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Lesco High Wheel Fertilizer Spreader Review

Manufactured by John Deere, one of the most recognized brand names in the world since 1837, the Lesco High Wheel Fertilizer Spreader 101186 has established a reputation as the top fertilizer spreader currently on the market and is considered the industry standard. 

Thanks to its ability to be used year round to spread fertilizer and seeds during the spring and summer, as well as salt and ice in the fall and winter, it is often the top choice for landscapers.  This is also what sets it apart from most of the competition. 

The following Lesco High Wheel Fertilizer Spreader review provides an in-depth look at everything this spreader has to offer, as well as my personal thoughts on this product.

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  • Includes a hopper with an 80 pound capacity, as well as a gearbox with a 5 to 1 gear ratio and a manual deflector kit.
  • Has an overall width of 25 inches.
  • Adjustable handle can be mounted in 3 positions, making it easier for people of all sizes to use this spreader.
  • Constructed with a stainless steel axle, frame, and impeller shaft for increased durability, even in the harshest weather conditions.
  • Large cam operated impeller allows for highly effective agitation.
  • Shutoff plate includes a pattern adjustment slide that makes it easy to evenly distribute your products (fertilizer, seed, salt).
  • Agitator is designed to sweep past the hole openings in both directions to lessen product damage and prevent product bridging.
  • Has oversized pneumatic tires to reduce rutting, while increasing stability and making it easier to apply fertilizer to thicker and taller grass.
  • Does require some assembly and instructions are included.


Although it is has a list price of of around $550, it is possible to find the Lesco Fertilizer Spreader on sale from time to time.  Please note that this price does not include a spreader cover (092128), though one can be purchased separately for less than $30. 

This is a good investment because it keeps moisture out and fertilizer dirt in.  If, after purchasing it, you decided you needed a higher hopper capacity, you can purchase the Lesco Extension Hopper Kit (709915) , which increases the capacity to 100 pounds for a little more than $100.
Final Thoughts:

If you live in an area where you fertilize in the spring and summer and also have to contend with ice and snow in the winter, this is definitely a spreader worth purchasing.  According to several users, it can easily last up to 10 years, as long as you make certain it is well maintained.  In addition, it is highly effective at getting the job done and it is user friendly. 
However, if you live somewhere that rarely, if ever, gets hit with snow or ice, you may find that it is not worth the high list price. One of the primary benefits of the Lesco High Wheel Fertilizer Spreader (and part of the reason for its high price) is its ability to be used year round.  If you will only use it for part of the year, it might be a good idea to look for a Lesco fertilizer spreader that doesn’t serve dual purposes because it will probably cost less.

Overall, there is no doubt that this is one of the best fertilizer spreaders you can buy, but it all comes down to usability and price.  If you will use it year round, it’s worth purchasing.  If you won’t use it year round, you may want to look for something less expensive, unless you can find it on sale.