Building Custom Machinery

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Compost Spreader

Workshop Description

The workshop will include examples of typical requests, feasibility considerations, then look at successful projects.

A variety of material, bearings, and fasteners will be discussed to demonstrate how readily available components can ease fabrication and maintenance.

Topics covered will include:

  • Building your own machinery/partnering with other farms, vs. outsourcing, how to determine best return on investment
  • How to determine quality of outside manufacturers, what machines an efficient shop would have
  • Design principles that minimize construction, downtime, parts inventory, ie; self-aligning bearings & styles, adapting existing designs, sourcing parts
  • Case Studies; 3pt hitch compost spreader, garlic clove separator, prone & supine transplanting/weeding/harvesting platforms
  • Safety and liability considerations


Machine Feeder
Compost Spreader

Speaker: Daniel Haartman

Daniel looks forward to sharing his insights from over 20 years experience building & repairing machinery and commercial food processing lines.

His organic experience ranges from forage crops, market gardening, plus a passion for the food he prepares and eats.

A licensed 433A Industrial Mechanic, his entrepreneurial and artistic spirit comes alive at Community Machinery in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Daniel Haartman