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Advice on Compost Spreader

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by replenish&subdue, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. mnturfmaster

    mnturfmaster LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65


    Thanks for the Info TF. That's kind of what i am wondering about. We will be using Bulk compost but it will be screened really good. Any sticks or twigs in there will be less than an inch in length, so i hope that will still work good. The only problem will be trying to keep the bulk load dry.
     
  2. TF PLUS

    TF PLUS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68

    MnTM,

    I have a thought, on Wednesday 21st, the Eco Guy is going to go over the Applicator with me and even spread material. I will have the bulk compost that I used before to test. If after adjustments to the machine and it still bridges with this material, I will show him the vibration kit I had installed on my Lesco broadcast spreader. The vibration eliminated the bridging with the worm casts- grain compound, it might work on the Eco.
     
  3. mnturfmaster

    mnturfmaster LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    Please keep me informed with what you find out. I am VERY curious. I really want to buy this machine this spring as the other machines i have checked into just don't seem to be what i am looking for. And like i said before, we will be using bulk compost that will be screened very good but there will still be some sticks and twigs in there.
     
  4. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 361

    TF Plus, I am interested in the vibration kit you used for your spreader. Where did you get it and how much? thanks Mike
     
  5. TF PLUS

    TF PLUS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68

    MnTM,

    I will keep you posted.

    The bulk compost I first tried was screened to half inch. No big pieces. They had a huge machine doing the screening. The machine looked brand new, big bucks$$$$$.

    Owner of site said he's been composting for 15 years. Has three different grades of yard-waste compost: Mostly compost (18-20$), Half sand-half composted material (12-15$), and Mostly sand (8$).

    Greetings Mike,

    The vibration kit was from Vortex Granular Systems, owners name is Mike. Very innovative guy and he has a website. It was 350$ installed. He's out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Several years ago I met Mike and had him come to Marco Island and demo a kit to attach to your spreader so you can spread fertilizer in bushes, tough to reach areas, etc... It worked, so I bought the kit and he installed it. I called on Mike when I first had a difficult time spreading worm cast-grain compound back in August. So now I can use my Lesco spreader to spread worm cast grain compound on bushes and lawns where application amount need to be accurate.
     
  6. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,911

    hey Tom, maybe come the 19th or 20th I will have some of the issues that you said fixed with the ecolawn.........
     
  7. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

  8. TF PLUS

    TF PLUS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68

    JDU,
    12 v re-chargeable Marine battery. Holds a charge very well, that is not an issue.

    Hi TG1 and please say Hi to Phill.
    It will be difficult to leave our Gulf Island then and Eco Guy will be here on 21st, but soon I will make the journey over to your Ocean Island and visit...
     
  9. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    Thanks TF Plus,

    Couple more questions. How big is the vibration kit? I assume it is mounted inside the hopper?
     
  10. TF PLUS

    TF PLUS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68

    JDU,

    Its a small vibrator but powerful unit that bolts to the outside-front lowest area of the spreader hopper (6"X2.5" in size) and the vibration plate (4"X4") goes on inside of the hopper. The battery sits on a shelf mounted to hand hold in front of spreader.

    It has not caused maintenance problems with the spreader, not even loose bolts.

    Give Vortex-Mike a call he has photos of setting mine up, he is very knowledgeable and easy to talk with.
     

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