Lean Flow and Process Improvement

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Lean Flow and Process Improvement Machine Design for the Planting Line Have you ever thought of your plant production PLANT PRODUCTION like this? Plant production in nurseries closely resembles a traditional manufacturing line.  These manufacturing lines have had a lot of scrutiny applied to them over the years.  Some bright folks have developed some great tools to help optimize production processes.  If you’d like to learn more about these tools, head over to our sister site www.thefactorymachine.com to learn more.  I bet you’ll find some bit of info on how you can make some improvements to your operation. We use […]

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4 Nursery Machines built specially for nursery container growers

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4 Nursery Machines built specially for nursery container growers Here are 4 examples and some info to learn a little bit about the different nursery machines that are built specifically for nursery growers: Potting Machines Potting machines have been for a very long time and have provided numerous growers with efficiency improvements.  They come in many sizes to fit the needs of any size grower.  The primary purpose of this nursery machine is to fill containers with soil for growing plants.  They typically have a hopper to hold material and a means to dispense the material over the top of […]

What is a Rice Hull Blower?

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Frequently Asked Questions about Rice Hull mulch and Topdressing What is rice hull mulch? Rice hull mulch is the application of rice hulls to the top of a growing media or soil.  The purpose is to prevent the germination and growth of weeds. By providing a depth of around 1.25”, weed seed that lands on the container or ground are unable to retain the moisture and proper environmental conditions to grow.  This prevents the growth of weeds. What is rice hull material? Rice hull or husk material is the case or chaff of the rice.  It is a byproduct of […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about Small Nursery Potting Machines

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FAQ about small nursery potting machines What is a potting machine? A potting machine is a piece of equipment that facilitates filling containers with growing media for plants.  The machines typically lift material up above the container and then let it waterfall down over a container.  Unused soil is recycled back into the machine. What type of electricity does a potting machine need? The bigger the machine the more electricity infrastructure is required.  Large multi yard nursery potting machines often require a great deal of power.  Commonly this is 3 phase 208V. In the US there are a handful of […]

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Pros and Cons of Field Application of Rice Hulls

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Pros and Cons of Field Application of Rice Hulls Here are a few things to consider when analyzing your options for rice hull application: With the field application, you do need to use 50lb bales so the operator can load the machine in the field. If an operator is not careful rice hull blowing can be messy and spread beyond the containers. You are able to allow small liners to grow larger and establish themselves into the new containers before covering with rice hulls. If applying rice hulls on a potting line, you risk jostling the plants when moving the […]

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Who is STILT.PRO anyway?

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Who is STILT.PRO anyway? TL;DR STILT.PRO is on a quest for product ideas and collaboration. How it all started I started STILT.PRO while I was working for John Deere. Many evenings and weekends were spent at the R.A. Dudley’s nursery where I had a small office in the back of one of their shops. I could see the operation and learn about how everything worked. It was an invaluable opportunity. It showed me the pain points and operational needs around a wholesale nursery. I was immersed in the business and could see where there were needs for mechanization and equipment […]

Potting Machine and Rice Hull Topper

The “TOPSHOT”

Posted Posted in Product, Rice Hull Blower, skunkworx

The “TOPSHOT” Check out our new universal rice hull topper or potting machine.  This unit lets you integrate rice hull or other material onto your potting or canning line.  Purchase this complete system to easily utilize 30 cubic-foot bales of rice hull or machine load up to 2 cubic yards of soil for potting. The machine holds 2 Cubic Yards of material. semi-automatic potting machine or Rice Hull Topper Easily operated in tandem with the rest of the line – No operator! Excess material cycled back through – No waste! Large Bales and Large Capacity – 30CF Rice Hull Bales […]

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Green Profit – Trending Now – June 2021

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Green Profit – Trending Now – June 2021 Skip the hand mixing and upgrade your potting bench to the Ground Grinder Mini.  An integrated 1/2-yard, all-in-one compact small batch soil mixer and potting machine.  Load and fill from the front.  It features an integrated soil return hopper to recycle material back into the machine.  Made in the USA. https://www.ballpublishing.com

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Put your potting bench in hyper speed

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Soil Mixer | The Ground Grinder mini Speed up your soil mixing For those growers on the smaller side looking to make life a little easier, STILT.PRO recently introduced the GROUND GRINDER mini – a  semi-automatic, bale breaker, soil mixer and flat/pot filler designed with the small grower and garden center in mind. Load your DIY potting mix in the front through the integrated soil return grate and automatically return unused potting mix.  This soil mixing machine will provide an effortless job and a clean workspace. Change WHO can do the job of filling pots and flats.  Normally, you would […]