Yard Commander Tow Broadcast Fertilizer Spreader Review

Fertilizer Spreader Reviews

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The YTL-002-179 model is one of the highest-rated fertilizer spreaders online, but we decided to test it out instead of giving in to all that hype. It is hardly the most affordable option on the market, but once we started using it, we understood that it packs enough nifty features to justify its higher price tag.

Read on to know why it makes a great choice.

Yard Commander Tow Broadcast Fertilizer Spreader Review

Here is a quick recap of what we liked and didn't like about the Yard Commander Tow Broadcast Fertilizer Spreader Review


  • Works with a garden tractor, ATV and UTV

  • 125-lb high capacity unit
  • Durable, rust-proof hopper with cover
  • 12-inch pneumatic all-season tires
  • Can be used to spread snow-melt, seeds, and sand


  • Plastic spreader disk chips off easily
  • A bit difficult to assemble
Yard Commander YTL-002-179 125 Pound Tow Broadcast Fertilizer Spreader, Black
  • Max. 125LB Capacity
  • Durable rust-proof hopper with cover
  • Heavy Duty Metal Gear

What Did We Like About It?

1. Durable Design

Of all things a spreader should be, durability ranks high on the priority list. And frankly, we're very impressed with what Yard Commander has done here. Unlike cheap plastic spreaders, this metal-made model features a rust-proof hopper with cover. It weighs close to 27 lbs and includes 12-inch pneumatic tires that can withstand all seasons.

Therefore, if you want a sturdy unit for heavy-duty applications, you can never go wrong with this one. All you need to do is attach it to a garden tractor or an ATV and then let it do all the hard work.

2. Versatile Model

The Tow Broadcast Spreader is value for money all the way. In terms of compatibility, this unit can work with any garden tractor, ATV or UTV, allowing users to comfortably control the spread width and flow rate from the driver's seat.

Our front porch and yard get a thick snow cover in the winter, and we conveniently used this spreader to disperse it. Plus, it works great if you're looking to spread sand, seeds, or any other feed material.

So, don't limit its use with fertilizer only when you can use it for several other applications.

3. High Capacity

This spreader boasts a capacity of 125 lbs, which will provide you with coverage of about 25,000 sq ft. Long story short, you can complete even a comprehensive spreading task in one go, unlike cheaper models where you'd have to reload multiple times.

So, if you have about half an acre of land that needs to be maintained and tilled, we suggest investing in this option. Also, the large capacity especially comes in handy when you want to spread a denser feed across the land area.

What Could've Been Better?

Well, like all good quality spreaders, this model also has a chink or two in its armor. But none of them is a deal-breaker per se.

The only noticeable flaw worth mentioning is the plastic spreader disk, which can chip off upon the slightest impact. Even though the gears are metal-made, we would have liked it better if the spreader was sturdier.

Other than that, we did face some difficulties while assembling and connecting the unit with the vehicle. However, you have to carefully refer to  every step in the manual, and we're sure that things will get easier after the first attempt.

About the Author

Steve has been gardening for over 20 years now. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

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