|Cycle||The composting cycle may be completed over a period of 6 to 18 months using a loader.||The composting cycle can be completed over a period of 8-10 weeks with an Aeromaster compost turner.|
|Design||Loader is designed for lifting, moving and dumping.||Compost turner is designed for composting, thus mixing, blending,
aerating, and watering.
|Aeration||Aeration is difficult to achieve, even with slow dumping, due to material hanging together while dropping to the ground. A fast dump prevents O2/CO2 exchange.||With Aeromaster turner, oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange is achieved through all feedstocks in an even and consistent manner throughout the windrow.|
|Blending||Feedstocks cannot be thoroughly blended and mixed with other feedstocks with a loader; this limits the interaction of carbon & nitrogen atoms.||With compost turner, feedstocks are evenly blended and mixed with other feedstocks, maximizing interaction of carbon & nitrogen atoms.|
|Watering||Water is typically applied to the outside of a windrow, therefore moisturization is unequal and an optimum microbial environment is only achieved in portions of a row.||Water is applied to each particle as the feedstocks are tossed above the compost turner’s drum; therefore moisturization is equal throughout the row, providing an optimal microbial environment.|
|Movement||Feedstocks may be in the same portion of a row week after week.||With a compost turner, outside feedstocks are turned to the inside, while inside materials moved to the outside.|
|Inoculants||Loader has no capability to disburse inoculant evenly throughout a row is available.||With an Aeromaster compost turner you can add proven beneficial microbes evenly throughout the row.|
|Frequency||With loader, turning is infrequent due to the length of time required to turn.||Compost turner can be used frequently, because turning can be achieved in only 25 percent of loader time.|
|Cycle||The composting cycle is completed over a period of 6 to 18 months using
|The composting cycle can be completed over a period of 8-10 weeks with an Aeromaster turner.|
|Space||Space required is maximized due to the slow process. Piles are frequently built high (contributing to anaerobic conditions) because of space limitations.||Space required is minimized because materials can be removed, marketed,
and applied to the soil.
|Uniformity||Because all areas of a row are not treated uniformly, a homogenous blend
with consistent quality is difficult to achieve.
|Because all of a row is treated uniformly, even breakdown and buildup into humus is achieved.|