The Amazing Garden Soil Sieve / Soil Sifter

So you’ve got really rough soil what can
you do about it well in today’s episode we are going to build a rotary soil
sieve now. I built one of these a few years ago but over the years the
frame has rotted away and today we’re going to rebuild that soil sieve we’re
going to take a look how it works and we’re gonna see it in action
and that’s coming right up after this welcome to another episode of UK Here We Grow if it’s your first time here consider hitting that subscribe button
and the Bell notification to be informed when we put up new videos so soil sieve’s
what are they what can they do well soil Sieve can be in all sorts of
things it can be a basic screen mesh on it on a frame it can be a purchased one
from a store but these are typically quite hard and can imagine doing the
whole bed that this size could take quite a lot of work and give you some
sore shoulders so a few years ago I built a rotary soil sieve that works
from an electric motor so it’s motorised and all you’re literally got
to do is shovel in the soil and good clean soil falls at the bottom and all
the rubbish comes up the end of it so as you can see here guys
I’ve got some 2×2 Timbers and this is what we’re gonna build a carcass the
frame out I also have the drum that was built from before now this drum is quite
easy to make I’ve got an old video here it is an old video and quality isn’t the
best but this video will show you the basics of building this drum I don’t
need to build another one so there’s no point me doing that just for this video
but you can see the basics from up there we got a little motor that we need to
operate and this is geared down to slow the drum down and we’ll explain more
about that later on but for now let’s get on with building this trommel’s
frame and we’re gonna do that by starting to cut some up right posts and
we’re literally gonna build just a square box that we can set the drum in
and support the drum well guys it’s been a bit of a day but
it’s built there’s a couple of little bits we need to change on it like we
need to round over these handles here but I will take you through it all in a
moment but first let’s have a look at it working so a couple that couple of seconds guys this is all
a crap it took out of that soil and that’s no good to anybody it’s all stone now
this doesn’t stop all the stone coming through but it what it does do it allows
anything smaller than 13 mil to drop back through so you still get drainage but it
takes out all of this crap that you don’t need and that was just a few shovel fulls
it really does speed it up and move the barrow now to show you and this is the soil
comes out there guys nice soft crumbly soil but if you notice there’s still
small stones in it so it allows the drainage but some organic matter in there
now once it’s all dug and that will do wonders so I’m going to take you through this
system alright guys so as you can see we’ve got the drum don’t forget that
video will be up in the cards above we’ve got a base which is just four posts
and a couple of cross beams and these wheels actually support the drum from
you know from falling so that’s what makes the drum go round in circles this
drum is then connected by a V belt to the middle wheel and that comes up to a
pulley system now this is a ten to two pulley so we’ve got a two inch pulley on
a 10 inch pulley there well that does it gears down the motor so that this big
drum the time you take this circumference of the drum into
consideration it’s about 30 revolutions a minute
and that’s ideally what you’re looking for 25 to 30 revs a minutes okay we’ve
put a board on this side obviously attach the handle here but the board is
there to stop the soil just being tossed everywhere as you can see I’ve just
buried one of my mother hosta’s and we’ll have to try and salvage that
but that soil is lovely as we come around the back we’ve got a shorter
board here and this shorter board will allow you to get underneath with a spade
to shovel it out if you need to or you could put a big bucket under there to
catch it or whatever and the wheelbarrow will take all of the rubbish away come
in up to the motor to here this is just a temporary platform that we used on the
old one I haven’t bothered changing it yet the Motor is mounted to that with a shaft
into a couple of bearings and that’s all that is but we will fix this motor up
so on the back is open and we’ve got a couple of pneumatic wheels as you saw I
was putting on and that allows us to lift it and wheel it around like a
wheelbarrow so because otherwise trying to move this would be heavy and hard
work for one person but as it stands it’s much much easier so if I plug it in
now I’ll give you a close-up on it so moving is very easy you just pick it
up just like a wheelbarrow and literally just move it around move it to your next
stage off you go again well folks I hope you really enjoyed this episode of how
to build a soil sifter or a soil sieve now like I said I built one of these
about five years ago and it did a ton of work and as you can see we’ve sifted or
sieved loads of soil already so in a couple of minutes it is it does make
this job very very easy and the soil in there afterwards once it’s had some
organic matter put into it will be absolutely fantastic so if you’re having
really bad ground like my parents had there and then you can build one of
these a couple of hours in an afternoon and you’re a way to go and you’ll always
have it now the reason the soil was so bad there was it came from a farm and it was
supposed to have been top grade topsoil and it was absolutely rubbish you’ve seen
the amount of crap that’s just come out of it so well so build one of these
soil sieve’s guys they are really worth the effort so got a question for you guys
how many of you could do with one of these put your answers down in the
comment section below don’t forget to give this video a thumbs up and share it
with all your friends I will be seeing you in the next video bye-bye guys

70 thoughts on “The Amazing Garden Soil Sieve / Soil Sifter

  1. Folks Hope you enjoy this video, Took a lot to film and edit while building the Soil Sieve. Please subscribe while you're here and if you enjoyed it give me a thumbs up and share, If you didn't give a thumbs down that's fine too.

  2. I got sick of small hand held sieves so I cut out the bottom of an old wheelbarrow and replaced with welded mesh. Works an absolute treat but still back break rocking back n forth. I’m definitely considering building one of these!!! Good work πŸ‘πŸ»

  3. Great idea i could have used this just lately, i have sieved all the gravel at the bottom of the garden and got 7 wheel barrows of soil out of it, One change you may want to make is put your plywood boards on the inside the frame and it will stop the soil landing and laying on the bottom frame board.

  4. Could do with one of those for my veg plot, it has no power so would need to run off the cars battery or cig lighter tho.
    Was going to do it by hand this year, but the bad back ain't up to it.
    Do you not get people local asking if they can hire it?
    I'd happily pay to hire if someone local had one.

  5. Surprised you didn't use treated timber for longevity. The extra price is still worth paying. Looks excellent. I was going to build one because of stones on my plot but power is an issue. Plus now I am No Dig convert…..πŸ‘

  6. Tony you're a genius. What a great idea, you make it look so easy. At the moment, unfortunately, I don't have the use for a sifter like this but if I did I would absolutely love something like this to help me in the garden.


  7. Great device for sifting as I have tried the other smaller hand sifters and as you say it takes lots of work to even start getting enough for garden.


  8. I remember the old one you made ,brilliant piece of kit and quite a simple design. Great video,I can see you took a lof time editing it..I woudn't be surprised if people are asking you to make them one Tony. What do you do with the waste from it?

  9. I do need one, but I made (half way through ) a larger version using blue water containers, top and bottom off, hole-sawed over most surface area, the first with 1 inch holes, then another barrel left plain, and the third barrel with 2 inch holes. This 3 barrel tube is bolted together. I am yet to make the frame but I think I will only need to use some 4" poles spiked in the ground and some wheels, so not permanent, then a motor. This will separate my shale from my rocks and my rocks from my boulders!

  10. Tony your filming game is so high at the moment I'm really enjoying your videos more than usual (not that I haven't before haha) can't wait to see all the harvesting videos as the season goes on. We had our first picking of beans today, can't wait to have some mash thick streaky bacon and fresh beans and a slab of butter πŸ˜‚

  11. Great video, Tony! Can't wait to start on this project! I've been hand-sifting my homemade compost for years. I aim for 150-200 gallons of finished compost every season and this will be a massive time (and back!) saver.

  12. Fabulous machine. I remember watching you use it in your polytunnel a couple of years back. You're quite the engineer, Tony. What chance a downloadable Sketchup file?

  13. Great clip Tony, Yes your right I could use one of them for my new allotment I wish I had your skill, so I got a small sieve that I use HaHa Rome was not built in a day. Andy.

  14. what a fantastic machine Tony !! i'm in desperate need of one off these, i looked into buying one but they cost Β£299.99 for the mantis one and i haven't the money. maybe next year

  15. Brill! A question: could it be adapted to keep lumpier clay soil inside, until it has rattled itself small enough to fall out, a bit like a jewellery tumbler? I am looking for an alternative to the rotivator/cultivator, which I am physically unable to use, but the soil needs breaking up somehow!

  16. Yeah man, I'm loving that invention – works so well and the soil stays in for a decent amount of time which means you don't get any good soil ending up in the barrow.

  17. Great video Tony. I remember your old one and the amount of work it done. This is the best sifter I have seen anyone build. I've recently got behind the real science of making good compost. I built a 3 bay compost area the first 2 bays are for building up the pile and then turning it between the 2 several times before it is sifted into the last bay which after a period of maturing coir, seaweed, rock dust and vermiculite or perlite is added. (tip here as vermiculite is expensive, Jewson and other builders merchants sell micafill for stove flue insulation. 100 ltr bag for 30 quid. its exactly the same stuff). I was always a bit dubious of the claims people made about making good compost in 6-8 weeks but it's really possible. A compost thermometer is key for when to turn it. around every 7-10 days in my case. turn it 4 times then it's done. It's like compost from the shop. my only problem is I'm still sifting it by hand with a standard round sieve. I did have a plan to build a much larger sieve on wheels in a frame which would help but the whole point of my plot is using all the best proven modern techniques and ruthless efficiency. so no weeding, no watering. everything automated but done extremely cheaply. This would be perfect to put over my final compost bay and save me a huge amount of work. I don't have mains power on my plot so I'd have to do it with a battery drill or dc motor but the rest the same. Thanks for the ideas!

  18. Hello Tony, you inspired me whem you did your first video and hopefully I will have mine ready to sieve my two year old leaf mould in the fall. That should last another 5 years.

    🌱Happy Gardening my friend, Terry.

  19. Good device and a good tune too Tony…

    Just needs an automatic shovel to load it too… LOL.

    Cheers pal

  20. I have been thinking about a 2 x 2 frame; glad I came across yours. I will put my sheet of plywood on the inside of the frame so I don't have to clean the dirt off the lower cross member. Also, for the ends, I will use a locking gate hinge on each end of the lower and upper 2 x 2s so I can disassemble for easier storage; large lot, but minimal storage space. Great job; they work like a charm. Because my frame will be less sturdy, I will use pieces of 2 x 2 at a 45 degree angle to strengthen the side frames. Likely it will be mounted on saw horses; I really like your setup with wheels, but lack of space means set up and take down each time. I live in Oregon and the whole front yard needs sifting. Great job, great visuals helped tremendously. Thanks!

  21. WOW. I need this. I'm using the front part of a old fan to filter the crap from my soil.

    This is wicked.

    btw. Isn't it better to use treated wood? So it doesn't rot??

    Is the cylindrical thing placed at an angle so the crap falls out?

    Where did you buy the parts from?

  22. I could do one no prob…probably faster than you just did…just need to ask my dad to help me (and by help me, I mean that he plans it all out, and I perform the menial tasks)

  23. G'Day from Aus. I was thinking that it might be better to have it set up so that you could place a wheel barrow underneath to catch the soil, It would mean, that you could then move the soil to any part of your garden. Just a thought.

  24. I like your device. I use 3 different sized sieves (horizontally) ( 1", 1/2" and 1/4"). To move them about, I attached bicycle wheels.
    Thank you for an interesting video … Your device might be my spring time project. Again, thanks.

  25. Built one of these almost 10 years ago, still works great, new drive belt, re-screened,Β and replaced a few casters, but no problems otherwise.Β  It is called a "Trommel", mine uses a washing machine motor and bicycle rims with 1/2" x 1/2" wire screen. Have even loaned it out to a few neighbors, they couldn't believe was a Labor Saver it is.

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  28. Hi tony me again we need to build one of these is there a parts list anywhere, had a look on your website but can't find anything the page you directed to from this vid doesn't exist anymore

  29. Theres absolutely NO reason to take rocks of of your garden. They are just minerals. Does nature take the rocks out of the soil?

  30. Stop using an angle grinder to cut strapping. A good pair of snips will do the job faster, cheaper, quieter, and safer. Hand tools are almost always a better choice over power tools.

    You are spinning way too fast. That's why so much is falling back out, causing double duty. Also, put the plywood on the inside, then there won't be anywhere for soil buildup.

  31. Hey Tony, The pulley wheel you have, are there two separate wheels for reducing the 10 inch to 2 inch or are they two separate units which you've bolted on?

    Thanks πŸ™‚

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