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Turners - Self-propelled

Turners - Pull-type

Turners - Front-mounted

Other Turning Options

Windrow Construction

Enclosed Bag System

Grinders and Screens

Miscellaneous

 

Turners - Self-propelled 

A large self-propelled turner in use at the Washington State University compost facility.

 

New Frontier compost turner.

 

 Straddle type turner working in a windrow.

Slide courtesy of Les Kuhlman
 

 The auger turning mechanism of a straddle type turner.

 

A self-propelled turner being prepared for road travel after finishing the turning.

 

 A turner ready for road transit, towed by a truck.

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This Buhler turner is used in Wright Co., MN in conjunction with a floor aeration system.

 

 A self-propelled Buhler turner.

 

A Scat inclined-conveyor turner.

 
 

 A self-propoelled Scat turner.

 

 Inclined-conveyor turner used at Cornell University, New York.

Slide courtesy of Tom Richard
 

 Scat turner working in an extended static pile.

 

 Tines on the working face of an inclined-conveyor turner.

 

Turners - Pull-type 

A pull-behind turner suitable for on-farm composting.

 

A tractor-powered single pass turner used in a California operation.

 
 

 A tractor-pulled single pass turner.

 

 A Wildcat pull-type windrow turner.

 

A pull-type turner working in a windrow.

 
 

 The flails and shaft of a Wildcat turner.

 

 A double pass, tractor-powered turner used in Massachusetts.

 

Turners - Front-mounted 

A front-mounted, loader-driven, double-pass turner; California.

Slide courtesy of Maarten van de Kamp
 

 Field windrow turning of composted cattle manure with a Brown Bear auger turner.

 

An auger-style turner used in Idaho.

 

Other Turning Options

A grower near Burley, ID uses this farm-fabricated windrow turner.

 

This snow blower has been adapted for turning windrows near Jerome, ID. It had mixed success.

 
 

 A potato digger modified to turn windrows in Massachusetts.

Slide courtesy of Tom Richard
 

 An Idaho dairy farmer turns compost with an excavator.

 

 Turning compost with a skid loader.

 

 Turning a pile with a tractor bucket loader in New York.

Slide courtesy of Tom Richard
 

 Windrow Construction

This wagon is used to build windrows on a farm in Massachusetts.

 

 A walking floor trailer building windrows in Vermont.

 

A truck-mounted mixing wagon used at a composting facility in Idaho.

 
 

 This manure spreader is also used to build compost windrows at a dairy in Idaho.

 

Enclosed Bag System

An enclosed bag composting system used at Olds college in Alberta.

 

 The plastic bag on an enclosed bag system.

 

 A filled enclosed bag.

Slide courtesy of Ag-Bag International
 

Grinders and Screens 

 

A hammermill tub grinder in action at a facility in Connecticut.

 

 A tub grinder used at a yard debris compost facility.

 

  Hammers inside of a tub grinder.

 

Ground-up residue ready for composting.

 

 

 A horizontal-feed hammermill grinder.

 

 This belt-shear shredder is used to shred compost in Massachusetts.

 

 This tractor with a flail chopper is used to grind brush for composting in California.

 

 Flails on a tractor-powered flail chopper.

 

 This rubber-finger star screen is used to screen finished product in Maine.

 

 This home-made trommel screen is used at a site in Idaho.

 

 Miscellaneous

A blower used to aerate static piles.

 

 

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