There comes a point in our lives where we wonder what life was like before ATV Spreaders was invented. But that only happens after you try spreading salt, seeds, fertilizers and other elements using your ATV as the hauling vehicle. Yes, the first segment of this paragraph was meant to be read humorously, but there's nothing humorous about the awesome value you get from a Cycle Country or Swisher ATV Spreader.
Chances are your ATV already comes equipped with a sturdy and heavy duty tubular rack, just begging for some real time usage on the field. Your ATV's front or rear rack, plus the respective mounting kit is all you need to hook up these ATV Spreaders onto your specific ATV. The only question remaining is which brand you want to go with, both of them are powerhouses in the ATV Spreader world. In life, we get special moments where everything seems to make sense, this is one of them.
Interesting facts about the Cycle Country Spreader
This spreader does not have an agitator in the seed hopper. Some bearded seeds (such as fescue and bromegrass) can bridge over the seed gate opening and cause erratic seed flow which will result in skips and misses in the spread pattern. The above problem can be helped by mixing the seed with dry sand (50/50 mix) then adjust the seed gate accordingly to compensate. The spreader will not work with rock salt. It will spread granular calcium chloride, if dry and free flowing.
- Fill the hopper near the spreading location. Transporting a full hopper (especially with fertilizer) over long distances may cause material packing, resulting in poor or erratic discharge.
- For best results, use fertilizer pellets, to reduce clumping and dust.
- Be sure to sift or break up lumps commonly found in some types of granular fertilizer before filling hopper.
- Do not use on windy days, especially when spreading fine grass seed.
- Use of herbicides (especially broadleaf weed killers) is NOT RECOMMENDED, as there is a possibility of wind drift or overthrow of material.
- For best results, cover area twice at 1/2 of the recommended material usage rate. On the second pass, run halfway between the first spreading width or in a criss-cross pattern. This method allows the most complete and even coverage and also gives the operator a chance to adjust gate setting to compensate for too thin or too heavy of a covering on the first pass.
- When broadcasting fertilizer, always start the vehicle in motion before opening the feed gate. (Do not allow vehicle to sit stationary with feed gate open). If fertilizer is accidentally deposited too heavily in a small area, soak thoroughly with garden hose or sprinkler to prevent chemical burning.
- The amount of seed or fertilizer broadcast depends on the size of the hopper gate opening and the speed of the vehicle. The table shown on the next page is an approximate guide based on a vehicle speed of 4 MPH. A vehicle traveling at 4 mph will go 100 feet in 17 seconds. Be sure the vehicle engine is running fast enough for the generator to properly charge the battery. On some vehicles it may be necessary to use a lower gear to maintain an adequate engine speed for charging the battery.
- Set the gate opening stop for the material to be spread according to the following chart. If making 2 passes at half the flow rate, (as recommended) and the area is not too large, it is advisable to put approximately 1/2 of the material in the hopper. This will give an approximate check of rate usage and will allow for adjustments on the second pass.
- With the gate closed, fill the hopper with the material to be spread at the usage site. DO NOT transport fertilizer in the hopper over long distances as it may clump, resulting in erratic discharge or a hopper jam.
- The motor (item 1) and spreader spinner (item 2) can be adjusted from front to back under the hopper gate opening to center the spread pattern.
- The two-part deflector shield (item 5) may be moved apart or together to narrow or broaden, respectively, the spreading pattern.
- The chart in this manual is based on an ATV speed of 4 MPH. Spreading coverage can be varied by doubling the ground speed from 4 MPH to 8 MPH, which will reduce the pounds per acre by half of the indicated chart rate or by reducing ground speed from 4 MPH to 2 MPH, which will double the pounds per acre indicated in the rate chart.