However I wanted something light and portable. I didn't want to have to bring the rough soil to the sieve so I designed a wheelbarrow mounted unit.
Another feature I didn't like about 'Son of Sid' was that you had to manually tip out debris. In my design the sift box is at a slight angle with an open back allowing debris to be shaken off. As can be seen from the video it works well (maybe too well as I do shovel the fallout back in for 2nd pass).
The unit design 'evolved' as I went along so I didn't have any dimensioned plans to work from.
The one tip I'd give is use a jigsaw with variable speed. I've mine set to a low speed but I did need to trial the setting to get the best sieving/clearing action while at the same time not shaking the box to bits!
Joined: 19 Feb 2009 Posts: 48 Location: South-East
Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:26 pm Post subject: some more assembly detail
For those looking for some more detail on how I put the seive together I have posted a few photo's below.
Photo 1: This one shows one of the kitchen drawer rails I used. Really too light for the job (smooth action gone). If I were doing it again I'd use a heavier slide.
Photo 2: This shows how I connected the mowing tray to the jigsaw by using a long jigsaw blade. The tip of the blade is clamped between two metal plates and fixed into the tray base (this needs to be very securely fixed!). The other end of the blade is cliked into the jigsaw as normal.
Photo 3: This shows the 132mm blade I used (the one on the right is a standard blade). I needed to use the longer blade to reach through the frame of the sieve and allow for the stroke of the jigsaw.
Photo 4: This photo shows the moving tray in position and the blade through the hole in the frame. Also note the mounting bolts for the jigsaw.
Photo 5: I drilled a couple of holes in the shoe of the jigsaw so that it could be bolted securely to the frame.
Photo 6: I wanted to ensure that the jigsaw was 'rock solid' to the frame but I also wanted to get the jigsaw off easily when ever I needed it. I used this aerial mast clamp to anchor the body of the jigsaw.
Photo 7: This shows the blade clicked into the jigsaw and the jigsaw securely bolted to the frame. Note: don't just bolt the base of the jigsaw to the frame you'll need to clamp the body of the jigsaw aswell, otherwise the vibrations will break it off!
Photo 8: This shows the stop bar screwed to the underside of the sieve. This is to stop the sieve sliding off the wheel barrow when in use.
One other feature that is worth using is the timber edging around the moving tray (see photos1 & 4 ). This stops dirt falling down onto the slide rails and also keeps out fingers from being caught between the moving tray and the fixed frame.
From using the powered sieve for awhile now one of the features I like is the 'self cleaning' operation. It effectively lets you work away to fill the barrow without having to stop and empty out the tray.
Hope this helps anyone interested in building their own powered sieve!
Last edited by Digger Dan on Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:45 pm; edited 4 times in total
Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:03 pm Post subject: Powered soil sieve pictures
Hi again Digger Dan,
Thanks for posting the pictures of the jigsaw mounting and connection.
This is exactly what I need so off to Tesco in the morning (if they're open!).
Am getting good soil quality results with my manual powered version but it's very slow so time to power up !
Anyway best regards and happy gardening
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Posted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:44 am Post subject: Movers and Shakers
Happy St. Patricks Day to you and congratulations on demonstrating that ingenuity is alive and well in Ireland. And further compliments for the excellent photo record. Drown the shamrock for me will you; I'm outside the jurisdiction at the mo. SW _________________ Retired trouble-maker. twitters @walltoall and dreams of being promoted to Pedunculate Oaker.
I just wanted to say thank you and that I love you!
after trawling through the internet to try and find a 'home garden' sized motorised soil sifter. I came accross 1 that cost over £400 to buy, and several to rent that were the size of houses and used for quarries!
I then found your video on youtube amoungst other machines, and decided that your design was the best and easiest to replicate.
A week later I finished making mine, and yesterday I managed to finish my soil sifting in 5 hrs, had a piece of land around 18 x 6 foot that I needed digging over about 1 foot deep. The machine has removed all the stones which was the main problem with no effort at all!
2 yeas ago I dug over a patch around 6 x 6 foot and it took me 4.5 days by hand using one of them plastic hand held soil sifters! So I am very very grateful to you for coming up with this design, it's simple and effective, and most importantly it's not done my back in!
It works that well that I struggle to keep up with it!
I made a little modification to mine because of the size of area I was doing. Instead of having it lay over a wheel barrow, I gave mine legs. This way I could leave the machine over the site the soil needed to be, and not have to stop and move the wheel barrow every time it was full. and the rubbish coming out, slid into a wheel barrow which I could move to a differnt dumping location in the garden (new rockary)
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