I still like the drop spreader, they seem to do a more even job of spreading the material.
i have a big one and it does a great job, just a little hard to take down the road to the other garden spots.
as it is 12ft wide.
however, you must do a very good job of cleaning the spreader out and oiling it down when you complete the job.
these old spreaders do not like fertilizer being left in them.