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Vermeer Introduces Self-Propelled Compost Turner

Mon January 11, 2010 - National Edition
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Vermeer Corporation has introduced a self-propelled compost turner with elevating-face technology. The CT1010TX compost turner can be used on compost sites with either continuous-stack or windrow configurations and provides minimal unwanted degradation to the organic material.

The CT1010TX helps compost sites make the best use of their space. By utilizing the optional conveyor, compost sites can create a continuous stack configuration, eliminating the need for open space between the windrows. This allows for three to four times more material to be placed in the same space as conventional windrow composting, according to the manufacturer.

“Space is a premium in composting sites,” said Chris Nichols, environmental sales manager of Vermeer Corporation. “The CT1010TX allows compost sites to stack more material in less space. But the unit also works well in windrow configurations.”

Powered by a 215 hp (160 kW) Cummins QSB 6.7 L engine, the CT1010TX can process up to 2,500 to 4,000 cu. yds. (1,911 to 3,058 cu m) of compost per hour, depending on the type of material and moisture content. The CT1010TX turns a stack 10 ft. (3 m) wide and 9 ft. (2.7 m) high.

The unit is propelled by a dual steel track system, which helps increase traction over wheeled units and produces less ground pressure when working in nonpaved compost sites. A maximum speed of 0 to 3.2 mph (0 to 5.1 kmh) in the high range helps with transport and cycle times, while the 0 to 6.5 fpm (0 to 2.0 mpm) in low range provides enhanced control in wet and heavy material.

SmartTrack, an advanced control system, monitors elevating-face pressure and will slow or stop the ground drive when the elevating-face pressure reaches a predetermined level. This feature has the potential to increase machine and job site productivity by reducing operator interface.

“Our elevating-face technology features a combination of paddles and teeth that lift and tumble the compost material up the face of the compost turner and discharge the material at the rear of the machine,” said Nichols. “This innovative process does not degrade the compost material and introduces more oxygen into the compost pile.”

The elevating face features hardened cup-style teeth held in place using grade 5 and grade 8 bolts. The grade 5 bolt acts as a shear point for the tooth should teeth come in contact with contaminants, such as rocks and metals. The grade 8 bolt will retain the tooth to the machine, so it is not lost in the pile, reducing repair costs and service time.

An optional 48-in. (122 cm) wide V-cleat discharge conveyor moves the compost away from the machine and allows customers to create a continuous stack of compost. The 24-ft. (7.3 m) conveyor extends approximately 8 ft. (2.6 m) beyond the left side of the machine and can be adjusted between 10.5 and 13.5 ft. (3 and 4 m) discharge height for loading material into a transport vehicle.

The CT1010TX cab includes a variety of features designed for operator convenience and comfort, including a fully adjustable seat, cab pressurization with self-adjusting climate controls, 12 volt accessory plug-ins, AM/FM/CD sound system and large windows with front and side wiper/washer systems. An active-carbon cab air filtration system aids in removing odors and fumes, as well as dust and dirt particles.

The elevating face, optional conveyor and ground drive functions are all controlled with comfortable ergonomic dual joystick controls, minimizing operator movements and reducing fatigue. A single switch staggers the start and stop functions of the conveyor and elevating face. This feature helps prevent operator error that could result in potential plugging of the conveyor, according to the manufacturer.

Separate reversible hydrostatic pumps control the dual tracks, elevating face and optional conveyor providing the operator complete and independent control of the primary machine functions.

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