Farmer-built compost turner with hydraulic drive

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2008: $9,472.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2011
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:
Nigel Tudor
Weatherbury Farm

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  • Animals: bovine, sheep


  • Animal Production: general animal production
  • Soil Management: composting

    Proposal summary:

    There is a gap between the volume of compost that can be effectively turned with a tractor loader and the volume needed to justify the cost of a commercial windrow turner. Also, affordable windrow turners need a hydrostatic or creeper transmission to maintain the 10-to-20-feet-per-minute ground speed required. The farmer will develop a cost-effective turner that will use the tractor’s remote hydraulics to power hydraulic motors on the turner and achieve the desired ground speed. The prototype will be featured at a field day and on the farm web site, and plans will be put in a PDF format for wide dissemination.

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