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So we have large piles of soil mixed with smaller rock kicking about. I could do with separating the rock as it would be handy as hardcore and the soil could be spread on our fields.  

 

Now I am wondering if I could make use of our loader which has a 360 pallet rotator. Thinking about making up a decent sized drum of heavy duty 1" weld mesh attached to the rotator and loading it with the tractor. The rotator does not turn quickly but does this matter? I don't want to balls up the rotator but it's heavy duty so I am presuming it would be happy enough spinning away for a while. Anyone any experience of trommels and what does and doesn't work?

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My cousin and machine to remove rubble from soil with a de-stoner used before potato's are planted. Got not pictures i am afraid.      

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Could you get a beet bucket, for your loader (adapt one to fit?), and use it like a riddle bucket?

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5 minutes ago, Craig. said:

Could you get a beet bucket, for your loader (adapt one to fit?), and use it like a riddle bucket?

That's an interesting thought. Not come across those before but definitely worth looking into. When it's to go on our loader think more Multione than gert big Manitou so any bucket does not want to be too big.

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Don't think about using the rotator - dust and grit will end up on the pinion and ring, sticking to all the grease present. What you need is a rotary screening bucket (rsb). They come at a premium and you need a service to run it. For a small amount a riddle bucket is what most use but slow and you need a 360. Best bet is to find  someone with a 7.5tonne 360 with a rsb. Prep the material and get them in for a day in a dry spell and they will do the lot and some of the other main jobs while on site. Haulage may kill it though. There is no cheap option I know of. We're planning to buy a 0.3m3 rsb later this year for the 7.5 as a few 100t to do now and ongoing work. 6k + 1.5k to pipe ex. (FYI - 13T machine matches with a 0.7m3 rsb) Hopefully worth the investment. 

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Ah yes, hadn't thought about the dust and grit blowing into its guts. Thanks so back to the drawing board on that one. 

 

Not sure about using the beet bucket as it will be harsh on the loader bouncing the bucket of earth to agitate it.

 

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