How do I Fix Wheels on a Broadcast Spreader?

Written by kenneth crawford
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A broadcast spreader is a convenient tool to use when spreading fertiliser or seed on your lawn. A common problem with broadcast spreaders is having the wheels lock up. Broadcast spreaders use two wheels: one turns the axle and the other is a free wheel. The axle rotates a gear that operates the spreader plate. Fixing the wheels on a broadcast spreader does not require adjusting the wheels. It requires adjusting the shaft support plate between the axle and the spreader.

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Turn the broadcast spreader upside down so that the wheels are pointing up. Remove the screws securing the cover over the support plate with a Phillips-head screwdriver, if your spreader uses a cover.

  2. 2

    Loosen the nuts securing the support plate to the bottom of the spreader with a socket wrench. Loosen the nuts just enough that you can move the plate by tapping on it, but not so loose that the plate moves without effort.

  3. 3

    Tap the edge of the support plate with a hammer just enough to move the plate no more than 1/8 inch. Rotate the drive tire by hand and feel how freely the wheel and axle move.

  4. 4

    Continue making small 1/8 inch adjustments to the support plate until the wheels and axle move with little effort.

  5. 5

    Use a socket wrench to tighten the nuts that secure the support plate.

Tips and warnings

  • Although this is the general way to free up the wheels on a broadcast spreader, consult your owner's manual for specifics for your brand.

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