JD Spreader

SN 09031103 Lot 1039
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Check to make sure tires are inflated to 20 psi (1.3 bar) (138 kPa) maximum.

Operating the Spreader

The fan speed and the spread width are controlled by the speed of the vehicle. The recommended operating speed is slightly faster than that of a brisk walk, 3 mph. 3 mph is equal to the vehicle traveling 40 ft in nine seconds.

The flow control assembly operates the flow control plate. The flow control assembly is marked 0 (closest) to 10 (fully open). The position selected determine the amount of material to be broadcast. The higher the number, the heavier the application of material.

Flow control setting for many of the common fertilizers, insecticides, and grass seeds are provided in the alphabetized table listing flow control settings. If the product is not listed in the flow control settings table, use the calibration guide to set the flow control.

Directional Control

Normal Operation (Uniform Spreading)

Fertilizers, insecticides, and grass seed each have different particle size and weight. This can be referred to as particle density. As the particles are impacted by the fan, the distribution can be centered or slightly off center depending on particle density and forward vehicle speed.


Adjustment can be made by moving the direction control plate (A) to the right or left.


The directional decal located below the directional control plate will aid you in adjusting the spread pattern. For most applications the plate should be placed close to the center position (B) described by the label above. If the material is coming out right or left during operation, adjustment of this plate should be made to center the material distribution pattern behind the vehicle. Your broadcast spreader has a patented feature to allow you to adjust for centering.

One Side Only Spreading


The directional control plate can be used for adjusting the material spread pattern when spreading near sidewalks (C), planting beds (D), etc. With the plate adjusted to the left side (E), the directional control plate only operates with 90% shut-off of material to the right side (F) of the vehicle as shown in the illustration above.

Operating Tips

• Always operate your spreader with the speed limit for which it was designed – 3 mph.

• Do not load the hopper with more than the maximum weight capacity of 79 kg (175 lb).

• Break up any lumps as you fill the hopper.

• The flow control handle should have resistance to movement. Increase or decrease spring tension as required to get desired flow control handle resistance.

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