When Julie asked if I would like to review the Scotts® Snap® Spreader System and Snap-Pac fertilizer, I told her I would be glad to. I love having a nice yard to show off to everyone. Mowing is one of my favorite things to do around the house, although I don’t like to weed-eat. Taking care of my lawn and making it look its best makes me feel like I have accomplished something. Conventional spreaders are convenient but can be a hassle. There are lots of steps before you’re ready: lugging around the large bags, having to cut them open, pour the contents into the spreader, read the instructions on the bag to know what setting to put the spreader on, and finally setting the spreader to the correct settings. After doing all this, you are finally ready to start fertilizing. Enter Scotts newest foray into turning your yard into a beautiful masterpiece. The Scotts Snap Lawn Care System Snap Spreader takes all the guesswork out of having a beautiful yard.
With Scotts’ newest design, you can just Snap, Lock and Go…
Comparison of the new Snap-Pac bag to the older style bag…. Notice the handle holes on the Snap-Pac bag for ease of handling and placing in the Snap Spreader.
Getting started is actually quite easy, after unpacking the Spreader from the box it came in, taking off all the cardboard, unfolding the handle and locking it into place with the thumbscrew on the side of the handle, the Spreader is ready to receive the Snap-Pac bag.
You simply place the Snap-Pac bag down into the Snap Spreader. You will see on the front of the Snap Spreader is a little lever; after placing the Snap-Pac bag into the Snap Spreader, simply push the lever into the locked position and the Snap Spreader is ready to go. You don’t have to worry about setting anything. The spreading rate is automatically set for you.
You will notice on the bottom of the Snap-Pac bag there is a oblong opening with a plastic bushing. On the Snap Spreader, there is a a similiar setup, but instead of a plastic bushing there is a plastic shaft that inter-locks with the bushing on the Snap-Pac bag.
After placing the Snap-Pac bag in place, you are ready to fertilize. As with all spreaders, there is a lever that activates the system. There is a some resistance on the lever. I wasn’t sure if I was doing something right, but after a little more pressure we were able to get the lever to work. When you pull the lever, it engages the plastic shaft and slides it over to open the Snap-Pac bag.
After pulling the lever up, just start walking at a normal pace. Pushing the Snap Spreader around the yard engages the rotary spreader, which throws the fertilizer around your yard. Keep a steady pace of walking, not too fast but a slow pace, and the fertilizer spreads evenly. The large wheels on the Snap spreader are nice; they allow you to effortlessly go over your yard.
I had my mother try this spreader so I could take some pics. She enjoyed the ease of the Snap spreader and had fun walking around and fertilizing her yard. The Snap spreader works great. I wish the Snap-Pac bags would cover more area, but I’m not sure they could make the bags larger. If you have a large yard, just make sure you have purchased enough Snap-Pac bags to cover your yard. When the Snap-Pac bag runs out, just slide lever over to unlock, remove empty bag, place a new bag in, lock it back in place, and you are ready to continue. Doesn’t get any easier.
The Snap spreader also has a edge guard to keep the fertilizer out of your flower gardens. Just pull the lever down to engage the edge guard; when you are away from the flower garden, just pull the lever back up. All this can be done without having to stop – nice feature and easy to do.
One thing I noticed on the Snap Spreader that I received is that the lever didn’t go back down; it was stuck in the open position. I was able to remedy this by pushing the plastic shaft back over to its original position. The first picture shows the shaft in the open position; the second shows the shaft pushed back over by hand. This is a slight annoyance and I’m not sure why it is doing this, but just releasing the lever did not let the shaft go back to its original position to accept a new Snap-Pac bag.
Once finished with fertilizing, removal is just the opposite – slide lever to unlocked position, pull the bag out, and fold the handle down for easy storage. Then just toss the empty Snap-Pac bag into your garbage for quick disposal….
I would definitely recommend the Scotts Snap Lawn Care System to anyone. The ease of this system with no guess work makes it a great spreader to have around. No more large bags of fertilizer to haul around, and no more setting the spreader to different settings.. I like this system. And you can purchase more than just fertilizer for the Scott Snap Spreader. There are bags of seeds and weed killers also available in Snap-Pac bags.
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