Used Compost Tea Brewer?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by wallzwallz, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
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    There is a used tea brewer in my area, 100 gallon, name brand that I've heard of. Would anyone here consider buying used? The cost is about 1/3 of new one. Just wondering what the life expectancy is on these brewers? It says it's brewed 60 or so batches. Any thoughts good or bad are appreciated. thanks Mike
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The pump is the first thing to go. They are even rated to the number of brews they can do.
     
  3. tadhussey

    tadhussey LawnSite Senior Member
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    Who's the manufacturer of the brewer? That would help to know what kind of parts they used. Typically, it's the motor that breaks down and is a majority of the cost assoc. with a brewer. Assuming they've taken good care of it, it may be a good way to save money. I'd find out what the pump is they're using and then go back and check the rating on it to see what kind of a life it has and how much a replacement one would cost. Are they getting rid of it because they didn't get good results? Not all brewers are created equal, some are much better at extracting and replicating biology than others. You can find a list on soilfoodweb.com of ones that Dr. Ingham recommends as a starting point.
     
  4. tadhussey

    tadhussey LawnSite Senior Member
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    Totally forgot to ask what the cost was too. You may be able to get a new one for the cost of the old one. I know Tim Wilson makes good affordable brewers (ours are a bit more pricey).

    ~Tad
     
  5. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    sounds to good to be true, bad brewer, bad pump, lots of time in service,the air pumps we used first went bad real fast, now we use a regenerative blower.

    point is that ever one is pointing out is there are a lot of variables to a tea brewer/ compost . what matters is under the scope. give these guys some info and let them hash it out.
     
  6. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the replys, It is an Earth Tea Brewer. I've looked no farther into it than noticing it for sale. I have heard good things about this brewer and others also, but this is only one I've seen used. Mike
     
  7. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
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    I still have no more info to tell you guys, I am taking the NOFA organic landcare course and tomorrow is my last day. My brain is maxed out and don't have time to call up. When I have time later this week ,I'll explain my needs better, but thanks again for the replys.

    Tad it is $1200, sorry I missed that yesterday.
     
  8. tadhussey

    tadhussey LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just took a look at their system at composttea.com

    I'd try and get some test results from the company and then find out the life on the motor. It looks like it has a lot of parts (mainly pipes and hosese) that could break down over time. It could be a good deal though on a 100 gal. brewer. I'd still check and see what Tim Wilson can sell you one for.

    ~Tad

    PS: I know the motor we use costs almost that much retail.
     
  9. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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  10. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
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    Mike,

    Some (most?) of these models use a water pump for circulation. You may wish to research the efficiency of a water pump based system.

    Tim
     

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