2007 - Volume #31, Issue #2, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Composter Drum Rotates Automatically
He started with a 1/3 hp electric motor that he already had, and a 450 to 1 gear reduction box that he got from a friend. He built a metal frame to match the composter stand and mounted the motor and gear reduction box on it. The composter drum is made from heavy plastic, with three rods used to hold the ends together. He made a pair of light sheet metal plates and bolted them onto both ends of the drum to give the ends extra strength. He also welded a stub shaft onto each end of the drum, which now rides on pillow block bearings.
A hinged metal cover protects the motor and reduction box from the weather.
"A timer now takes care of turning the composter, which rotates at about 1 1/2 revolutions per minute, even when I'm not home," says Novacek. "I used scrap metal and other parts that I had laying around. My only expense was $15 for the pillow block bearings and some śrefreshments' in exchange for the gear reduction box.
"My wife loves the compost for her potted plants, and it works great in our garden."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, James Novacek, 1219 11th St., David City, Neb. 68632 (ph 402 367-4275; jcnovacek @Alltel.net).
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