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Has anyone made their own stall stifter?

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  • Has anyone made their own stall stifter?

    Years ago I ran a farm that had 2 prototypes for the now $2,500 stall sifters. I should have taken photos and measurements so that I could build my own and cannot remember the motor and drive mechanisms. Has anyone built one of these? I can't afford to spend the $$ on a real one, but have a horse that grinds the poo around in his stall. Every day I wish I had one.

  • #2
    These things are the best invention ever.

    The barn I am at now has one they got from an estate sale. The BO has a neck injury that makes stall cleaning tough. Having done stalls the "normal way" for 15 years at least I was VERY skeptical but the manure shaker saves so. much. bedding. and keeps the manure pile to a minimum. It is awesome.

    Supposedly they are built with a lawn mower motor, if that helps at all. We were saying the other day how they really can't be *that* hard to build, if you can weld and do the electrical stuff....

    PS I can get measurements and take some pics of the one we have at our barn, if you want.
    We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.


    • Original Poster

      FG - that would be great. The manufacturer's don't really post detailed photos for obvious reasons. There was a small motor - but I don't remember exactly how the circular revolutions were translated into horizontal movement of the tray.

      As far as welding - our prototypes were made with wooden, not metal, frames. I really don't think it will be that difficult for someone who is a good mechanical type (not me).


      • #4
        We don't have a motorized one, but we have two frames with
        screens that we can lean against the stall wall at an angle
        and manually sift. Cost about $40 to build.



        • #5
          There was an article in a local advertising magazine that Fleet Farm,
          a regional farm supply store (among other things) publishes. In
          the article was a picture of a machine the the horse farm owner's
          neighbor had built for him. It had an electric motor and a rubber
          "fan belt" type connector to a pulley on a shaft that caused a large
          drum made of metal mesh to rotate. The drum was about the size
          of a 55 gallon barrel and laid on its side and slightly tilted. Bedding
          fell through the mesh and the waste dropped out the open lower end
          of the drum. I called and asked the owner for plans but he didn't
          have any and felt his neighbor wouldn't be able to supply them
          either. He did say finding the right sort of mesh took a few tries
          as did the selecting the speed of rotation of the drum. Also said
          it would be different for different materials; one choice for sawdust,
          different for shavings, etc.
          Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
          Elmwood, Wisconsin


          • #6
            Dot your manual version sounds quite handy (and cheap!) also.

            The one downside to the sifter at our barn is that the grate is really better suited to sawdust type bedding. We get our shavings from a mill in Canada and the type can vary by batch. The big fluffy shavings don't go through the machine all that well.

            It really is a huge cost saver though, I spend $16 a month on bedding. Granted my boy is out 14 hours a day but still there is very little wasted bedding anymore.
            We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.


            • #7
              Oh I've spent many hours while cleaning stalls thinking about how to build one! It seems like it shouldn't be too hard. (Yeah, right!) Someone out there HAS to have built one. I hope that person also has pics and posts them!!!! Maybe there will be a dealer at Equine Affaire and I can get a better look. I should drag DH along since he can weld and could figure out how to do it...


              • #8
                I agree about needing some trial and error. TrainerLady's DH tried building one for her barn a couple of years ago. As I recall, the main problem was that it was a little over-enthusiastic and would shake the poop into such tiny bits that it would all fall back into the stall with the bedding. I think he ran out of patience and gave up; I haven't seen it for at least a year.
                Incredible Invisible


                • #9
                  We only bed in sawdust. We use the screen for the
                  really bad stalls. It saves a LOT of bedding but it takes
                  extra time (not to mention work).
                  It is about 5 feet X 3 feet, with a frame of aluminum and
                  double screens.
                  Just lean it at an angle and shovel the dirty bedding against
                  it. The clean sawdust falls through and the manure/hay
                  rolls down the front. The amount of waste is very little.




                  • #10
                    Check out this link, it is the manual for the Brockwood Stall Shi*fter®
                    If you go to "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS" it tells you what motors are used.
                    In the pics, it looks like the motor has a gear reducer on it.
                    I'm going tinker with this, when I was a kid my favorite toy was my brothers Erector Set.


                    • #11
                      Harry Hopkins

                      I've built several of them and have plans drawn up.


                      • #12
                        Look at the PoopShaker plans

                        You can get the plans to build a PoopShaker on line at www.poopshaker.com. This is an easy to build bedding sifter that works really well and is made from readily available parts.


                        • #13
                          I think (haven't built one, so not sure) that you want a design based on an "eccentric cam". This will produce a back and forth movement as it rotates. This simple video illustrates it (their example moves up/down, but you get the drift)


                          • #14
                            stall sifter plans

                            Originally posted by Harry Hopkins View Post
                            I've built several of them and have plans drawn up.
                            Would you possibly be able to send me plans for the stall sifter/ manure shaker? I cannot seem to find anything on stall sifter/ manure shaker here in Germany! I really need one since I have 31 horses to care for! Please email me at susipfm2011@live.com. Thank you!


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 092556 View Post
                              Check out this link, it is the manual for the Brockwood Stall Shi*fter®
                              If you go to "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS" it tells you what motors are used.
                              In the pics, it looks like the motor has a gear reducer on it.
                              I'm going tinker with this, when I was a kid my favorite toy was my brothers Erector Set.
                              Apparently, Harry Hopkins owns this website, and has removed the manual. So much for that.
                              What you allow is what will continue.


                              • #16
                                My BM has an old one - I will have to look tonight to see who made it.

                                Those ROCK! I don't know that she is using it anymore since switching to the pelleted bedding, but it was FANTASTIC for the shavings. The only caveat was you had to make a small mound of shavings for the front wheels, otherwise, it would "go for a walk" while shaking. She has 3 stalls, and while all but 5 or 6 are on 24/7 turnout, during snow/ice storms, it was great for not wasting bedding.
                                "Let's face it -- Beezie Madden is NOT looking over her shoulder for me anytime
                                soon . . . or ever, even in her worst nightmares."

                                Member, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                                • #17
                                  While reading this, I literally just sketched this idea out now. So pardon the hand-scrawled jibberish, and drawing is not exactly to scale. Basic idea is to suspend a screen from a frame by heavy extension springs. Put handles on the side of the screen frame, and manually bounce the screen side to side in a sifting motion(could knock it gently against the frame to increase efficiency. And then up/down to get those last bits through. Tip the screen up to pour the manure into your waiting wheelbarrow.
                                  Pick this apart-- do you think it would work? I'm feeling like it's a EUREKA! moment, but maybe it's a Eurek-DUH!! instead


                                  • #18
                                    Yes, we made our own "prototype." Vibrated a screed with a jigsaw! I worked for a bit, 'til the screen failed from fatigue. It was enough for us to decide the real thing was worthwhile, so we bought one from Morris Tool http://www.morristool.com/ and have used it for quite a few years now. Morris Tool is great to deal with.


                                    • #19
                                      I found plans!

                                      I am also horse poor and cannot afford the many $$$$ it takes to purchase a manure shaker. While searching and searching I found a site that will send plans for short money and a promise that all materials can be purchased at most local hardware outlets. I have ordered a set but haven't seen them yet. My hope is that it will be a fairly simple assembly. All the manure shakers I have seen in operation certainly look simple enough.



                                      • #20
                                        Great! Amazing how a new poster finds this old thread and even links to an ad!