Drop Spreader vs Rotary Spreader

One essential tool that you need to have in your gardening kit is a spreader. It is a very useful and handy tool that you can use to apply seeds, fertilizer, or herbicide over a wide area more quickly. There are various models of spreader available on the market, but they all can be classified into two general categories: Drop Spreader and Rotary Spreader. So, what is actually the difference between Drop Spreader vs Rotary Spreader? Which one is the best for your gardening project?

Spread Pattern
The primary difference between a drop spreader and a rotary spreader is obviously the spread pattern. A drop spreader would distribute the load (the seeds, fertilizer, or herbicide) in even rows. It drops the load directly through the holes in-between the wheels, hence the name. As the effect, the load will only be applied to the area passed by the operator, and the spread pattern extends only as wide as the length between its wheels. Most manufacturers recommend to use a drop spreader with the 50% setting and in a crosshatch pattern to ensure even coverage.

On the other hand, rotary spreaders are also known as broadcast spreaders. A rotary spreader spreads the load in a fan-like pattern over a large tract of land. The size of the spread pattern depends on the operator’s speed and the size of the holes. The distribution becomes thinner if you broadcast the load further from the spreader. It is also recommended to use a rotary spreader at the 50% setting and in a crosshatch pattern. (Read also : Drop Spreader vs Broadcast Spreader)

A drop spreader can give you much better accuracy because you know precisely where it drops its load. This is especially useful if your place has laws that require you to clean-up any product that is scattered on hardscape surfaces such as sidewalks. By using a drop spreader, you can easily avoid spreading seeds outside your lawn. It is also not affected by wind.

On the other hand, a rotary spreader is not as accurate and is more difficult to control. You need to be more careful if you don’t want to spread sees outside your lawn. Its performance may be affected by heavy wind.

One big factor that people need to consider when choosing between a drop spreader vs rotary spreader is time. A drop spreader is suitable for small lawns, those that are under 5,000 square feet in size. However, it will take significantly more time to cover large lawns, which is very inconvenient.

A rotary spreader would be much more practical for covering large grounds. It is faster and more efficient. In addition, rotary spreaders usually have larger capacity than drop spreaders, minimizing the time needed to refill.

A rotary spreader is generally more preferred because it is faster and more efficient, able to cover more ground at once. It usually also has a larger capacity, so you won’t have to refill as often. However, if you have particular concerns such as heavy wind or distribution accuracy, a drop spreader would be more suitable.