5 cu ft Gator™ Drop Spreader

The Professional Choice for Precision Spreading

Whether you’re a snow removal contractor, part of a grounds crew at a college campus, or a downtown municipality, a John Deere Drop Spreader is the professional choice for precision spreading. The 5-cubic-foot Gator Drop Spreader combines large material capacity with a precise 43 in (109 cm) spread width that is ideal for salting sidewalks. Heavy-gauge stainless steel construction, simple drives, and an industry-exclusive removable rotor tray make this attachment your ultimate spreading solution. Even better, when paired with a Gator Hitch and control solution (listed below), operation of spreader functions are done easily, right at your fingertips.

When using the Gator Drop Spreader with a compatible John Deere hitch, controlling the spreader is easy with the 2.4-inch OLED display that conveniently mounts within arm's reach. Push buttons are used to turn the auger on/off, adjust the auger speed, turn the vibratory motor on/off, and navigate the menu. The drop spreader even features a maintenance mode that can pulse the auger in reverse to help clear jammed material. If necessary, the display can be quickly and easily removed by disconnecting the extension cable and pulling the display bracket out of the slide bracket (except for the XUV835/865 Gators). After the initial installation, removal and subsequent installation is fast and tidy because the chassis wiring harness remains on the Gator.



  • Stainless-steel hopper offers an impressive 5 cu ft (0.14 cu m) of material capacity
  • Segmented stainless-steel rotor enhances the accuracy of material distribution with the 43-in. (109-cm) spread width
  • Six-position gate for perfect selection of material flow without the use of tools
  • Industry-exclusive removable rotor tray provides easy, tool-free clean out
  • Easily control spreader functions like on/off, rotor speed, and activating the vibratory motor with a dash-mounted display
  • Vibratory motor quickly eliminates bridged material inside the hopper
  • Multipurpose capability to spread ice-melt in the winter and fertilizer or lime in the summer


LP53512 5 cu ft Gator Drop Spreader
LP69911 5 cu ft Gator Drop Spreader for XUV835/XUV865



Overall Length 23 in. (58 cm)
Overall Width 49 in. (124 cm)
Overall Height 31 in. (79 cm)


Hopper Volume 5 cu ft (0.14 cu m)
Hopper Capacity 350 lb (159 kg)
Total Spreader Weight (Hopper Empty) 178 lb. (81 kg)
Total Spreader Weight (Hopper Full) 528 lb. (240 kg)


Hopper Stainless steel
Rotor Stainless steel
Hitch Components Powder-coated steel
Motor 12V, ⅓ Hp


Spreading Width 43 in. (109 cm)
Rotor Speed 1.3 to 6 RPM

Requirements and Compatibility

Hitch and Display Compatibility - 5 cu ft Gator Drop Spreader (LP53512)

LP49057 Full-Size XUV Gator Hitch and Display
LP49241 HPX Gator Hitch and Display (Steel Bed) (Pre-2018)
LP53809 TH Gator Hitch and Display (TH Only)
LP68163 HPX Gator Hitch and Display (2018+)

Hitch and Display Compatibility - 5 cu ft Gator Drop Spreader (LP69911)

LP69908 XUV835/XUV865 Gator Hitch and Display

Required John Deere Parts

Gator Hitch and Display (see Compatibility tables) Quickly attach and remove a spreader using a tailor-made Gator hitch and an easy-to-use display. Please consult the Compatibility tables above to determine which product you need for your Gator.

What's Included

  • 5 cu ft (0.14 cu m) Gator Drop Spreader
  • Operator's Manual

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