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RS

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When you say “the cheap kind”, do you mean Ag Lime, which is more of a powder? If so, you will likely need a spreader specifically set up for spreading that. Ag lime tends to clog up conventional fertilizer spreaders.
Now if you’re talking about pelletized lime, you can spread that with any fertilizer type spreader.
 

JCDEERMAN

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What RS said. To expand off that, Ag lime is usually bought in several tons, so I assume you are buying the bagged peletized lime. Regardless of what you use, make sure and rinse/clean whatever you spread it with.
 

Tennrock

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When you say “the cheap kind”, do you mean Ag Lime, which is more of a powder? If so, you will likely need a spreader specifically set up for spreading that. Ag lime tends to clog up conventional fertilizer spreaders.
Now if you’re talking about pelletized lime, you can spread that with any fertilizer type spreader.
What about a 3 point spreader with a agitator?
 

DoubleRidge

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Benefits of the Ag lime vs Pelletized is that the Ag lime last longer and it cost much less per ton..... disadvantage is the issue of spreading..... I've never tried to spread Ag lime in walk behind spreader? Or even with 3pt spreader? But if you have a load of Ag lime dumped on the property I'd tarp it and make every effort to keep it dry.....if pile gets rained on I'd imagine it would become difficult to spread..... depending on the size of the plot the Pelletized lime may be worth the increase in cost?
 
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cbhunter

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With Ag lime, no. Don’t ask me how I know. 😁
Agree! I had to ride on the spreader (very dangerous) with a shovel to keep it moving and it was VERY difficult. But since we already had it, we did what we had to do to get it spread. This was about a 3 acre plot and it was not fun at all. I was young and dumb obviously
 

Popcorn

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Some folks do not realize that ag lime is powdered limestone. It is very dense! It settles and compacts readily. It will destroy most drop type spreaders.
Most suppliers will rent you a cart designed to spread it. I use them, pull it with my pickup as they are ground driven. Otherwise spend the money on the pelletized and use a cyclone spreader. Its hard to put down a lot at a time so consider it an annual responsibility till your PH is balanced.
 

JCDEERMAN

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Otherwise spend the money on the pelletized and use a cyclone spreader. Its hard to put down a lot at a time so consider it an annual responsibility till your PH is balanced.
You’re spending a little more but you’re using less with pelletized. I did the math a couple years ago and your spending a hair more but using about 1/3 of the amount of pelletized that you would be using of ag lime. Unless things have changed - could have just been for the amount our soil tests required
 
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