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Model: 45-0288
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Generously Sized Hopper
Extra large 175 lb (17-gallon dry) capacity
Up to 40,000 sq. ft. coverage (roughly 1 acre)

Rustproof Poly Hopper
Premium galvanized rust-proof steel agitator for easy cleaning
42-inch controlled spread width

On/Off Control
Accessible from tractor seat for convenience

Large Pneumatic Tires
For easier maneuvering on all types of terrain

Universal Hitch
Fits any lawn tractor regardless of brand

Made In The USA


Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
46 Pounds
Product Length
33.0 Inches
Product Width
50.0 Inches
Product Height
28.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
052613452882
Model
45-0288
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  1 Question
Q: Can the Agri-Fab 175 LB Tow Behind Drop Spreader be used to spread top soil effectively?
by Glenn Fujii from New York on May 04, 2015

A: Glenn - The Agri-Fab 45-0288 tow behind drop spreader will not handle top soil. This unit can only spread seed, granular and pelletized material.
by Jose, Product Expert
Agri-Fab 45-0288 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (7)
High Quality (7)
Durable (6)
I'd Buy It Again (5)
Light Weight (5)
Cons
Unreliable (2)
Expensive (2)
The Leaver Is To Short F... (1)
Packs Lime And Wheels Wo... (1)
Heavy (1)
82% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Total Reviews
90 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14652 Helpful Votes
Mowers Direct Recommended

The Agri-Fab 45-0288 tow behind drop spreader is a nice step up in quality from our other two recommended models. This spreader has a larger capacity and some better features - as you would expect from our "best in class" recommendation.

The Agri-Fab 45-0288 comes with a rust-proof poly hopper that can hold up to 175 pounds of material - enough for a full acre of property. Another benefit is you can control the settings from the seat, so you don't have to get off your tractor... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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Michael M
Oakdale, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/10/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
02
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
175lb. Agri-fab Drop Spreader, Good Equipment, Great Support!
The spreader arrived missing a part, the flow control rod. I was very disappointed I may not get my food plot done as planned. I left a message on the Agri-Fab support web site and they shipped the part the next day. Not knowing the part had shipped I also contacted Mowers Direct and the support staff were very helpful, and were preparing to ship the part also. I arrived at my cabin on Friday in the afternoon to find the part at the door.

Not only was the support service great the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Light Weight, I'd Buy It Again
Michael Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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Kevin M
Katonah, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/27/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
29
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Not So Thrilled
Desirable. I consider myself an above average DIY homeowner. I took the time to lay out all the components, I read the instructions, and still, I had to disassemble the brackets next to the wheels because one of the bolts needed to be inserted from inside the hopper. For some strange reason, one of the wheels doesn't spin as freely as the other, even with a couple of shots of WD-40. As a result, when I applied lawn fertilizer, the different rotational speeds caused an unusual striping on my... more
Cons: Unreliable, Bad Instructions
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Thomas O.
Roxbury, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/29/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
20
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Nice Device
Latch does not set strong enough, but a bungee cord helps.
Thomas Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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Dale S.
Geneva, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/26/13
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
16
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Time Saver
I used this spreader to drop 4 tons of Lime and 2 tons of fertilizer in one day on 2 separate food plots I have buried 1/4 mile back in the woods. It operated flawlessly on all 6,000 pounds of material once I got the hang of how far to open it for the flow. It spread the material evenly and consistently. Now if it works that good to spread my seed I'll be one happy camper. It cut my time by 1/3rd with the 175 pound hopper. So far a great product.
Pros: Durable, Features, Easy To Use, Light Weight, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Dale Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
Dale's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The buy process was simple and easy, shipping cost were fair and delivery was fast."
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Gary
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/12/13
REVIEWED
SEP.
04
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Does The Job
Bought this to spread lime. It arrived on time and was easy to assemble. However one wheel was damaged but not totally destroyed. The lime went on at only half the rate I needed with the spreader full open. Actually this was a blessing as I made a second pass at a right angle to even out the application. It rained a day later to wash the lime in and the following day UPS delivered a replacement wheel for the damaged one.( I called customer service on the packing slip and they were great.)
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Durable, Price, Features, High Quality
Cons: Packaging
Gary Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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John T.
Wyoming, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUL.
25
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Buying A Spreader
I looked at a lot of different lawn spreaders, till I came across this website. Price was right and it was delivered as fast as you could ask for in ground shipping. I loaded it up with weed and feed and went to work on my lawn. It followed nicely behind my riding lawn mower and it spread the weed and feed perfect. Really quiet and smooth operation. The settings are simple to set and after I got done working I followed the instructions and cleaned it up. I am ready to use it again soon. If you... more
Pros: Light Weight, Quiet, Price, I'd Buy It Again
John Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
John Would Recommend Mowers Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mowesr Direct is where you find the things you need and great customer service."
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Beverly T.
Bridgeport, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/6/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Drop Spreader
I needed a drop spreader to spread Humate onto my large yard. This spreader worked perfectly for the heavy weight of the soil additive. I used it behind my John Deere Gator for the large areas outside of the yard and my riding lawn mower in the yard.
Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Heavy
Beverly Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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Richard T.
Allentown, NJ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/15/13
REVIEWED
JUN.
17
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Good But
Must put pulverised lime in a bag at a time and at the garden. Put in 2 50 Lb. bags and rode approx. 150 ft. Wheels wouldn't turn. Took some out and stirred it and then it worked.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Quiet, Price, Light Weight, Easy To Store
Cons: Packs Lime And Wheels Won't Turn
Richard Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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John A.
Arundel, ME
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/8/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
03
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Drop Rate
Product is well built but don't believe the drop rate instructions. I dropped a 5000 sq ft bag in a 500 ft strip on a setting 2.
John Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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Karen M.
Knoxville, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/18/15
REVIEWED
APR.
08
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Doesn't Work For Compost
The spreader arrived quickly and seems to be well made, but I got it for spreading compost and it does not work at all with compost. The holes are much too small to allow the compost to disperse. It completely locked up. So now I'm out $200 and ended up spreading two tons of compost by hand. Disappointed.
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Karen,
We are sorry to hear of your disappointment. You are correct that this spreader will not handle compost. It is meant to handle fertilizer or seed. Compost is too thick as you found out. We have experts available. You should have contacted us first and we could have let you know what the spreader is capable of.
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Karen,
Karen,

Sorry you were disappointed in our Spreader. It is made strictly for fertilizer and grass seed.
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Eric
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/26/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
28
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
It's Ok
This was easy to assemble and works good enough for my needs. However, one side spreads slower than the other side.

I rechecked my assembly and still the same. Would give it a higher score but, for as much as one pays for this, I would have hoped for a way to adjust the flow independently so it would spread evenly.
Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight, High Quality, Quiet
Cons: Unreliable, Expensive
Eric Recommends This Agri-Fab Product
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