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The Original Soil Sifter is a simple, lightweight device that fits on top of a standard 4-10 cu. ft. wheelbarrow (or can be used without one if you prefer, with or without 6" legs that may be special ordered) and filters out stones, roots, and other debris from soil being prepared for planting, leaving nothing but smooth topsoil that your plants will love -- especially if you mix it with compost, manure or peat moss as part of the process. The standard model is designed for a wheelbarrow measuring approximately 37" x 28". However, we now include adjustable metal brackets, so that the Sifter can be held securely on almost any size wheelbarrow. (Some larger models will have a little overlapping, but it should not effect the function.) The triangular appliques in each corner are made from shelf paper and are designed to keep filtered soil from falling through on the rounded corners of the average wheelbarrow. They may have to be replaced occasionally, especially if they get wet. The Original Sifter is only $39.95, plus $30.00 for FedEx Ground shipping and handling (continental U.S. only). You can also order it with four 6" legs. Order below, or return to our home page for more models if this isn't exactly what you want. Use the drop-down box to specify screen size. You can order most of the Soil Sifters with a coarser (1/2") or finer (1/8") screen, each for an additional $5 charge (because the odd-sized screen has to be special ordered and is not purchased at a quantity savings like the 1/4"). We do NOT recommend either the 1/2" (lets too much material through) or the 1/8" (not quite sturdy enough) for normal sifting of garden soil, but they may be perfect for other purposes. Be sure you know what you really want before ordering. Remember that the 1/4" screen is the regular size, except for the Bonsai Screen, which can be ordered with a 1/8" or 1/2" screen if preferred. For more information about how to use the Original Soil Sifter, please visit our How to Use page. To order using PayPal, please use this button (shipping is included in your cost; a refund will be issued if you order more than one item and the shipping cost is substantially lower). When you check out, include your shipping telephone number under the "special instructions to the seller" section, since the billing company does not share this information with us, and FedEx requires it for shipping:
Here's a closeup of one of the adjustable brackets, adapted from roofing brackets:
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PAINTING AND VARNISHING are unavailable due to facilities issues. However, you can certainly add a finish to yours after you receive it if you like. All Soil Sifters are made from unfinished #2 pine, galvanized hardware cloth, #6 screws and 4d/3d finish nails, with some finish sanding on the corners.
SHIPPING is by Federal Express, and usually takes only a few days, depending on where you are located. All Sifters are made to order, which can take anywhere from a day to a week, depending upon how busy I am and if I have raw materials on hand. In any case, if you order on Thursday or Friday, your order may not be shipped until the following Monday. In other words, if you need your Sifter in less than a week or so, please let me know and I'll do my best, but there are no guarantees.
SHIPPING COSTS (Federal Express) are included in the price of each item. (It is an average cost, not an exact shipping cost, and includes the cost of the box and packing material.) If you order more than one item, you may receive a shipping rebate depending upon whether or not more than one Sifter can be shipped in a single package. Larger quantities of the same item may be shipped at a greater discount. Please email us for more information before ordering. If you plan to order three Sifters of three different sizes, please take a look at our specially priced Combo Package.
Before you order, you might want to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Read a few testimonials from satisfied customers. And take a look at some before and after photos of our own experience with this tool. Plus, be sure to check out the other versions listed on the home page, many of them less expensive and in smaller sizes to fit your needs. We can even make you a custom Sifter if you have another idea. (That's where many of our newer models came from.) Be sure to email us with your needs or any questions.
If you would prefer to use PayPal, you can simply go to your PayPal account, describe the type of Sifter you want in the comments section, and send payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot accept credit cards directly, however, but you may also pay by certified check or money order. Email us first for more information.
If for some reason you prefer not to use PayPal to place an order, or are unable to do so, email us at email@example.com and tell us which products you want and where you live so we can give you a price and alternative payment method. We cannot accept credit cards directly, however, but you may also pay by certified check or money order. There is no obligation until you pay, of course!
Have any other questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not take orders over the phone or answer questions other than through email, but we'll answer as quickly as possible.
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