this with a push spreader.
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time saver. Took two hours to assemble. All hardware was included. Wife had to help hold bolts at two different places. Pay close attention to all pictures and assemble in order. Have spread pellet lime with spreader and pulled with zero turn mower. Have to watch to not turn too short like you can with any zero turn while pulling an attachment. Spread evenly, even on hillside. A real time saver on my 1/2 acre. I did not wash out, but instead used strong leaf blower to clean out. I worry about not being able to dry completely and want to prevent any rust. Oiled wheel bearings. Will save lots of time next spring fertilizer season.
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from First time for drop spreader Have not had a chance to use this spreader yet but the quality seems to be good, hope it lasts a long time
Date published: 2018-10-20
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Are the there rubber, pneumatic tires on this spreader? One reviewer said they were misrepresented in the picture and are actually plastic.

Asked by: 1acrehayfield
Dear 1acrehayfield - Yes, the wheels (tires) are pneumatic and rubber. Agri-Fab products have a wheel and tire assembly complete we do not have separate rims and tires so this may confuse some consumers. If you have additional questions the Agri-Fab customer care team is available Monday -Friday between 7 am to 5 pm CST at 800-448-9282.
Answered by: Agri-FabProductExpert
Date published: 2019-06-14

How is this product for iron sulfate application and what would be the setting on rate. Normal rate is in metric 35g to 70g per meter

Asked by: RURG
Dear RURG - Thank you for your interest in the Agri-Fab drop spreader. Yes, the spreader will work with granular iron sulfate, not liquid or powdered. I would suggest you contact the Agri-Fab customer care team to discuss applications as the question does not have the details required to accurately answer. Please call 800-448-9282 Monday - Friday between 7 am to 5 pm CST to discuss.
Answered by: Agri-FabProductExpert
Date published: 2017-04-28

Can this be used on a zero turn radius mower?

Asked by: gr598
Dear gr598 - Thank you for your interest in the Agri-Fab drop spreader. All Agri-Fab tow spreaders have an universal rear hitch pin. If you ZT mower has a rear hitch then the spreader will attach. If you have additional questions please contact the Agri-Fab customer care team at 800-448-9282 Monday -Friday between 7 am to 5 pm CST.
Answered by: Agri-FabProductExpert
Date published: 2017-10-23

Can this be used to spread manure?

Asked by: Subaru 9119
Dear Subaru 9119 - Thank you for considering the Agri-Fab drop spreader. At this time Agri-Fab does not manufacture a manure spreader. All current Agri-Fab spreaders are designed for dry material.
Answered by: Agri-FabProductExpert
Date published: 2017-03-23

Can this be used to spread a 50/50 mix of top soil and orgro

Asked by: jkief92708
Dear jkief92708 - Thank you for your interest in the Agri-Fab drop spreader. At this time Agri-Fab does not manufacture a spreader capable of distributing top soil. The high moisture content clogs the spreader.
Answered by: Agri-FabProductExpert
Date published: 2017-10-23

Can this be used to drop dry sand on a driveway in winter?

Asked by: Tonyianitelli
Dear Tonyianitelli - If you can keep the sand dry, there is no hopper cover available, the spreader will work. When sand gets wet it gums up the gears causing the spreader to lockup. Sand is not recommended in any Agri-Fab spreader.
Answered by: Agri-FabProductExpert
Date published: 2019-04-09

Would this spreader work for top dressing a lawn with clean leaf compost?

Asked by: CrazyBracken
Dear CrazyBracken - At this time Agri-Fab does not manufacture a spreader for top soil or compost. The high moisture level caused the gear mechanisms to clog and lock up.
Answered by: Agri-FabProductExpert
Date published: 2019-05-13

What is the largest size seed you can drop with this? Would like to sow soybeans, sweet corn and sunflower seed for a food plot

Asked by: Remington71
Dear Remington71 - The seeds you reference in your question are all compatible with the Agri-Fab tow spreader. If you have additional questions the Agri- Fab customer care team is available Monday -Friday between 7 am to 5 pm CST at 800-448-9282.
Answered by: Agri-FabProductExpert
Date published: 2019-06-03
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