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Old 04-08-2012, 11:23 PM
Turf Tech Turf Tech is offline
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Originally Posted by replenish&subdue View Post
Can you email me and go from there on the bin.
My email is send me what you want. I can shoot a short video for you. Just let me know what you want to see.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:52 PM
adam.neusbaum adam.neusbaum is offline
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$100 to fill the Eco-lawn machine with compost,

I was going to check myself into a mental hospital after continually pondering on a relatively inexpensive solution to filling the topdressing machines from our dumptrucks. The worst part was that Spring was here & the season was about to go crazy & I wasn't remotely ready. I hadn't taken advantage of the slow time to make the summer any easier. What am I gonna do now?
I had thoroughly considered all the options but each of them just didn't seem plausible & here's just a few that I thought might have some potential:

1. Conveyor bottom insert.
2. Screw conveyor trough for a diagonal slope unload.
3.Cross conveyor.
4. Modified treadmills.
5. Modified Load-Handler unit from a pick-up truck.
6. Hydraulic moving walls.
7. Paddle wheel to discharge compost out like whats on a steam ship or paddle boat.
8. Modified manure spreader bottom.
9. Giant Leaf Vac to suck compost out and blow into machines.
10. Conveyor that rests on top of the pile to push out material.
11. Husqvarna Power Broom to push out compost.
12. Filling five-gallon buckets with loader within truck to just grab and dump to fill machine.
13. Spinning Cow brush to move material out.
14. Post-hole auger to drag compost out.
15. Plate steel panels to create a funnel effect at the back of dumptruck.
16. Modified Schuler feeder wagon.
17. Small tractor with loader. Dump compost from truck and scoop out of road to fill spreaders. (very messy & not real fast but little labor involved, again real messy).
I think you get the point.
Friends & family could only suggest I quit working to get out of work.

I got to a point that I had to focus on something simple.
An automated idea would pop up & I'd repeat these words:
Simple, no. Simple, simple, simple.
Nothing mechanical, automated or complicated.
That's when it came to me & hopefully this season will go much smoother now that a recent brainstorm is working as hoped.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:19 AM
jackmen jackmen is offline
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One thing I would add to your ingenious dump truck design would be a couple of angled 2X10's placed on the plywood to channel the material into a 3 foot wide shoot or what ever the width of your top dresser machine would be. Would look to allow for less spillage when Loading.

Just a thought from an engineer on a Saturday morning.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:20 PM
adam.neusbaum adam.neusbaum is offline
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Is a great thought! I was thinking that i'd add them once I get the vibrator installed so it might act like a shaker table. Not sure if ill want a hinged keyboard drawer door to act as a stop/block for the side that's not in use. Friends & family say stop there cause it works fine while hired help seem to encourage any mods that make the work more efficient. Thanks for writing!
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