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DIY Trommel on a Shoe String Budget!

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[url="http://mlaine.homeip.net/Trom"]Mike's Trommel[/url]

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Here you'll find directions to build an inexpensive, compact, and light weight hand trommel. It is designed to classify quantity material for your dry washer, high banker, sluice, pan, or garden, and can also be used as a composter or worm harvester. The cost of construction is around $50.

[url="http://mlaine.homeip.net/Trom"]http://mlaine.homeip.net/Trom[/url]

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Nice! Sure beats shaking a bucket ;)

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That's a very innovative and great idea.

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Hi Mike
Most excellent!!
Thanks for sharing....I've got to build one of those.

Regards
Herb

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i'm gonna add water hose fitting in the end of the crank and make the axle a spray bar

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[quote name='i'm a Congress...man' timestamp='1334207678' post='63344']
i'm gonna add water hose fitting in the end of the crank and make the axle a spray bar
[/quote]

I think that will work! It would need a valve to control water flow so that when the axle rotates it doesn't spray out the top of the trommel's screen or the hopper. Great idea ........ post a pic when you get it running.
Cheers,
Mike

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[quote name='i'm a Congress...man' timestamp='1334207678' post='63344']
i'm gonna add water hose fitting in the end of the crank and make the axle a spray bar
[/quote]

You may need an anti twist device for your hose also.

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A simple garden hose union would do it,,i think,,,

LOLOL i thought about the water spraying out the top as i was riding down the road today,,,i wondered how long it would take for someone to catchthat!!!hahaha

nothing gets by this crew!

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After careful consideration here's the plan.......... replace the bottom bearing with the same four-way as the top. Plug the top of the axle near the coupling, plug both sides of the lower four-way so water doesn't leak. Use a PVC reducer with a regular hose bib on the outer four-way................ no need for swivel fitting and it has water flow control to boot! Drill adequate holes in axle for water spray towards top of the trommel and add spray shield of 1/2 cut length of 2 1/2" PVC tubing suspended over the hopper part of the axle. Those picky about water drip can implement an O-ring to the bottom axle/bearing connection. Add your sluice and recirculator. Waaaaaallllllla! You have the shoestring budget highbanker/recirculating sluice.

What fun!

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