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Old 02-03-2009, 02:05 PM
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Low cost but effective compost screeners

Hey guys. I wanted to start a thread on compost screeners.

The compost I get is already screened to 1/2". I want to screen it even more. Right now I don't have the time/money to invest into a super large unit. I am looking to make something that is effective, quick, and relatively cheap.

I am looking at two concepts. Here is one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kft8hr3zE5Q

The other hooks to a drill and moves the screen back and forth. I am thinking the above concept is better but what do you think? Any other concepts I might want to consider?

Comments/opinions/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

David

PS - I plan to post pics once I jump to the "fun" part of this project... building/testing it.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:54 PM
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Try THIS as an option. I made a small one on the same principal with a metal trash barrel. I'll post a picture or two of it later. (got the barrel off of the stand right now)
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:03 PM
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Try THIS as an option. I made a small one on the same principal with a metal trash barrel. I'll post a picture or two of it later. (got the barrel off of the stand right now)
Wow, that's awesome. Thanks! The how-to lead me to the following pic...



I LOVE the old rim idea... genius.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:12 PM
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Looks well built...Nice screener.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:20 PM
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Any suggestions on a good low RPM motor? It looks like this guy did some custom gear reduction. I would want to shy away from that.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:32 PM
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You will need the gear reduction for torque.

Instead try you luck out on a shaker table to keep it more simple?
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:41 PM
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You will need the gear reduction for torque.

Instead try you luck out on a shaker table to keep it more simple?
I might. I really like the rim/mesh idea. I wanted to do a roller for the effectiveness but never figured out how to make the screen. I don't think I worded my last question very well, gear reduction is required... can anyone suggest an appropriate motor with gear reduction? I want to stay away from a custom reduction job.

I have a couple few weeks before I jump into the project I just wanted to get it going. Roller or shaker table so far... any other ideas?

Thanks for the input thus far.
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That is great did you make it?
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:47 PM
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That is great did you make it?
If you are asking me, I didn't. Follow the link BM posted. It will take you to a how-to.. and they link to the pic from there.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:56 PM
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There's as many cheap ways to build a decent shaker table as there are hairs on your head?


How much compost do you plan on screening?

Are you going to be doing all the work?

Answering those things first should help some.
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