This is an excellent spreader, and I expect to use it for many, many years to come. The pneumatic tires are great. The controls are easy to use and work well. The hopper has a good capacity. The spreader comes completely assembled, and appears to be quality construction.
I picked this spreader after reading a lot of reviews. Two potential problems were highlighted in those reviews: the control cable for the flow control rusting, and the flow control setting being accidentally changed when opening and closing the gate at the bottom while stopping or turning.
I was pleased to see that the control cable is now sheathed in rubber insulation, so I can't imagine it rusting. Kudos to Earthway for solving a problem that only a few reviewers had reported.
As to the very minor issue, when you set the flow setting (easy to determine using the chart provided online by Earthway), you might want to tighten the set screw more than you think is necessary. I looked down into the hopper halfway through my front yard and noticed I was dispensing a lot more product than I intended. Sure enough, I had accidentally bumped the flow control wide open when I stopped the flow while crossing my driveway. Once I was aware of the problem, I tightened the set screw adequately and had no more problems.
One final consideration: This is a broadcast spreader. I need to add iron to my lawn on a regular basis, and the iron stains concrete if not swept up shortly after application. It would be nice to be able to block one or both sides (limiting the area of application) when applying product next to certain areas (such as applying iron next to a driveway or sidewalk, or applying certain types of weed control next to a flowerbed). I believe Earthway makes an optional guard that does exactly that, but I'm not sure. Next spring I'll probably try to fashion such a device out of cardboard to limit the amount of sweeping and blowing of concrete needed after I add iron to the lawn.
This is a great spreader, I'm very happy with it, and I'm glad I bought it.