Self-Propelled Compost Turner

What is the Function of Self-Propelled Compost Turner?

By far, windrow composting is the most common method for composting. Successful compost has a significant influence on making organic fertilizer. A self-propelled compost turner is often used to turn the compost. It moves through the windrow and enables oxygen to get in by the paddle.

At the same time, waste gases in the compost are vented. A self-propelled compost turner can help turn the windrow in an efficient and convenient way. Also, it is suitable for composting on smooth ground. Therefore, it is mainly used in factories which owns a vast area of space.

In agriculture, organic manure is shaped like a long pile like a windrow to be turned regularly to ensure oxygen content and porosity. It is a simple way of making compost. You can use this method to produce large volumes of compost. For this reason, it is widely used in organic manure composting of all scales.


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MFP factory owns a manufacturing factory, so we can offer you high-quality and energy-saving products. What’s more, our machines are moderately priced. It is worth mentioning that we can assemble not only an organic fertilizer production line but also a cow dung fertilizer production line and a compound fertilizer production line. The right video is our customer’s crawler type compost machine arrival. He ordered this compost machine to ferment his chicken farm wastes.


What Are the Three Stages of Windrow Composting?

When to Stop Turning Commercial Compost Windrow?

You can determine when to stop turning by a judge from its temperature. In general, when temperatures exceed about 65°C, or when they fall below 45°C, you need to turn the windrow.

You should turn the windrow compost when the temperature decreases and repeat about 4-5 times until the temperature ceases to rise. If the compost reaches the curing stage, you can stop turning commercial compost. It means the compost has decomposed thoroughly and is ready for plants.

small scale compost turner

What is the speed of the self-propelled compost turner?

MFP company produces two types of self-propelled compost turners-crawler type compost turners and moving type compost turners.

Crawler type compost turner is more popular with customers due to its high capacity. There is a steel drum with paddles on the crawler type compost turner, with this structure, it can flip the materials and let more oxygen come in to speed up decomposition. All the models of this type require a fixed windrow spacing(800-1000mm) and a maximum diameter of material particles(250mm). But other parameters vary as different models.

Take our crawler type compost turner SXLDF-2600 as an example. It can turn a windrow compost with a width of 2600mm and a height of 1300mm. It is a hydraulic-driven drum. Its horsepower is 116. The working knife on the beam can stir and crush materials and has a diameter of 500mm.

Also, there is a pipe that can transport water and spray on the compost. In this way, you can ensure appropriate moisture in the compost. The working speed of this model can reach 10 meters per minute. It is efficient and easily operated.

Moving type compost turner adopts a four-wheel walking design and one person can control it. It is built with rotary knives on the bottom of the base. Thus, it can turn, loosen and move the compost to make the compost fully exposed to fresh air. Therefore, the oxygen will help aerobic bacteria to grow. Compared with another type, moving type compost turner has lower capacity and consumes less power.

From the product picture, you can know that the rear-view mirrors on the crawler type turner provide a better visual field for drivers, thus easier operation for workers. If you need a more professional fertilizer compost machine, the crawler type is a good choice.

From the product picture, you can know that the rear-view mirrors on the crawler type turner provide a better visual field for drivers, thus easier operation for workers. If you need a more professional fertilizer compost machine, the crawler type is a good choice.

How much does a self-propelled compost turner cost?


MFP company manufactures self-propelled compost turners in our own factory, therefore, we provide you with factory-gate prices. Moreover, we can guarantee the quality of our products and they have a 365-day warranty.

The cost of self-propelled compost turner varies with its different types and models. A moving type compost turner is $5,000-$6,000, while a crawler type compost turner costs you around $12,000-$65,000. You can regard the crawler type as an updated version of the moving type compost turner. The former has a higher capacity and a better working environment for the driver.

moving type compost turner

  • 400-500tph Capacity

self-propelled compost turner

  • 500-700tph Capacity

How often do you turn the compost in the windrow?

We can divide the fermentation process into two stages, that is, the active phase and the aging phase. The first stage begins after the windrow compost is ready and it requires a heat requirement. You can accomplish this by turning the compost) of 55 degree Celsius(minimum) for at least 3 days. Using self-propelled compost turners can decrease the time of the active phase, which can finish in 10 days.

Then, the next stage is the aging phase, after active composting. It takes about 3 days.

What is the Benefit of Windrow Composting?

Economic benefits of windrow composting include improved soil quality and increased biological activity. Composting minimizes emissions of harmful gases from organic waste. More importantly, the use of compost can reduce the dependency on chemical fertilizers. In another way, windrow composting saves your cost of constructing grooves, while you also need an adequate area to operate.