This is my Epilog Laser Cutter
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Composting is the easiest thing one can do to help your community. With a wealth of good soil you, your neighbors, and everyone else is stuck with the predictament of what to grow. Imagine such a world.
The problem is that the standard composter doesn't turn itself, and the average human is too everwhelmed with life's callings to take the time to turn the composter once a week.
Hence the self turning composter, wind powered so no additional power is needed.
I just added a laundry basket to the inside to help churn the soil. It was turning a 3/4 full load with no problems at all. I had to empty it out to paint it black, but once the winds pick up I will post a video of it turning soil.
The gear drive supplies more torque than it would ever require, I used vise grips and tried to stop it turning but could not. I estimate that I applied about 150 lbs with a moment arm of 8 inches and still it didn't stop! The gear ratio is 1255:1.
You will need:
A drum, or other round item that will server such a purpose. Note that I did not have a drum but I did have a large bucket I bought for 3 bucks at walmart.
Plywood-depending on how big you want to go will determine how much scrap you need. I used about a half a sheet of 1/2 inch ply for the turbine but I think twice as many layers would be better.
2x4's or 2x6's-The frame and upright uses about 2-8ft lengths of one or the other.
Screws-get a box of 3in deck screws, they last forever and are very strong.
A junk gear motor with a high gear ratio is also needed.
Tools-I used a drill press, angle grinder, hammer, screw driver and jig saw. My advice, you can never have too many tools.
Time: It took about a day to make this. I actually did it over the weekend but actual time was about 12 hours.