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Compost Turner - Tractor Mounted -TM3 3 meter rows

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Compost Turner – Tractor Mounted -TM3 3 x 1,5 meter rows

  • Is a 3 point tractor mounted compost turner
  • Processing rows 3 meter wide x 1,5 meter high and of any length,
  • Uses 12mm thick professionally and dynamically balanced drum with a blade pattern and number unique in the SA Composting industry, turning at a speed set to remove virtually all CO2 and high temperatures.
  • Composter turns 675 cu meters per hour at 300 meters per hour ground speed.
  •       This is the speed of the crawler gear on a tractor at 1700rpm which customer must have.
  • Our composter has a connection point on turner for applying water to compost when turning using flexible lay flat hosing.

Our TM3 compost turner has Hydraulic connection couplers for adjusting height of turner rotor up by over 50cm from ground level for easily handling difficult turns– this all controlled from tractor seat!

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Product Description

Compost Turner Tractor Mounted

Ritlee Compost Turner model TM3

  • Rebuild microbial life in your soils,
  • Rebuild your soil structure,
  • Manage your soil compaction and water retention.
  • The beneficial microbes responsible for composting are naturally occurring and live in rich oxygen laden conditions.
    • To populate your row with benefitable microbes, it is suggested to use your local microbes contained in local dung, soils, clay, chipped wood, grasses etc.
      • Suggestion:  When you have completed your compost row and 100% happy with your end result!!, use 80% for applying where planned on your farm, then use the balance of  20% to germinate/populate the next row, thus assuring a great microbial mix in your compost.– this to steadily repopulate your new row with your microbial and fungal diversity !

  • Correctly composted organic matter is a stable, aerobic, microbial, eco-friendly and well balanced nutrient source
Compost turner on 45kw tractor with crawler gear!

Compost turner on 45kw tractor with crawler gear!

Discharging compost from back of turner

Discharging compost from back of turner.

The Ritlee Compost Turner TM3

Is tractor mounted and used to create aerobic compost high in microbial and fungal content which rebuilds soils, restores carbon and organic matter, prevents soil hardening, allows crumbing and improves erosion control. It also reduces disease and insect pressure and enhances water infiltration as well as reducing compaction. This improves nutrient retention and promotes healthier plants because it reduces the need for chemicals.

Furthermore, your costs for fertilizer will be dramatically cut increasing your income.

New 6 meter self propelled compost turner

New 6 meter self propelled compost turner

Click here to see all about our new 6 meter self propelled compost turner —

Watch this space for new 3 meter self propelled compost turner!

Ritlee designed their compost turner with 4 main aspects in mind product wise:

  1. To have a stable working turner which will easily compost from heavy krall manure to a lighter mix of typical organic farm waste like pruning’s, chips, old grass bales, dung and litter etc without damaging vibration and body shake.
  2. To manufacture a strong, durable, reliable, efficient turner at best price possible without forfeiting the strength, durability, reliability, and efficiency in any way whatsoever!
  3. To manufacture a compost turner which can easily work on undulating land.
  4. To manufacture a compost turner with spatulas on their drum which must have the following characteristics.
    1.  Arranged in a pattern where:
      1. compost turning and fluffing is the best possible exposing the compost to fresh air so as to expel the high temperatures, expel the high carbon dioxide levels, allow the compost to fall back in a neat triangular line.
      2. Where anaerobic clusters are broken up when being turned and not picked up and placed back without the breaking up function.– this done with too wide and long spatulas.
    2. To be perfectly mounted on drum without constantly coming loose, breaking, bending or wearing fast.
    3. To have well supported mounting brackets which will keep there position correct  for ever! without bending

Join Ritlee in a walk around our compost turner!

 

Ritlee’s final result:

A compost turner well balanced, the most stable in the business, of simple design and with practical features like:

  1. No need to lift and lower the housing and rotor in and out of work under any circumstances because:
    1. Rotor mounted on 2x hydraulically controlled lifting and lowering pistons in stable slides giving a adjustment of 50cm allowing rotor to be set at highest for first turn if compost thick, wet and heavy then lowered for final turn.
    2. Unit has full width easily tensionable stabiliser bar for absolute smooth and vibration free turning (Watch any of our videos!– or opposition for that matter!)
      1. Stabiliser bar also allows easy turning on level or undulating composting sites!
  2. Has water application point directed into working area of row thus no messy runoff of water– all is turned into row immediately and thoroughly
  3. Has easy Transporting mounting if unit stored away from composting venue.
  4. Built without any unnecessary weights and counter weights meant for stability– our extra weight is a stabilising adjustable steel pipe!

Ritlee are innovators not immitators.

Ritlee compost turner mounted onto tractor ready for action

Ritlee compost turner mounted onto tractor ready for action

Mounting of Torsion bar for stabilising compost turner

Mounting of Torsion bar for stabilising compost turner

Rotor in Hydraulic Mounting plate for rotor height adjustment

Rotor in Hydraulic Mounting plate for rotor height adjustment

Compost Turner from Ritlee in Transport mode/setup

Compost Turner from Ritlee in Transport mode/setup

Sadly some opposition are harping on that our Ritlee machine cannot be lifted out of a compost row 

  • This is true if you refer to the entire rotor including its housing.:
    1. But why do you need to?–
      1. to lift it out because you are stuck and stalling tractor?
      2. To lift it to inspect compost in the middle of the row?

OR

    1. Is it because tractor stalled and refusing to turn the compost because mix is heavy clay like wettish kraal manure and causing massive load on tractor and turner gearbox?
    2. The spatula pattern and number of spatulas is just too much not allowing a clean practical turn because of massive loads on PTO, Gearbox and turner carrier chassis!
    3. If 1 or 2 above, no problem with the Ritlee compost turner– Lift rotor to highest level hydraulically using Ritlee turner hydraulics connected to tractor — then carry on processing/turning row, then lower rotor on return trip!
  • If just too wet and thick and needs lifting constantly, !– What is operator doing there in the first place?

Ritlee TM3 lifts and lowers the rotor only within its housing on slides (Done hydraulically controlled by tractor operator!)

Ritlee do not lift the entire turner housing assy

BECAUSE:

Turner in construction process

Turner in construction process

      1. No Lift Facility! — Most obvious is Price is a hell of a lot cheaper
      2. No Lift Facility!   Rotor position can be set and locked with Hydraulics from tractor operator seat–Roter can be set to turn at ground level or lifted when needed for first difficult turn! Or when working on cement platform can be dropped level in order not to allow anerobic clusters at bottom of row
      3. No Lift Facility!   Compaction problems are massively less with TM3 as we do not use the heavy counter weight cement blacks– only a Tensionable stabiliser bar
          1.  COMPACTION PROBLEMS ARE MASSIVELY LESS WITH THE RITLEE TM3 Turner
      4. No Lift Facility!   TM3 has out of the way mounting area for 500 and/or 1000 litre tank if so required with boom for application!
      5. No Lift Facility!   If customer wants to use Biddim cloth– Rollers can be made and mounted so that turning can happen under cloth!
      6. No Lift Facility!   TM3 has easy and quick transport coupler.
      7. No Lift Facility!   Our TM3 has a support tube from far end of turner joined to special coupler mounted on front of tractor this tube incorporated two tensioner turnbuckles– This bar goes over top of row being turned.– Great idea to tie a marker rag in middle to allow tractor operator to make 100% perfect parallel rows!

TM3 Compost Turner Components

  • Tests were done: CO2 content in front of turner in the compost was 21% then immediatly after the Ritlee TM3 turned this same sample compost, CO2 levels dropped to +1%
  • Anerobic clusters were 100% broken up within first 3 turns of the compost
  • Ritlee feel our turner is the best fluffer and crumber of compost in the SA market— Lets get that CO2 out, high temperatures out and replaced with as much fresh air as possible (Oxygen)
Rotor in Hydraulic Mounting plate for rotor height adjustment

Rotor in Hydraulic Mounting plate for rotor height adjustment

100% of compost row is picked up and deposited other side of rotor

100% of compost row is picked up and deposited other side of rotor

Here turner drum lifted hydraulically --

Here turner drum lifted hydraulically —

Compost Turner drum - side view showing wall, welding and carrier shaft with taper lock! NOTE: Tube is dynamically balanced and is 12mm thick walls

Compost Turner drum – side view showing wall, welding and carrier shaft with taper lock! NOTE: Tube is dynamically balanced and is 12mm thick walls

Showing Hydraulic height adjustment of rotor (On Both sides)

Showing Hydraulic height adjustment of rotor (On Both sides)

Compost Turner from Ritlee in Transport mode/setup

Compost Turner from Ritlee in Transport mode/setup

Linking water line to turner to drop water immediately above compost row when turning row.– Max 60% moisture!.

Attachment point for water to apply in compost

Attachment point for water to apply in compost

Sales History:

  • We sold our first Ritlee manufactured compost turner back in February, 2007.
  • With well over 180 units now in the field, please give Ritlee a shout if you want addresses of users closest to you to chat to
    • With these numbers, odds are there is a Ritlee TM3 compost turner close to you
    • Our Clients and our products are our best salesmen!
    • Go have a look, or chat!

Important Info

  1. Learn more about Aerobic Composting here.
Microbial and Fungal life in the soil explenation

Microbial and Fungal life in the soil explenation

Please download and read the following informative reading!

  1. RITLEE COMPOST AND THE SOIL MICROBIOME READING
  2. RITLEE COMPOST MAKING GENERAL INFO
  3. –> COMPOSTING & MICROBIAL LIFE IN THE COMPOST
  4. RITLEE COMPOSTING & MICROBIAL LIFE BEST READING
  5. –> COMPOSTING WITH KRAAL MANURE

TM3 Compost Turner Specifications & Requirements

  • Tractor Min 45 kw tractor and MUST HAVE A CRAWLER GEAR –
  • If area very slippery when wet, consider a 4 wheel drive.
  • On average for above tractor PTO set at 540 RPM and revs at 1,700
  • Turner is fitted with 90° (degree) gearbox with the correct ratio to rotor from 540RPM from your tractor. 130Kw angle drive gearbox
  • Supplied with 2 PTO shafts (1x with slip clutch)
  • Supplied with 50 mm water hose clamp with water connection that also has a 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 therefore make turned rows look neat.
  • 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 preferably level, with a slight slope to allow run-off of leach-ate.
  • Reliable Water supply point with easy on off control and sufficient pressure to feed water-drawn drag line to turner

Some Important facts

  • The higher the quality of the Humus Compost produced, the greater the benefit to the soil and the greater the increase in crop quality and yield – far greater than the results that can be achieved with typical compost.
  • Aeration or the exchange of carbon dioxide in the windrow with air having its full oxygen content.
  • Tests were done: CO2 content in front of turner in the compost was 21% then immediately after the Ritlee TM3 turned this same sample compost, CO2 levels dropped to 1%

Compost Turner Image Gallery

TM3 Compost Turner Videos

Really a great must see video on life in your soils

  • Composting Chicken Litre in KZN Harding area
    • As aerobic compost digestion takes place, bi-products like excessive heat generation and carbon dioxide (CO2) content is dramatically intensified.– These are all neutralized with the compost turner action which also inoculates compost with fresh air (Oxygen), breaks up anaerobic clusters and reduces temperatures to mean temperature. — This is done as gently as possible by our TM3 in order not to damage too much microbial and fungal life present in the compost with the actual turning action!–Ritlee are proud to say that our present blade profile, speed and angle is the best in the market– 2nd to none made in SA

Other compost Videos to watch

Additional Information

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