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Old 01-14-2012, 03:03 PM
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I just picked up my Ecolawn and read about the slipplate.com graphite products to help prevent sticking. There are a bunch of products but the Ecolawn manual doesn't say which product it recommends. The first batch of compost I tried to use was a little moist and I was having major bridging issues.

I also wanted to see which agitator you guys usually use for 3/8" screened compost. I've only used the agitator the unit came with installed so far.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:29 PM
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I also want to see if you other Eco guys know what the size of your screened material is that seems to work the best. I notice on the promo stuff I see the material being broadcast looks like it's extremely fine. Like the material may be 1/8"stuff that is almost more like soil it's so fine.

If my current material is too difficult to spread I'm going to take it back. My soil/compost supplier is Phil Gosh with Organics By Gosh and he's a really good guy to deal with. Phil was going to add 15% sand to my next batch to exceed the 10% minimum recommended in the Eco directions.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:07 AM
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to help prevent sticking just make sure to clean the unit every night so that compost does not dry up in the hopper.
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:12 PM
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I sprayed mine down with Armor-All on the inside when it was clean and that helped. My compost is screeded to 3/4 inches and is easy to spread when it is not to wet. I think moisture content is the biggest problem.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:42 PM
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I got very lucky today. I was out using my Ecolawn when the conveyor belt stopping working. I had run about 25 yards through my machine so far. The key fell out of the keyway on the upper drive pulley.

I looked for the key and didn't see it any where. I had one employee keep looking while I called the dealer to find the key specs. The chance of finding a key in the lawn was going to be zero I thought. My employee came around the corner a few minutes later with the key in his hand. After being down for less then ten minutes we were up and running again.

It's a damn good thing we found that key because it is going to rain tomorrow and we would have had ten yards of wet unusable compost in out trailer.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:48 PM
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I sprayed mine down with Armor-All on the inside when it was clean and that helped. My compost is screeded to 3/4 inches and is easy to spread when it is not to wet. I think moisture content is the biggest problem.
I used some Silicone spray and it helped. It's thinner then Armore-All and has less residue that stuff clings to.
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I used some Silicone spray and it helped. It's thinner then Armore-All and has less residue that stuff clings to.
Here's a regimen we're found to be pretty effective...

1) Wash & dry hopper
2) Make sure hopper is THOROUGHLY dry
3) Coat hopper lightly using any non-flavored generic knock-off of "PAM" spray
4) Smear "PAM" into hopper using designated rubber / latex gloves
5) Wait about 10-15 minutes
6) Thoroughly buff until dry with cotton cloth
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The material I use is pretty fine 1/2 screen and it flows pretty well. You some times have to bounce it a little especially when really full but it still beats any other method for putting out compost.
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Never had a problem like this with Earth & Turf 100SP. http://www.earthandturf.com/100sp.htm
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:04 AM
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Ive used several different materials in mine. Peat Moss, soil blend with sand compost with varying sizes and moisture content. I also use it to spread corn gluten meal.
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