02-28-2009, 06:33 PM
I made a simple compost screening device last summer, I get old leaves from recycling center near by with the truck then I bring them home. I shovel them in and it does a great job of sending bigger chunks down stream but drops smaller stuff through the first screens into a pool or container making it easy to shovel them into garden or into more containers for flower boxes and stuff like that.

This was made from an old door frame/12 volt DC electric fishing motor/some aluminum metal screen and parts from here and there. It is a vibrating type of sifter. I will make a better one soon using small 3.5 or 5 HP gas engine without the head on it using motion of piston as a vibration to cause device to some how shake or buzz screens much like this one does.

I like the way it works, surprising how fast it can filter stuff that goes into it.
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[attachment=1:1fhoiicp]sifter bottom view.jpg[/attachment:1fhoiicp]
See pic below has motor on top and fly wheel, this design was inspired
by "cat in the hat" I think..lol
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Below is video of running device on youtube

02-28-2009, 09:43 PM
What a cool tool! JeffW that device would be real handy on a worm farm too, to separate the worms from the castings. Great idea!!.

02-28-2009, 10:13 PM
I need more details. Looks pretty awesome! I love the pokata-pokata part... very Walter Mitty.

03-01-2009, 07:26 AM
I really like it. My wife will love it, with me doing all the work!

03-01-2009, 02:16 PM
Thank you peeps :lol: yes I like that pokata sound myself it sure does attract attention when I pull it out front. I have a sidewalk out front that leads to new subdivison down the road and the peeps use it for recreation..I can tell ya they either smile and stare or walk faster...:lol:

This concept needs to be rebuilt but vibration works great and yes I want to make one for worm castings since that is on my next "projects" list (wife just let's me go now days). I thick a PVC version would be good? Light weight but strong and maybe 2" pipe for framing. I love PVC there is no limit to what you can do with it.

Believe it or not the idea came from all those years of seeing steam shows with banging engines and hit-miss motors going plop bang wishhhh pop!

03-01-2009, 07:01 PM

Take a look at this...maybe you'll get some more ideas. Keep that grey matter heated up for the good of all :mrgreen:

03-01-2009, 11:43 PM

Take a look at this...maybe you'll get some more ideas. Keep that grey matter heated up for the good of all :mrgreen:
I guess my Linux box isn't getting whatever you put up .... I'll have to get on the wife's Winders to see it :?

03-02-2009, 11:13 AM
I use Linux as well as windows and can't see anything either JCO...be back later to check it out though :)

03-02-2009, 01:06 PM
:o I was referring to this link and let my fingers do the walking and hit submit before I was ready :oops:


03-02-2009, 02:33 PM
Got it...thanks I have not seen that one :)