Lesco Spreader Settings Guide

When it comes to soil management and crop productivity, you shouldn’t settle for just any available product. Lesco delivers top-notch technologies that are strategically designed and rigorously tested. You can trust their spreaders to meet and exceed your expectations because getting more green from less work is what they are all about.

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Lesco Spreader Settings

Starting spreading operations with the proper settings for your specific machine is a great start in the right direction. Incorrect spreader settings can lead to a waste of time and resources if too much product is applied. If too little product is applied, it can also cause brand misconception and low yields. 

You can find the correct settings for your Lesco spreader by checking the product’s package for the application rate per 1000 square feet and cross-referencing it to the chart we have provided below. 

Pounds of Product per 1000 square feet
Spreader 1lb 2lb 3lb 4lb 5lb 6lb 7lb
Lesco (Letters) D G I J K L M
Lesco (Numbers) 10 15 17 21 22 24 26

Do bear in mind that the values listed above are approximate, and should be used as starting points only. Several factors such as weather conditions, regularity of calibration, and spreader maintenance conditions could affect the product’s spread rate. 

How To Calibrate Your Lesco Spreader

Calibrating your lawn spreader is crucial. It is the only way to ensure you apply the proper amount of fertilizer, grass seed, or any other lawn product. Excessive fertilizer can burn your lawn, and applying too little has proven ineffective. 

Sparsely spreading grass seeds will take your lawn several months to fill in, and over-seeding would cause your grass to grow in clusters. Both scenarios would leave you with undesirable results and your lawn a non-professional appearance. You can calibrate your Lesco spreader by following these ten easy steps below.  

  1. Rather than using a portion of your lawn as the test area, you can utilize redundant garbage bags. Place the bags flat on the ground to form a 10-foot square. You can use a measuring tape to mark this out and duct tape to hold all the bags. Overlap them where necessary, and ensure the bags measure 10-foot both horizontally and vertically. This should simulate a 100-square-foot test area. 
  2. Check the product bag for fertilizer or grass seed application rate. This figure should be in pounds per 1000 square feet. Divide this figure by 10 (to match your 100 square-foot test area). For instance, if the product package suggests 5 pounds/1000 sq. ft, divide five by 10 to get ½ pound. 
  3. Push your Lesco spreader to one edge of the garbage bags. Ensure that the operating lever is closed to avoid any spillage. Pour the lawn product into the hopper. 
  4. Engage the operating lever, and walk at an average pace of about three mph. Push the spreader in non-overlapping rows across the garbage bags. 
  5. Disengage the operating lever when you reach the test area’s end to stop the product’s flow. Push the spreader off the garbage bags. 
  6. Carefully fold the garbage bags to form an incline. Lift one edge of the chute, and pour the product into a container. Ensure you weighed the original container while empty to enable you to zero out the scales. 
  7. Measure the container with the product on a kitchen scale, and subtract the original weight of the container from this value.
  8. Using the example we gave above, the product dispersed on the garbage bags should weigh ½ pound if the spreader is accurately calibrated. 
  9. If your spreader releases less product, increase the settings. If your spreader distributed more product, lower the settings using the rate dial knob. 
  10. Repeat the procedure and make necessary adjustments until the spreader is correctly calibrated. 

Lesco Spreader Models Explained

Lesco lawn spreaders are available in both broadcast and drop spreader models. While drop spreaders are better suited for smaller lawns and distribute product directly between the tires, broadcast spreaders are ideal for larger lawns because they fan out material in wider swaths. 

We would be discussing the features and functionalities of two Lesco spreader models that are in high demand on the market below, to give you an idea of what to expect from this product. 

  • Lesco 80lb High Wheel Fertilizer Spreader

The Lesco 80lb fertilizer spreader is the first choice for landscaping and lawn care experts all around the world. Features such as an 80lb capacity hopper, an enclosed gearbox with a 5:1 gear ratio, and a manual deflector are only a few among the many details that make this spreader an ideal choice for professionals everywhere. 

This spreader also has the ability to adapt to users’ needs all year round. In warmer months, granular fertilizers and grass seeds can be applied to improve root growth and rejuvenate lawn health. While in winter, the spreader is also of great use as it can be used to spread dry salt and ice melt to prevent slipping accidents on surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, etc.

Whichever season of the year it might be, this Lesco spreader is the tool for the job as it is indeed an all-season spreader. Other features include: 

  • An adjustable handle for easy usage by operators. 
  • All-stainless steel frame for prolonged durability.
  • Extra-large pneumatic wheels for increased stability, and reduced rutting. 
  • 25” overall width. 
  • Lesco 50lb Push Spreader

With a 50lb hopper capacity, the Lesco 50lb walk-behind push spreader is suitable for spreading all forms of granular lawn care products, which makes it a great choice as well for landscaping and lawn care professionals. 

This spreader features durable wheels that allow for a smooth spreading experience in almost every type of terrain. Its enclosed gearbox also protects the gear system from being damaged by the effects of dust particles or debris. 

Its powder-coated steel carbon frame also does a perfect job at withstanding harsh outdoor elements, which in turn ensures the spreader’s longevity even in rugged conditions. 


  • Danny Saunders

    Danny Saunders is a tech enthusiast. He enjoys getting his hands dirty with the features and settings of tech products and pushing them to their limits just to know how to get the best from them and how well they can endure "abuse" without breaking down. He shares his findings on this blog.