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My new compost rig

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Turf Tech, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. Turf Tech

    Turf Tech LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    My email is firegrass@hotmail.com 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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  2. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    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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  3. jackmen

    jackmen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    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.
  4. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    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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  5. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,011

    I you simply welded on a 4' fold down ramp you could copy my setup and have room for two wheel barrows. Right now the helper is just standing around waiting for you to get back to the truck. Then your stuck having to wait for the helper. A lot of wasted time.

    If your going to use a helper nothing beats my two wheel barrow method. I'm loaded in ten seconds and back on the lawn.
  6. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,011

    I'm pretty sure I saw Turf Techs setup in Austin yesterday. I think he may have sold it to the "Dillo Dirt Company". I sent him a PM last night to see if this was the case.

    I used about 300 yards of top dressing this spring and am done for the season. I had 100% growth this spring after a slow start. I jumped to near the top of the first page of Google organically and got steady phone calls.

    The top dressing section on my new website has a lot of content and easily steam rolled a lot of people who competition who were listed higher then me for several years.
  7. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,011

    Turf Tech's old unit is still in use. I saw Dominic who owns dillodirt.com using it last Thursday. He uses it with two helpers from what he told me in the past. I'm getting loaded with 14-15 yards around 8 AM and am heading home by 2 PM usually with just one helper and $1800 heading to my bank account after expenses.

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