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Post  plantoid on 1/16/2012, 3:51 pm

A slightly different angle in the quest of trying to make a decent compost rather quickly. I now need quite a lot of five way compost quickly .

After just over a year of asking for a disability review & now a couple of months after having an intense medical I've been awarded an increase .
The back pay for this is just under £ 1000 sterling , I want to use this buy some sort of single phase high speed mulcher for zapping wet / dry straw or hay .

From what I can gather people here in the UK who have tried this route to reduce such materials down to make a quick carbon source for the composter have all said don't use a standard twig / branch electric garden shredder as they don't work very well .

Have any of you any off the shelf workable suggestions I might get ?
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Post  camprn on 1/16/2012, 4:44 pm

Sorry, no fabulous suggestion here, I use my lawnmower or a small standard shredder chipper, which I found worked wonderfully with dry matter. I piled everything up in autumn and shredded it in the spring. I had usable compost in about 28 days.

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Post  EatYourVeggies on 1/16/2012, 5:23 pm

@camprn wrote: I use my lawnmower or a small standard shredder chipper.

I'm in total agreement with camprn. I have used a lawnmower in the past, but now resort to a chipper/shredder. I use a 5hp gas operated one, but only because its what I had originally purchased. I would prefer an electric one and am currently considering an electric cement mixer, but only to use for mixing compost and making Mel's mix in larger quantities.
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Post  plantoid on 1/16/2012, 6:02 pm

@EatYourVeggies wrote:
@camprn wrote: I use my lawnmower or a small standard shredder chipper.

I'm in total agreement with camprn. I have used a lawnmower in the past, but now resort to a chipper/shredder. I use a 5hp gas operated one, but only because its what I had originally purchased. I would prefer an electric one and am currently considering an electric cement mixer, but only to use for mixing compost and making Mel's mix in larger quantities.

That sound like heavy expensive work feeding a mixer .
Have you seen Mel's idea of using a tarp and piling on it several buckets of each of the ingredients then pulling the tarp back and forth to mix things before shovelling them into a wheel barrow ?
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Post  boffer on 1/16/2012, 6:41 pm

@plantoid wrote:...That sound like heavy expensive work feeding a mixer ...
If you can find a used cement mixer, jump on it! It makes mixing MM a breeze.

And if you want to dedicate it to SFG, you can cut pieces of the barrel out, cover the holes with hardware cloth and have a great compost sifter. Just cover the cloth up when it's time to mix.



Fill one bucket each of verm, peat, and mm, dump in mixer, dump out into barrow.

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Post  camprn on 1/16/2012, 6:47 pm

Boffer you have the niftiest gadgets! cheers

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Post  boffer on 1/16/2012, 6:57 pm

Very Happy

I wish I had thought about using the cement mixer as a sifter, sooner. I had to make an electric compost sifter from scratch. cheers
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Post  staf74 on 1/16/2012, 7:06 pm

Boffer, that is simply

Seriously, its a thing of beauty.
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Post  dsfin on 1/16/2012, 7:08 pm

Boffer, how about this for an MM Mixer?

http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/grd/2800839272.html

It's perfect!!! Has 3 hoppers and automatically mixes the ingredients to the ratio you specify!! AND it on SALE!!!

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Post  dsfin on 1/16/2012, 7:09 pm

I say .... let's hook these two contraption up together!!!

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Post  RoOsTeR on 1/16/2012, 7:10 pm

b-dog got it goin on

I'm in the camp club with the lawn mower Razz

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Post  boffer on 1/16/2012, 7:17 pm

Dave, I think it's perfect, and that Kim should have it shipped east for her operation.

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Post  staf74 on 1/16/2012, 7:18 pm

Dave,

That's The bloody size of that thing !!!

Rooster, I'm with you and Camp. Only today I shredded two huge bags of leaves and added to my compost pile as I turned it today. It filled about 10 bags attached to my back of my mower and added it in layers. What a job that was !!!!
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Post  plantoid on 1/16/2012, 7:31 pm

Boffer ,
Now you tell me how good a mixer is for mixing the bed filler after I sold my lightweight electric mixer that was almost as good and clean as new despite it being four years old .
I sold it three weeks after I joined the site , I was thinking well I'll never need it again , it's saved me thousands of £££££ & I can non longer use it .
I sold if for five pounds more than I purchased it for.
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Post  camprn on 1/16/2012, 7:45 pm

In the autumn of 2010 my lawn mower died. It was a year old (grrrr). So I raked 1/2 acre of leaves by hand and put temporary sheep fence bins around the place and filled them up. The leaves quietly sat there all winter and in the spring of 2011 I borrowed a chipper shredder from a friend. I had the machine for about a week to shred and fill up the 2 bays of the compost pile area. Everything went through this shredder, leaves, dried lawn clippings, sod, small branches, coffee grounds, a bit of old compost, some manure. It worked great. I would have to stop the machine after about 30-40 minutes to clean out the stuff clinging to the interior, but it made really quick, hot compost pile.


Fresh shredded in the hoop, fresh grass clippings being added in middle and the bin on the right has been hot and composting a week or so...

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Post  Chopper on 1/16/2012, 10:26 pm

camprn, I think I have pile envy.

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Post  boffer on 1/16/2012, 10:28 pm

yeppers
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Post  miinva on 1/16/2012, 10:33 pm

Me too! cyclops

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Post  EatYourVeggies on 1/16/2012, 11:06 pm

Looks like we had the same idea on the cement mixer being the way to go for Mel's mix and, you even had the pictures, for the visual. Also, nice compost sifter. Maybe it's a Washingtonian thing. Smile
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