DIY Concrete Mixer Sand Sifter

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  1. jordanb003

    jordanb003 New Egg

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    Aloha All,
    I wanted to share something I whipped up this weekend.l with everyone.
    Basically I was tired of manually sifting sand...so I had a bright idea to modify a concrete mixer to do the work for me. I purchased a Kobalt mixer from Lowes for $299, drilled a few hundred holes (easy since the bucket isn't metal but plastic), made a new stand to replace the bulky three legged tripod, and now I have a sand sifter that is super efficient and doesn't break the back to clean the run. It takes up limited space...isn't very loud...and works effectively. I started off with 1/4" holes to see how that worked and so far so good. It's a little slow...but the pile that it produces is really clean. It sifts through wet or dry sand I just have to knock the bucket occasionally to free the holes of it's loaded with wet sand. Last photo is a before and after. Just wanted to share!
    Here's a YouTube video of the sh*t sifter

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    Last edited: Sep 18, 2016
  2. aart

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