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Texas Worm Harvester (part 3)

8 Feb

The sun was shining and the arctic blast of 2011 broke this weekend for the first run of the Texas Worm Harvester.  I ran a couple hundred pounds of compost through the rig and had some good results.  I had enough time to run a few of my red worm bins with the same success.  I put together a fairly rough video of the project, and welcome any questions.  Let me know if I can help you with your very own version.

Texas Worm Harvester

1 Feb

I have spent several months researching worm harvesters, and looking at designs.  I began construction on mine yesterday.  Thanks to Bruce at wormcompostingblog.com for sharing his plans on his drill powered model.

The most expensive materials I have purchased are two plastic tubs at $12.51 each, and rolls of 1/4″ and 1/2″ galvanized hardware cloth at $17.97 and $16.97 respectively.

I have some empty syrup tubs on hand from feeding cows that I used some tin snips to cut the bottom out of that will serve as the end pieces of the tumbler.  I will wrap the hardware cloth around these.

I had a 3/4″ piece of galvanized pipe that will be my center axle.  The struts are 2X4 pieces cut to fit the tubs, that will stabilize the turning of the axle.  I pre-drilled and attached with a lag bolt.  The other pieces of galvanized pipe and 90 degree elbows I had to purchase to make the crank.

Stay tuned to see how I built the housing and rest of the Texas Worm Harvester.

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