Mushroom compost compacting system and method

  • US 8,205,379 B2
  • Filed: 12/01/2011
  • Issued: 06/26/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/12/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method for compacting mushroom compost, comprising:

  • introducing a quantity of mushroom compost onto a web that is disposed over a floor portion of a mushroom compost receptacle and traversable into a nip formed between a roller and the floor portion of the mushroom compost receptacle, wherein the roller is adapted for rotation about a shaft, a first fixture is coupled to a first end of the shaft, wherein the first fixture is adapted for height adjustment of the roller and the shaft in reference to the floor portion of the compost receptacle to create the nip between the roller and the floor portion of the compost receptacle, wherein the first fixture comprises;

    a first end coupled to the first end of the shaft,a mid-section coupled to a sleeve, wherein the sleeve is adapted to mount onto a first sidewall of the compost receptacle, anda second end adapted to mount onto a support of the compost receptacle; and

    a second fixture coupled to a second end of the shaft, wherein the second fixture is adapted for height adjustment of the roller and the shaft in reference to the floor portion of the compost receptacle, wherein the second fixture comprises;

    a first end coupled to the second end of the shaft;

    a mid-section coupled to a second sleeve, wherein the second sleeve is adapted to mount onto a second sidewall of the compost receptacle, anda second end adapted to mount onto the support of the compost receptacle;

    conveying the web and quantity of mushroom compost through the nip; and

    rotating the roller to compress the mushroom compost.

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