Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133)

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  • 24" spread
  • Hand held
  • For seed, fertilizer & ice melt
  • Plastic hopper & agitator
  • On/off trigger


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Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133)
 
2.2

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (34)

32%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (24)
  • Effective (13)
  • Quality (11)
  • Value (11)
  • Good directions (7)

Cons

  • Didn't work as expected (23)
  • Difficult to use (16)
  • Gets stuck (14)

Best Uses

  • Fertilizer (5)
  • Planting seeds (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (5), Professional landscaper (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A necessary tool that could be better

I really need to use a hand spreader for a variety of applications. I otherwise use a Scotts drop spreader. I've been using this little hand spreader for the last several years to lay...Read complete review

I really need to use a hand spreader for a variety of applications. I otherwise use a Scotts drop spreader. I've been using this little hand spreader for the last several years to lay seed, ice melter, fertilizer, and most recently some pelletized lime. The little orange crank handle broke about a year ago, but I managed to glue it back on sufficiently to work for a while. The pelletized lime was more difficult to spread and the handle came off again. Wish I could get a replacement crank handle, as the spreader is still needed. It works well when it works.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poorly reDesigned

I work in the extermination industry. Have been for 15+ years. Scotts spreaders used to be made with MUCH better quality. I purchased 6 of these after i left mine at a job...Read complete review

I work in the extermination industry. Have been for 15+ years. Scotts spreaders used to be made with MUCH better quality. I purchased 6 of these after i left mine at a job site by accident. Worst mistake I every made. All 6 of these spreaders jammed immediately at first day! Usually by 2nd or 3rd use. I returned 4 back to the store of purchase and voiced my concerns (went in one ear and was never addressed. That was last year that it happened. Bought another just to see if problem was corrected 3 mths ago. Still jammed@first use. This is the problem that I found...poor design with any weight in the spreader. Grass seed-works great! Fertilizer-if it is a heavy grain...forget it! We use a granular pesticide that is the same grain as sand(very fine but is heavy like sand) I figured out anything over 3/4 of a lb. jammed it up. The older spreader that was held together with screws was the best spreaderwe ever used. Mine lasted for 3yrs under heavy use. Replacing one like that...more worth the $12-$16 price tag. Replacing one that last 5 days? Really?

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1.0

Broke Almost Immediately

By LizL

from Austin, TX, USA

Pros

  • Good directions

Cons

  • Didn't work as expected
  • Difficult to use
  • Not durable

Best Uses

    Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

    Scotts should be embarrassed by the quality and durability of this product. I used this spreader to fertilize my yard and it jammed up frequently and was hard to turn. Because of this, it fertilized unevenly and dumped large amounts of fertilizer when it froze up. The handle broke less than halfway through fertilizing my yard. It doesn't look repairable, since the low-quality plastic in the handle bent during use. Save yourself some frustration and don't buy this. In the future, I'll be avoiding plastic lawn-care products and looking for more durable metal ones.

     
    4.0

    Perfect Size

    By mricci

    from Nashville, TN, USA

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Effective

    Cons

    • unsure of proper setting sometimes

    Best Uses

      Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

      I own a condo with a very small yard and this spreader is just perfect.

       
      5.0

      superior ergonomic design

      By Anonymous

      from Interlochen, MI, USA

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Effective
      • Quality
      • value

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

          The ergonomic "wrap around" handle design of this spreader makes it much less fatiguing to use than other competitive brands. It is easy to see where the seed is being spread. I use mine for spreading seed for deer food plots- everything from soybeans to clover is easy to spread with this product.

           
          5.0

          Works great

          By RobertGry

          from NC

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Effective

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

              Works great for spreading seed and fertilizer in small areas. I use for small fenced in backyard, works great.

               
              1.0

              Did not work well.

              By sheenaeva

              from Chalmette, LA, USA

              Pros

                Cons

                • Didn't work as expected

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                  I thought buy this product would be easy to use but it wasn't. It would not spread evenly and kept getting stuck. Every time I used it my grass would have diss colored patched days later. I would waste my money. I would spend a little more money on the walk behind one before buying this product.

                   
                  5.0

                  This is the GO TO tool for my lawn

                  By MikeWhi

                  from Hickory, NC, USA

                  Pros

                  • Easy to use
                  • Effective
                  • Good directions
                  • Quality
                  • value
                  • versitel very light

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                      This hand held spreader is a must for anyone that wants to have a good lawn you pin point ever spot that you want to attack with any product that that you choose to use I use it for spot fertilizing, for crabgrass spots in early spring it is the only way to seed a lawn, and in the summer months when you get the brown spots then I fill it up with Scotts fungus Control. If you check your PH in your soil and you just need to adjust a small part than this is the tool

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great tool

                      By nekervis

                      from Maynard, MA, USA

                      Pros

                      • Quality

                      Cons

                      • none

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                        Just a great tool work perfectly as needed. I use it for seeding, applying Scott's 4 step program

                         
                        1.0

                        Junk

                        By johns6

                        from texas

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Didn't work as expected
                          • Difficult to use

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                            After about going through half of the hopper it becomes very hard to crank. Wish I still had my receipt to return to Home Depot. I would be embarrassed to have this in my product line. Better not to sell anything than to sell junk. Should have read the reviews first. I am will to pay more money for a product that works than to waste my time buying a product, taking it home and finding out it doesn't work as advertised.

                             
                            1.0

                            Do not buy!!!!!

                            By DanJen

                            from Paris, Il

                            Pros

                            • value

                            Cons

                            • Didn't work as expected
                            • Difficult to use

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                              I bought this due to the Scott's name and quality that they are suppose to have. I put some seed in this thing and made two turn and it doesn't work. If I empty the unit it works sometimes. Need to start using metal gears again and get rid of the plastic. I will not tell anyone to buy this product.

                               
                              1.0

                              Great For Holding Fertilizer But That’s About It

                              By RyanMow

                              from Undisclosed

                              Pros

                              • Nice green color

                              Cons

                              • Didn't work as expected
                              • Difficult to use

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                I bought this for spreading fertilizer around our lawn. I saw this same product at multiple lawn & garden/home improvement stores so I though it must be a good product. I was wrong. I don’t know if it is the dust from the fertilizer or if small pellets of fertilizer get stuck in the gears but after spreading about half of what the unit can hold it is almost impossible to turn the crank. The only way I can get the crank turning again is if I spay it out with water and put some water in the holding area and turn the crank until it loosens up. It works fine for about another half and then I have to do the same thing all over again. I also let my neighbor give it a try and the same thing happened to him. But when he tried turning it after it started to lock up his hand slipped and he cut a gash in his thumb. Not worth the time. Not worth the effort. Don’t buy this.

                                 
                                1.0

                                Needs Lube

                                By K.H.

                                from Burbank Ca.

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Gets Stuck

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                    Right out of the box, I had the same problem as everyone else. Popped off the crank housing cover and shot all contact points with WD-40. No problems since.

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    No good

                                    By sotoland1

                                    from Fresno, California

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Difficult to use

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                        Always used Scotts spreaders but the last five I bought turned out incredibly useless. Put some material in it and it will just not turn without breaking the handle.

                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        2.0

                                        needs to be improved

                                        By LeonardCau

                                        from Dunnellon, FL, USA

                                        Pros

                                        • Good directions

                                        Cons

                                        • Didn't work as expected

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                          I recntly purchased the Handy Green II at Lowe's. Lam thinking about taking it back, because as I use it the crank gets well hard too turn.

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          1.0

                                          The spreader handle froze up and would not turn.

                                          By Jake1954

                                          from ca

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to use

                                          Cons

                                          • Cheaply Made
                                          • Lack of quality control

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                            My spreader was 2 years old, and I use it yearly to apply products to less than 750 sq ft. of lawn. It first started acting up last fall when the agitator fell off. Today, it froze up and the handle broke off. I went to the store today to buy a replacement and found several on the shelf that would not turn freely without any product in them. Something is wrong with the design or quality control with the spreader. My old red Ortho hand held spreader that this one replaced, lasted me 30 years before it broke.

                                             
                                            1.0

                                            bad product

                                            By ricardomen

                                            from Santa Maria, CA, USA

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                              • Didn't work as expected

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                the old model handy green II worked fine the new model just dose not it gets stuck all the time the gears are just to loose.i been a professional gardener for over 20 years and the new model just dose not work right.my opinion the older model works a lot better.

                                                 
                                                1.0

                                                Piece junk twice over

                                                By Triumphman

                                                from Virginia

                                                Pros

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Didn't work as expected
                                                  • Difficult to use
                                                  • Doesn't Work

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                    The first Scotts® HandyGreen® II Hand-Held Spreader stripped its gears. Threw it away. Thought it was just bad luck and bought another one. The second one is junk as well. Jams, is hard to turn crank and just freezes up. This was on the first 10 minutes of use. Advice: don't buy it.

                                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                     
                                                    1.0

                                                    JUNK!!!

                                                    By jrutledge

                                                    from Undisclosed

                                                    Pros

                                                      Cons

                                                      • Didn't work as expected

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                        Bought this last year. My townhouse lawn is only 270 S.F. During the third use, the handle broke off. Constantly jammed. I rate this a COMPLETE PIECE OF JUNK!!!!

                                                         
                                                        1.0

                                                        Extremely poor quality

                                                        By bradReh

                                                        from California, USA

                                                        Pros

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Didn't work as expected
                                                          • Difficult to use

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                            This new version locked up right out-of-the-box and I used an older version of this product for years without a problem. I am amazed that Scotts has been selling this version for several years now and received so many complaints on it yet do nothing to rectify the problem. I see in most of the responses from Scotts that they say they will alert their Quality Control Department of the situation. It's been years now and it looks like that department is ignoring them. I am familiar with importing products from overseas and have received products that were not built as specified and the quality was very poor. I took my loss's and did not try to push it onto the public as Scotts is doing. Please bring back the old version of this tool!

                                                             
                                                            1.0

                                                            I'm sorry I purchased this product

                                                            By joecon

                                                            from Baton Rouge, LA, USA

                                                            Pros

                                                              Cons

                                                              • Didn't work as expected
                                                              • Difficult to use
                                                              • Poor quality

                                                              Best Uses

                                                                Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                During use of the equipment for the second time, the handle froze so as to make it virtually unusable. As I was using the spreader, I was concerned that I might twist the handle and snap it off. When I was in the store to buy this hand held spreader, I had to try several in order to get one to crank effortlessly. When I found this one,, it has left me totally unsatisfied. Apparently all of the plastic gears inside do not mesh properly. I'm disappointed the company would put its name on this product.

                                                                 
                                                                1.0

                                                                Crank freezes up

                                                                By BillGJ

                                                                from Naperville, IL, USA

                                                                Pros

                                                                • None

                                                                Cons

                                                                • bad crank system
                                                                • Difficult to use

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                  Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                  Do not buy, returning to store. Used friends original Handy Green and it worked great. The new design is not smooth and it gets so hard to crank after one hopper fill you have to stop. Please go back to old design with using the same materials.

                                                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                   
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  No Problems Here

                                                                  By nnardone

                                                                  from Massachusetts, USA

                                                                  Pros

                                                                  • Easy to use
                                                                  • Effective
                                                                  • Good directions
                                                                  • Quality
                                                                  • value

                                                                  Cons

                                                                    Best Uses

                                                                      Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                      I purchased this spreader to use on my 500sq.ft. lawn approx 8yrs ago. It has served me very well and is still going strong. I have never had any of the problems I have read here. Or any problems not mentioned here. I think the product is Excellent with minor care given to it. And if mine should ever fail to perform I would definately run out and buy another.

                                                                       
                                                                      1.0

                                                                      Don't waste your money

                                                                      By Pschogel

                                                                      from Cranberry Township, PA, USA

                                                                      Pros

                                                                        Cons

                                                                        • Didn't work
                                                                        • Didn't work as expected
                                                                        • Difficult to use

                                                                        Best Uses

                                                                          Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                          I purchased this spreader today and tried to use it. The crank got stuck immediately. The crank would not wind easily. Even empty, the crank would not spin. Don't waste your money on this.

                                                                           
                                                                          1.0

                                                                          junk

                                                                          By oremguy

                                                                          from utah

                                                                          Pros

                                                                            Cons

                                                                            • Binds up
                                                                            • Didn't work as expected
                                                                            • Difficult to use

                                                                            Best Uses

                                                                              Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                              the first time I used this spreader it bound up and made it nearly impossible to turn the handle, I am returning it back to the store asap.

                                                                               
                                                                              1.0

                                                                              Not to good.

                                                                              By Neel

                                                                              from Hickory, NC

                                                                              About Me Avid Gardener

                                                                              Pros

                                                                                Cons

                                                                                • Gets Stuck

                                                                                Best Uses

                                                                                  Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                                  Used one time and kept hanging up. It went into the trash. I should have know better than buy an all plastic spreader.

                                                                                   
                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  Crank/gear mechanism clogged constantly

                                                                                  By johnac

                                                                                  from CT

                                                                                  Pros

                                                                                    Cons

                                                                                    • Didn't work as expected
                                                                                    • Difficult to use

                                                                                    Best Uses

                                                                                      Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                                      Bypassed a cheaper, generic hand spreader for he Scott model. Used it one time to spread regular lawn seed. The crank/gear mechanism constantly clogged to the point it was difficult to turn. I do not recommend this product.

                                                                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                                       
                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                      Very poor quality in material!

                                                                                      By Keith923

                                                                                      from Denham Springs, LA.

                                                                                      Pros

                                                                                      • Good directions
                                                                                      • value

                                                                                      Cons

                                                                                      • Didn't work as expected
                                                                                      • gears and handle stripped>

                                                                                      Best Uses

                                                                                        Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                                        Bought one and it broke after the first use, thought that I may have not used it properly. I bought a 2nd and it also failed. I have been trying to find a good handheld spreader to use, but no luck yet!

                                                                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                                         
                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                        Would not recommend this product

                                                                                        By Lu10it

                                                                                        from Manassas, VA

                                                                                        About Me Professional Landscaper

                                                                                        Pros

                                                                                        • Adjustable Settings
                                                                                        • Easy to Use

                                                                                        Cons

                                                                                        • Gets Stuck

                                                                                        Best Uses

                                                                                          Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                                          I have been looking for this type of spreader and thought I found the hand spreader that doesn't jam with fertilizer, pre-emergent particles. I had ordered it and when I picked it up at the store, it was not the same as the picture. Do not waste your time or money on this hand spreader for fertilizer or any granular product, because it will gum up the gears and the handle will break off if forced. It will work great to broadcast seed.

                                                                                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                                           
                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                          Broke after 5 minutes

                                                                                          By John12

                                                                                          from Nashville, TN, USA

                                                                                          Pros

                                                                                            Cons

                                                                                            • Didn't work as expected
                                                                                            • Difficult to use
                                                                                            • fell apart in my hand

                                                                                            Best Uses

                                                                                              Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                                              This spreader was a piece of garbage, I filled it with Scotts moisture retaining seeds to about 50% from the top (not over loaded), set the gate on #3, and within 3 minutes it was nearly impossible to turn and within 5 minutes the gears had stripped and it was useless. What ever happened to the idea you buy one piece of equipment and keep it for years? I certainly won't be buying anything similar to it in the future

                                                                                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                                               
                                                                                              1.0

                                                                                              poor quality, great design

                                                                                              By Corn2112

                                                                                              from Bellingham, WA, USA

                                                                                              Pros

                                                                                              • Easy to use

                                                                                              Cons

                                                                                              • Didn't work as expected
                                                                                              • jams up after just a few uses
                                                                                              • Poor quality

                                                                                              Best Uses

                                                                                                Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                                                Scott's changed the quality on this product several years ago. The old handygreen 2 was a quality piece of equiptment that worked very well. The new cheaper version will only last for 2 or 3 uses.

                                                                                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                                                                 
                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                Material flow problems in hand spreader

                                                                                                By robertfar

                                                                                                from Evansville, IN

                                                                                                Pros

                                                                                                • Easy to use

                                                                                                Cons

                                                                                                • Didn't work as expected
                                                                                                • material flow problems

                                                                                                Best Uses

                                                                                                  Comments about Scotts® Handy Green® Hand Held Spreader (71133):

                                                                                                  I've use the hand spreader for 2-3 yrs. It is stamped 11164 TC2 so I don't know if it's the latest model. I rate this unit only as fair in seed/fertilizer distribution. Seed/ fertilizer flow through the bowl is good when the unit is full, but distribution becomes erratic and eventually stops when the bowl is nearly empty as material forms a cone with nothing flowing to the bowl center. If the fertilizer has picked up any moisture, then flow is really a problem. The bowl needs to be made deeper or have more angled sides so material flows to the distribution hole without having to shake the unit to keep material over the hole, or the spinner over the distribution hole needs to be made bigger and include an auger on the underside to move the material down.

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