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    Default New Idea fertilizer spreader

    I acquired an older New Idea fertilizer spreader, and have a question for anyone who might be familiar with it, or one like it. It looks just like this one. I forget the model number, but I'm guessing it's the 116. My question is the gear box and how to fill/change the fluid. There really isn't any obvious drain or fill plug. The closest thing I can find is over an inch from the bottom, and obviously that leaves a lot of fluid and all the "bad" stuff. I can tip and get most of it out, but how do I fill it? Do I just fill it to the level of that hole? The spreader is so large it's a bit difficult to maneuver around, but that's the only was I can figure out it's supposed to be done.
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    Default Re: New Idea fertilizer spreader

    My hunt club acquired a spreader that just has a single spreader plate (not a "dual" set up like yours) and the gear box had no drain or fill plug either. Not knowing if it had any oil in it, we wound up drilling a hole into the gear box near the top, tapped it, and put in a grease fitting. As it turned out, it was full of oil so we now at least have a way to put oil into it if needed. You may have to do the same thing. Just don't understand why they would not put in a drain and fill plug??? Maybe they consider it not worth fixing if it does go bad and just want you to buy a new one???
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    Default Re: New Idea fertilizer spreader

    Quote Originally Posted by kebo View Post
    Just don't understand why they would not put in a drain and fill plug??? Maybe they consider it not worth fixing if it does go bad and just want you to buy a new one???
    I couldn't understand it either. I thought maybe I was missing something obvious, but I don't think so. I don't suppose it needs changed often, but this one has been sitting out for a while and has one bad top seal, so some water got into the gear box. For the $45 I paid for the thing, I can afford to drill and tap a hole or two if that's what it takes. Thanks.

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