How to Maintain a Fertilizer Spreader

Part of the responsibility of owning a fertilizer spreader is maintenance. If you do not maintain your spreader, you may be required to purchase parts before you would originally need to. Here are a few basic steps to keep your salt, sand or tailgate spreader in good working order.


You do not want to leave fertilizer in your spreader so always make sure you empty it before storing. On larger models, be sure to lower the rollers onto a hard flat surface. If you can store your spreaders indoors it will give them a longer life.


To keep your fertilizer spreader working smoothly, remember to oil all moving parts such as grease fittings, chains and sprockets. If you do not do this you have a higher chance of parts breaking or your spreader becoming stuck.

Keep It Clean

After each use, empty your spreader and be sure to brush out all the small bits of fertilizer. Thoroughly rinse your fertilizer spreader with water and dry completely. If you have a larger spreader, it is a good idea to clean off any grease or dirt and empty the contents if you are not going to be using it for a few days.

Check Your Chains

The larger models of pull behind fertilizer spreaders have chains that need to be checked to ensure that they are in good shape. Oil, tighten or replace them as needed.

Disassembling Your Spreader

If it becomes necessary for you to take your spreader apart, be sure you mark the positions of the pieces. It is important for you to reassemble your fertilizer spreader correctly. If you do not do this you are risking the chance that your spreader will not turn in the right direction. This is especially pertinent with smaller spreaders.

Paint Touch Ups

The smaller spreaders are frequently made from plastic, while larger spreaders are made from metal. If your paint starts to wear off, touch ups are required to prevent rust from eating away at your fertilizer spreader.

Worn Parts

Check your fertilizer spreader on a regular basis for wear and tear on parts. Replace worn parts as needed and you will run into fewer problems.

Whether your have a small or large spreader many of the rules are the same. Keep on top of all maintenance procedures and follow the maintenance guide in your owner’s manual. If you have misplaced your owner’s manual you can contact the manufacture for instructions or ask someone for help at your local home and garden store.