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 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

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    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (40)

30%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • Effective (13)
  • Quality (11)
  • Value (11)
  • Good directions (7)

Cons

  • Didn't work as expected (28)
  • Difficult to use (19)
  • Gets stuck (14)
  • Poor quality (3)

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

Plastic doesn't cut it.

By JRbarefooter

from Alabama

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult to use

    Best Uses

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

      This could be a great product if every moving part were metal instead of plastic. It was difficult to turn the handle, which should also be at least twice as long. I felt the handle was constantly in danger of breaking. I ended up taking it back the next day.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      handy green II

      By Anonymous

      from Utah

      Pros

      • There is none

      Cons

      • Didn't work as expected
      • Difficult to use

      Best Uses

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

        This product is not worth the plastic to make it. I got this the summer of 2014; used it 3 times; went to use it today and it wouldn't work. The handle and gear mechanism seems to be jammed. I would not refer this to anyone.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Spreader handle is very hard to turn.

        By MarkFod

        from Oregon, USA

        Pros

          Cons

          • Didn't work as expected
          • Difficult to use
          • faulty gear mechanism.

          Best Uses

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

            I had an older model spreader that worked great. During a move it broke, so I bought a new model. The new model did not spread as easily as the new one, and now, after a very short time, the handle will barely turn. Seems as though the gears are binding. Not a spreader that I could recommend.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Handle and gear mechanism broke immediately

            By TimZun

            from Tucson, AZ, USA

            Pros

            • Nice looking product

            Cons

            • Didn't work as expected
            • gears and rotating handle are flimsy

            Best Uses

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

              I have an old Scotts hand held spreader that I have had for many years that worked great but finally wore out. I bought a new spreader - looks the same - but within the first 10 seconds of using it the gears jammed up and it became very difficult to turn. I took it back to exchange it for a new one and the person at the store asked me if I really wanted to do that becasue they have had many returned with the same issue so I exchanged it for a different brand. Obviously, something quality wise has changed and the product no longer performs like previous versions.

               
              4.0

              Good product that could be a Great product...

              By Anonymous

              from Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

              Pros

              • "initially" effective and efficient
              • easy to use

              Cons

              • Didn't work as expected
              • only works correctly for 1 to 2 seasons!
              • plastic rotor and gears breakdown after 1st season

              Best Uses

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

                I am very busy and when I work in the yard, I want my time spent to be enjoyable as well as efficient. This spreader is well designed and works very well for it's small size and low cost. So I would love to say that it is a "great" economical purchase, but unfortunately the spreader only works well for the first season! After that the rotor #impeller# and gears #all plastic# begin to deteriorate and fail. By the third season, the rotor is completely gone and the spreader will still broadcast but not evenly and smoothly, and the distribution of fertilizer is uneven and sporadic, which defeats the main advantage of this spreader and renders it useless after two seasons. The gears also breakdown and the spreader begins to bind up and get stuck during the second season and continues to get worse over time. The rotor should be larger and the blades should have an angle, maybe 30-45 degrees. However the main issue is the plastic that is used for the rotor and gears. The 7th and last direction on the label clearly states "Rinse spreader after use". This is important and I do so religiously after every use, but the chemicals in the fertilizer still breakdown the plastic rotor and gears! Incidentally, I only use the spreader to fertilize and spread seed, so I am not using the spreader with any real harsh chemicals. The fact that Scotts instructs users to rinse after use, suggests that they are aware of the chemical breakdown of the plastic. I have read other "poor" reviews on this spreader and this problem has been well documented. I am on my 3rd HandyGreen II spreader and I will not be purchasing another one. I should have learned after the second one, but I honestly had some faith left that Scott's would have corrected this issue after 6 years and my third spreader! This is a major deficiency and an easily correctable issue in a product that is "great" in every other aspect. If a replacement rotor were available to be sent out upon request or even an extra one attached to the spreader when purchased, I would rate the spreader as "great"! Scott, please continue to listen to your loyal users and correct this problem! Thanks for continuing to make otherwise quality products, made in the USA! Loyal #but disappointed# customer, Mark B. Gingras South Orange County, CA

                 
                1.0

                Absolute Junk

                By LeeKau

                from Boston, MA, USA

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor quality

                  Best Uses

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

                    First time using the product, handle completely broke off. This is the second time this has happened. This is not a quality product. Buyer be ware.

                     
                    1.0

                    Gears are poor quality

                    By Anonymous

                    from San Antonio, TX, USA

                    Pros

                    • easy to use

                    Cons

                    • Didn't work as expected
                    • poor quality gears

                    Best Uses

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

                      I used this spreader once without problems. The second time the gears on the rotating handle locked up and grind due to the fact they are made of plastic. The trigger will not close properly when released. Better gears and quality plastic (if there is such a thing) would keep this from happening.

                       
                      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.

                         
                        3.0

                        This Product has great potential!

                        By Gillman312

                        from Mars, PA 16046

                        Pros

                        • Easy to clean
                        • Easy to store
                        • easy to use
                        • quality

                        Cons

                        • impeller poorly designed
                        • inconsistent delivery of material

                        Best Uses

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

                          I am a busy professional and enjoy the use of products that save me time and money. You might be fooled by the diminutive size of this spreader, however its ability to apply fertilizer, pellitized lime, and grass seed with surgical precision over broad expanses is phenomenal. We all have problem areas in our lawns where soil nutrient value , competition for sunlight and water from trees, poor mowing techniques etc., make that goal of the perfect lawn challenging; this little wonder will allow you to cover 500 sq ft like a USAF drone. The only drawback in this design is the impeller, it should be twice as large, and the plane of the blades should be torqued 45 degrees at minimum, furthermore, a replacement impeller of the new design should be offered for existing owners. In its current state the impeller results in frequent miscues and "dry spins". This is a glaring deficiency in an otherwise well thoughout, easy to clean, size efficient, and durable product (15 years). Go USA Scotts-----improve it! Gillman-Mars, Pa

                           
                          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.

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