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Low cost but effective compost screeners

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by JDUtah, Feb 3, 2009.


    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    She is special
  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    So I said I would post pics. Here they are. Long story short, jumping through city hoops and a friend in the hospital made the budget go from 600 to 50 and cut the time I had to work on this in 1/4th. I decided to not go with the trummel(?) yet. Oh, and I went with 1/4" mesh for now, but might change my mind on that.

    Anyways I threw this together yesterday. Today I tested a couple different ways to work the compost through the screen. I think I am going to rig some wires to pull the mesh up and down with a foot peddle. It looks like it is going to be pretty slick even for a one man operation.

    So I still need to add the wire. I am also going to add a couple guides to keep the compost from falling between the totes. Any suggestions are welcome. :)




  3. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    use the sawsall to pull it up and down:laugh::laugh:
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Not real sure where you are going with this JD. Seems to me it would be incredibly labor intensive to screen enough compost for landscape applications.
  5. pt03

    pt03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    If you could find one of those roller doohickeys that they use for loading beer cases onto trucks to put under the totes it would make it real easy to slide them out. I've seen them at the scrap yard on occasion. Other than that, give 'er a try and see what you get.

    Here is what we are building now.


  6. pt03

    pt03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

  7. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    as always Lloyd your one of the ones to look up to, you even have my deepest respect!!!!! nice work man
  8. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    Nice Screener Lloyd...Does the screen vibrate???
  9. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    I have this Idea In my head to make a screener that moves rapidly back and forth ,Not up and down
  10. pt03

    pt03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Yup she shakes pretty decent. We had to fiddle with the engine speed to get the optimal shake. Seemed just above idle worked the best, anything faster smoothed itself out. The compost was still pretty damp but it screend it out pretty well.

    We screened all of the stuff from 2007 in about 3 hours and that included a 1 hour shutdown for a busted hyrdraulic hose on the tractor. Used about 2 liters of gas in the screener engine.

    We used tarps to cover the screened compost and let the overs just fall on top of the tarp. When the pile under the screener was full we just pulled the screener back three feet, unrolled the tarp some more and kept going.

    All in all a decent project costing about $400 bucks not including the tarps. We are going to paint the stand this fall now that we know it works. I'm thinking International red?

    Screener and windrow


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