First off, thanks again for your enthusiasm and feedback!
Your questions have helped us focus in on designing the
best compost spreader possible. If you feel the same way
about your farm as we do about providing great machinery,
you've invested everything you have in your farm, and you
don't want to leave any details to chance!
Higher Yields & Better Quality;
Better compost and perfect distribution will result in better quality and higher crops for the long run.
-Perfect application of compost in one shot; even a 1% boost in production by getting dialed in
would mean a 5-year payoff, never mind the potential for a 2-5% production increase!
-Speeding up decomposition by cycling compost piles
-Screening for creating the perfect on-farm potting mix
Save Time & Money;
-Do the work of two people, yet quicker and more efficient
-Just 5 minutes to scoop and lay down one yard in a precise even layer; imagine mulching with that last 5 minutes before heading to market to gain an extra growing day, before a rain-storm turns fields soggy, or getting all that garlic covered before a fall frost!
-Easy to turn on headlands or backing in to hoop houses
-No more wasted time climbing on and off the tractor
-No more raking out compost
-Fully galvanized box structure
-We use the same Category 2 hydraulic top-link with
double-pilot valves which you can use with a quick-attach
or other equipment
-All common off-the-shelf bearings, sprockets, and chains
that are over-sized for reliability
-Standard operation and parts manual
-Video tutorials for operation and service
Stay tuned; our pre-production prototype will be in an upcoming video in a few weeks!
2019 Production Dates
A limited amount of pre-production models at introductory pricing will be available for this growing season; we're looking for farm-partners who are interested in helping us further refine this compost spreader with more extensive field testing before going into full production in 2020,
Priorities for this growing season;
-Farms located in Atlantic/Central Canada/North East US
-Farms in North-America with a social media following
-Farms in North-America able to make modifications that support product development
Frequently Asked Questions;
Can I change the width for beds narrower than 60 inches, or make multiple hills?
Yes, on our pre-production models there is a channel for optional block off plates. The design will also accept wood from your local building supply. This not only allows for narrower beds, it can also assist in hilling. Either single hills, or multiple hills for crops such as leeks up to 58 inches
Can I change the application rate?
Yes you can! There are 2 ways of controlling application rate;
-adjusting the hydraulic flow rate
-adjusting the tractor ground speed
To maximize application, we recommend a ground speed that empties the hopper evenly for the length of the bed and making successive passes. We will be posting demonstration videos, for the latest developments, please subscribe to the Community Machinery YouTube channel
We are still in the process of mapping out our pricing structure. In making sure we offer great value, we made sure we're competitive with tow-behind manure spreaders and side discharge buckets on the market. Even though we offer the added benefit of Self-Loading, we want to remain a lean company that is well-positioned to respond to the needs of farmers. We know you want to plan your cash-flow as we do, so we want to give you a number to start budgeting with;
Easy pay-off in less than five years at $4900.00 Canadian funds*
*plus shipping, taxes, export fees
We'd love to pre-sell 40 units with a commitment of $1000.00 down, and confirm a guaranteed shipping date on the date of deposit. Pre-selling units would help us streamline our initial offering, we'll share more details as this option unfolds
We're working on details for a US manufacturing and
distribution partner to minimize truck freight rates.
Units will ship flat-packed, and there may be an option
for fully assembled units, depending on the destination
and the time-line
How screened does compost need to be? Is there a screen in the unit?
While fine, dry material ensures optimum spreading, we're refining an agitator system to help break down any clumps in the compost being applied. We will be developing a YouTube video to demonstrate a variety of conditions including grassy material
Using processed compost does not require use of a screen, but a screen can easily be added or removed in the channel provided for block-off plates. We'll post a video on screening compost in the coming months, we want to provide you the perfect on-farm method for making screened potting mix
Will this scoop compacted earth?
We've designed the Self-Loading Compost Spreader to scoop materials with minimal compaction. Our solution to scooping compacted earth is a compost windrow turner that we're now developing.
How much will it hold?
Our current design has a maximum capacity of 1.2 cubic yards. We calculated capacity based on 3 point hitch capacities common to market gardening
What type of tractor will I require?
Our testing was done mostly with a Kubota L4150 with 3525 lb. end of arm lift capacity. To find tractor 3 point hitch end of arm weight capacity, please consult your manual or tractor manufacturer. If you're researching tractors, we've found tractordata.com great as a quick reference
Can this be used for 'Spot Composting' or 'Precision Composting'?
This unit works great for filling in low spots with precise amounts. We would be interested in developing precision composting technology with the right farm-partner.
Is a quick attach 3pt Hitch adaptable?
We are aiming to develop a system to use with a European style 3-point hitch triangle to allow for rapid hook-ups for late 2019. We know from our own shop, when any change-over takes effort, safety and quality quickly become compromised.
Will you sell plans?
Since we want to take every opportunity to provide good value, we have looked at this option since plans have been requested often. Our short answer is; not at this time. Our initial offerings will be flat-packed for distribution, which will save on shipping and assembly expense. Our decision to provide the best compost spreader possible requires us to invest in a relationship with everyone involved in the manufacturing process for your Safety, and Ensured Reliability. You know by the success of your farm; from seeding, to bed prep or marketing, there's no short-cuts...
Can it be used to apply other material?
We are developing small modifications that will allow it to be used to break up and spread other material such as manure, grassy material, screenings, we're going to post it all to the Community Machinery YouTube channel, manure. Stay tuned this piece of equipment will get better as time goes on.
What will happen if wood, rocks or frozen material end up in the hopper?
We realize part of being human is pushing the limits of equipment. We're finalizing details on a safety overload for the agitators to prevent breakage. Ideally we want to integrate a slip-clutch to eliminate the need to replace shear pins. If material does jam the agitator, the motor will run in reverse which can eliminate binding, but ultimately, any object causing a jam-up will likely need to be dug out. A safe procedure for doing so will be outlined in the operation manual, and on the Community Machinery YouTube channel
I'm just starting up, how can I gain access?
We started this project to make life easier for those who feed us, and it's important to provide a hand-up. We have four ways of doing so;
Our growth strategy includes a provision to provide compost spreaders in a way that they can be paid off with the higher net-return they provide for farmers.
Supporting farmer-led organizations such as latelierpaysan.org or cape.coop that come together to work co-operatively on projects too specialized to do individually.
Partnering with external organizations who specialize in alternative financing models
If you require an innovative adaptation, we can partner together to apply for innovation grants. For instance, we'd like to develop a side-discharge option for market-gardens with orchards and vineyards, plus refining a screen and having data for making potting mix. Having a farm-partners to share in grant-writing, on-farm testing and validation is a great way for us to work together in a relationship of equality.
If this is something that interests you, we look forward to starting that conversation since we all need to stand together to create a better tomorrow.
Dan, and the Community Machinery team