What Every Farmer Should Know Before Buying A Compost Turner

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

If you have ever tried to do something without the proper tool, you have probably had a rough time. It makes all the difference to have the right tool for the job. If you are a farmer looking for your first compost turner, also known as a windrow turner, you may not be sure what to look for. If you make the right choice, your composting will run with precision. However, if you make the wrong choice, you are likely to encounter problems that will cost you not only money, but time and energy as well. The following is important information every farmer should know before choosing a compost turner.

Making safety and health a priority

The safety and efficiency of your operation will be impaired if you have a poorly maintained, mismatched, or incorrectly-sized compost turner. So what should you do when you are ready to buy this type of machine? You can begin by making safety and health a priority. Learn about and understand the operating procedures and design features of compost turners. You can greatly reduce, if not eliminate, much of the risk of using this equipment if you know how to use it.

Deciding which compost turner is best for you

You have a few choices when buying a windrow turner and there are some things you should consider before making your choice. Get a product that has a record of durability with little or no downtime. Make sure that you can move the compost turner drum vertically and remove it at any time. This allows you to look inside the windrow to check progress, or move on if the windrow is too wet. Make sure that the compost turner you choose applies water to the compost evenly as it is thrown over the drum. This even distribution of moisture is essential for optimal microbial growth.

It is best to choose a windrow turner that is an “all-in-one” system. You do not want to have to use another vehicle for wetting down the windrows. Keep your eye out for a product that reduces the cycle time of compost production. This should be around eight weeks from formation of the windrows to your completed product. Choose a drum with variable speeds that maximize formation. An excessive drum speed machine reduces, rather than enhances, your composting process and it pulverizes feedstocks.

Asking about your purchase options

It is important to know what options you have when buying a compost turner. This machine will be a large investment into your operations and you should feel that you have gotten the best deal. The type of windrow turner you choose should depend on the size of your operations and your budget. Some companies offer only new compost turners in one size or model. Other companies may have a variety of options available, like buying a used or refurbished compost turner. You may even be able to have one custom built for your needs.

High-quality compost turners from SCARAB International

Buying the right compost turner is vital to the success of your operation. Whether your composting projects are small, medium, or large scale, the experts at SCARAB International can help you find the right machine for your needs. We have New, Used, and Refurbished compost turners, as well as Leasing Options. Call us today at (806) 883-7621 or Contact Us by email for more information about our products.