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P.O. Box 1296, Bedfordview, 2008. South Africa.

TM3 Tractor Mounted Compost Turner for compost and benefitial microbial and fungal life.

Ritlee Compost Turner TM3, in-house manufactured:

Our Ritlee Model TM3 is a tractor mounted compost turner processing row 3 meter wide x 1,5 meter high by expelling the CO2 and high temperatures and turning in fresh air laden in oxygen, lower temperature air and water if you have water drag line connected.

In my mind compost is phenomenal when applied to your lands and plantations, BUT compost high in microbial and fungal content is what it is really about– Getting that life back into your soils which has been killed off over the years of use and treatment. — With proper management of your composting, this is achieved in massive numbers with massive benefits!.

(Compost maker, composting equipment, composter, Composting farm waste, composting kraal manure )

Compost Rebuilds soils, restores carbon and organic matter, improves erosion control, reduces disease and insect pressure, enhances water infiltration, reduces compaction, improves nutrient retention, promotes healthier plants, reduces need for chemicals, dramatically cut your costs paying for fertilizer and increase your income

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Benefits of Composting the Aerobic way:

  • Compost rebuilds soil structure, restores carbon and organic matter, improves erosion control, reduces disease and insect pressures.
  • Moisture holding capacity increases (1% organic matter in soil increases water holding capacity by up to 170,000 liters per Ha or 80 to 90% of its composted weight.)
  • Soil compaction decreases, Aeration improves, Nutrient storage capacity increases and is freely accessible to plants, Soil structure improves, which in turn promotes healthier plants.
  • Disease suppressing
    • microbes (Actinomycetes etc) abound in manure (Aerobic verses Anaerobic processes)
    • many diseases are associated with Anaerobic conditions
    • Soil ph. becomes more neutral— Good compost has ph of +/- 7
    • Humus is a colloidal substance, and increases the soil’s attraction exchange capacity, hence its ability to store nutrients by binding.
    • Biochemical structure of humus enables it to moderate – or buffer – excessive acid or alkaline soil conditions.
  • To add to quality of your compost, consider adding Vigo or Vigo Espresso (To Vigo and Espresso page click here)

TM3 Compost Turner Performance!

  • Turns Rows 3,00 meters wide x 1,5 meters high.
  • Turns 675 cu meters per hour at 300 meters per hour ground speed.
  • See downloads below for compost reading.
Ritlee TM3 Turner Action picture

Ritlee TM3 Turner in action turning compost


(Please note– Blue Drag line for water is a optional extra!– 100 meter length ideal!)

Ritlee TM3 Compost Turner Technical Specs

Ritlee TM3 Compost Turner Technical Specs











TM3 Compost turner specs and tractor requirements

  • Tractor Min 45 kw tractor and MUST HAVE A CRAWLER GEAR –If area very slippery when wet, consider a 4 wheel drive.
  • In average for above tractor PTO set at 540 RPM and revs at 1,700
  • 90° (degree) gearbox with the correct ratio to rotor from 540RPM from your tractor. 130Kw angle drive gearbox
  • 2 PTO shafts (1x with slip clutch)
  • 50 mm water hose clamp with water connection with centrally located applicator hole mid mount on turner housing.
    • Is Located immediate above compost row being turned — Mixes water in immediately throughout row of compost. (Ideal 60% moisture content)
  • Hydraulic hose connectors to your tractor coupling point for hydraulic lift & lower of turner rotor.
  • Rubber curtains to contain ‘flying’ objects and make turned rows look neat.
  • Micro organism application tank with dropping boom with on/off control — This is an optional.
  • Tractor coupler mounted at weight section of tractor then stabilizer bar specially measured and welded with turnbuckles for ideal tensioning and line up of turner.
  • Weights and measure: 480cm long x 170cm wide x 240cm High with tank x 1750kg
    • Turns Rows 3,00 meters wide x 1,5 meters high
    • Turns 675 cu meters per hour at 300 meters per hour ground speed

Composting site Requirements:

  • Area the size of Rugby field or larger will be ideal.
  • Area to be level, with a slight slope will be great to allow run-off of leach-ate.
  • Reliable Water supply point with easy on off control with sufficient pressure to feed water drawn drag line to turner
Water Coupler point

Water coupler point on compost turner

 We now have a good number of our turners in the market — Please give us a call for names of clients closest to you.

Downloads for you to read about with relation to compost and composting:

Related pages to visit on our web:

Vigo and Vigo Espresso growth stimulent, plant protector and liquid fertiliser

Vigo and Vigo Espresso growth stimulant, plant protector and liquid fertiliser

Ritlee 225 wood chippers Gravity feed

Ritlee 225 wood chippers Gravity feed

Compost turner Backhus Germany all sizes available

Compost turner Backhus Germany all sizes available

To Husqvarna range of equipment page

To Husqvarna range of equipment page

Videos really useful and interesting to watch

Really must watch about your soils

Uploaded and published by Plant Health Cure BV in Netherlands.

Must See video from Plant health cure about your soils and action therein

Must see Video about your soils!

Jock, one of the developers of  Vigo espresso talks about Vigo and Vigo espresso.

This video is really worth watching!

This video is really worth watching!

Video of our bin with Bagger for bagging (Here we are doing compost!)

Composting normal farm organic waste

Taken by Ritlee on our Ritlee You Tube address

Turning Kraal and chicken manure at 5x farms around Karen Beef near Hidelburg for easy spreading in pastures to enrich soils and improved pasture quality

Compost spread with simple fertiliser spreader over pastures.

Turning Tea Tree waste into compost.(Manure and Vigo was added to mix to kick the microbes up the butt.)

This video was taken after 2nd turn. This farmer has a phenomenal reaction in his compost and stated to me that this turner was his best investment. His Tea Tree oil levels have improved well with crop harvested in composted lands.

Turning and breaking round and square straw bale at farm in OFS

We are trying to show the turners versatility on a farm!

Cattle, pigs, chicken farmers:
Our compost turner is exceptionally beneficial to Cattle / Dairy Farmers who can

  • Collect all the dung and urine and place in rows as long as they want (3 meter wide).
  • Turn with our TM3 Compost Turner and allow this row to compost while turning over a period of 6 to 10 weeks!
  • Manure and Urine after turning and allowed to compost is now exceptionally beneficial as resident microbes in the manure have been allowed to really multiply and populate the manure while decomposing it as well.
  • Moisture should always be controlled as well to some 60%
  • Manure / Compost is now at a consistency which is easy to spread mechanically over the lands and at even application as all the clumps and lumps have been broken up.
  • Farmers should try to collect as much of their cattle urine as possible as well and add to composting as it is high in Microbes.
  • Farmers constantly turning heavy-duty materials have the option to customize our TM3 with heavy-duty gearbox (see gallery below)

Contact us for information or enquire for quotes.

Ritlee Compost Recommended Reading

There is no magic, no shortcuts. There is only MANAGEMENT.

Composting is simply a matter of making the indigenous microbes and fungi very, very happy.
If these bacteria are kept at their optimum environmental conditions: plenty to eat, good room temperature, and lots and lots of fresh air, they will perform their natural work – making finished compost, in record time without odours.

PLEASE: If you want high numbers of indigenous bacteria and fungi in your compost, give them time to multiply while composting your bulking. Straw is good for composting, but will decompose very quickly. This will give you a fair count of microbes and finished product within 2 weeks or so. But if you use wood chips, and other more bulky organic material this will decompose slower and will allow your microbes to really multiply 100 fold more, this will ensure the microbes have food during this process which could take up to 12 weeks. In my mind it is all about the numbers!!

This is our attempt to explain how our Ritlee Rhino TM and SP range of turners helps create this near perfect environment. The following cross sectional drawing illustrates the concept of Windrow Dynamics for all of us laymen. It is not designed to be a technical presentation. Windrow Dynamics is basically the natural or unassisted airflow and subsequent bacterial activity of an undisturbed windrow caused by the rising of heated air.

Compost Row with active zones illustration by Ritlee

Compost Row with active zones

Zone 3: represents what I call the “Dead Zone”, or the anaerobic spot that normally begins immediately in a newly formed windrow

Zone 2: which is the most active zone, becomes the hottest and has the most biological activity. This zone is the ideal zone. It can be the “Sweet Spot”  of composting. However, temperatures will rise too high in this zone and begin to destroy beneficial bacteria.

Zone 1: is the least compact zone in the entire row. It is cooler than Zone 2 but warmer than Zone 3. Bacterial activity in this zone slows down rapidly as the moisture evaporates and cool air penetrates it.

Forming the Zones

In most new windrows, other than straight yard debris, Zone # 3 begins to form immediately and increases in size rapidly. The little oxygen that exists is consumed rapidly, and the relatively high moisture content of the material begins to settle here. Zone # 2 is basically un definable yet but begins to form as a result of an active Zone # 1, which remains small but active.

If the row is not mixed and aerated soon it will all become Zone # 3. This is the most critical point because the odours generated can be the cause of site closing ODOURS. These Zones must be refreshed promptly. All the material must change places and preferably must change zones. This brings us to the action of our Ritlee turners.

Particle Size:

There are three basic operations of the Ritlee TM3: The first is continued particle size reduction without creating anaerobic pockets, in fact it crumbles these pockets. It does not grind or pulverize the material, However, as the structural integrity of the material weakens due to bacterial activity the collisions caused by the vortex action within the tunnel begins shattering the weakened particles into smaller jagged shaped pieces. This increased surface area dramatically accelerates microbial activity. It is widely known that bacteria work only on the surface of the material. The more surface area that can be exposed, the more bacteria the material can support. Thus accelerating material breakdown resulting in a higher percentage of finished product. This brings us to the next basic operation of the Ritlee TM3

Air Flow:

Our TM3, at 300 meters per hour ground speed turns 450cu meter compost per hour.

With the specially designed rotor with its spatula type blades which work to the centre from both sides allows phenomenal volumes of fresh air flow (Oxygen) through the row, and at the same time expels the CO2 buildup. Forcing air in the material which is very important, keeping it there is vital. To retain as much of this air as possible is critical NOT to squeeze the material like a sausage maker as it comes out the rear of the tunnel.

The throwing action of the rotor forms and shapes the discharge pile, not the shape of the tunnel. This action creates a porosity unequalled by any other turning device.

Virtually every study on odours shows a direct correlation between lack of oxygen and the presence of odours. It’s only “Common Sense” to retain as much oxygen as possible to ensure maximum Windrow Dynamics.

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