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Re: [Shop-talk] Trash compactor uses

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Trash compactor uses
From: Jimmie Mayfield <>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 11:43:23 -0500
On Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 04:05:12PM -0600, RandE wrote:
> I'm replacing an old trash compactor.  It still seems to work but the wife
> says it doesn't match the rest of the kitchen.  It was here when we bought
> the house and we've made some updates so it has to go.  If I move it out the
> shop, any ideas what it could be used for?

If it compresses tightly enough, maybe it could be modified to make firelogs 
using wax and sawdust.

How is the compactor constructed?  Does it use a screw drive (likely) or 
some sort of hydraulic press?  If hydraulic, you could use the cylinder and
pump for all sorts of things.  A small log splitter or shop press comes to 

If it's a screw drive, you could always extract the motor for use around
the shop.  I'm guessing it's probably around 1/2 HP?  If it has built-in
gear reduction, maybe mount a sharpening wheel (like you'd get at
and sharpen your tools.  If no gear reduction, maybe a stand-alone grinder
or buffer, drum sander, exhaust fan...

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