Q. Will they help if I have medical
A. Most certainly. Users report that the
Shake'n Fork has allowed them to keep their beloved horses far longer.
The Shake'n fork reduces repetitive stress pain. It dramatically
helps reduce back issues, arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis and other
painful agitation related stress in elbows, hips and other joints.
Q. It seems so expensive, I'm hesitant to
A. Horses owners try to provide the best for our
horses care, food, supplements, tack, shoeing etc, sometimes we need to
also take care of ourselves. So often people wear out their joints
to save a dollars worth of shavings. The potential for long term
physical damage is real, why make stable cleaning harder then it needs
to be? You can spend less time cleaning and still have spotless
stalls, while also saving money on shavings and walking fewer trips to
the manure pile.
Compared to a manual fork a powered fork does cost more. However,
only the Shake'n Fork saves you money every time you use it. Users
figure they save up to $1.00 per stall, per day, in time and bedding.
If you have 4 or more horses, powered cleaning will pay for itself in a
little over a month. No other fork offers any return on the
investment! By comparison a larger stall unit can cost 10X as much
and by that measure ours are relatively inexpensive.
Q. How long do they last?
A. This goes to the reason they cost more than a
manual fork. The high quality components of the Shake'n Fork are
designed to last for years of cleaning, in fact some users have had them
for over 5 years and they are still going strong.
Q. Are the batteries rechargeable? How
does it operate?
A. The Shake'n Fork has rechargeable
batteries and can clean from 20 to 40 stalls (*1500mAh batteries) on a
charge, depending how many horses you have and how deeply you bed. There
is a small variable speed trigger that you depress to activate the
"shaking" of the basket. It does not vibrate, rather it mimics the
motion that you would do, only it does it without any manual shaking on
your part. Usually a short burst is all it takes to clean.
Q. Is it heavier than a regular fork ?
A. Not much. Of course with a motor and
batteries it is going to have some additional weight, but careful
attention to components and balance has made its weight an issue that we
rarely hear about. Our lightest version, (Carbon Fiber) weighs
less than some of the manual forks that are out there! Since you
aren't trying to manually shake the fork, and spend far less time
cleaning, the effort you spend generally is significantly less.
Q. Does it work in the cold?
A. Of Course! We make a non-powered
(Flex'n Fork) version that is used in the worst possible conditions,
hacking frozen manure and pee spots in sub-zero outdoor weather. Inside
stalls are rarely that extreme, and since the Shake'n Forks share many
of the same components of the Flex'n forks, they are built to stand up
Q. Do you ship overseas?
A. Yes, but some countries have restrictions that
prevent shipping. Contact us for your specific needs.
Q. Do you make a smaller cat version?
A. We did make one some years
ago, but need a marketing partner to build it inexpensively enough to
make it a viable option.
SHAKES, SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO !
Reach for the fork that saves time and trouble
You can save time and steps with a self cleaning fork. At our
Ranch research facility we have 12 to 16 horses to pick up after, several times a day.
Experience has shown us that by using the motorized Shake'n Fork we spend HALF the time per stall that we
did with a conventional fork. Just as important, we found our shavings
use also dropped by about half, requiring far fewer trips to the
store to purchase more. Additionally, the resulting manure pile was
much smaller and the quality of the compost far improved. More efficient
cleaning means fewer trips with the wheelbarrow and less wear and tear to your body
as well. We were surprised at the physical aches and pains that seemed
to disappear once we used this fork. The resulting cleaner stalls made for healthier, happier
horses, and more time to spend enjoying them too!
It is hard to imagine life without electric tools.
From hair clippers to electric drills and vacuum cleaners, there is a motorized version
available. Given a choice, don't we always choose the efficiency of
electricity? Just think of clipping your horse with scissors... Of
course a good set of electric clippers costs 10 times what scissors do, but the
benefits more than make up for the price. There are currently
vibrating stall cleaners, but they cost thousands of dollars more and require rolling them into the
stall like a wheelbarrow, and then emptying an additional muck bucket.
They may also require that the horse be removed from the stall to clean.
In contrast, the motorized Shake'n Fork is made for any size facility, even with
only one horse. The fork head basket is slightly larger than
conventional forks. This larger basket allows
for fewer trips to the manure cart. The Flex'n Fork is constructed with modern materials
and weighs only 1.5 pounds! Of course the motorized version weighs
more, but the weight is carefully distributed so it does not feel heavy
on the basket end. Even with batteries and motor, the Shake'n Fork
CF weighs LESS than a Wonderfork(tm). With the Shake'n fork there is no manual sifting and with special care
as to balance and feel, it
certainly works easier than any big basket fork. The push button
switch is positioned on the bottom of a comfortable ergonomic grip, eliminating wrist fatigue
too! It has rechargeable batteries, so no
extension cords are needed. It is quieter than a pair of clippers,
and since horses are
not bothered by its sound they can stay in the stall while cleaning
primer on picking and shaking
after horses is hard work. One or two horses can be maintained
pretty easily, but by time you have three or more, you are going
to be dedicating some serious effort to cleaning. Some
folks use a manure fork
(pickers), while others use a shovel and a rake
(scoopers). The Shake'n Fork powered manure fork is for barn stall cleaning where the
bedding shavings need to be separated from the manure. When
cleaning stalls bedded with shavings, the common technique was
to pick up the combination of shavings and manure and then by
manually bouncing the fork, attempt to separate the manure balls
and shavings. Cleaning a stall takes many repetitive
actions, especially towards the end, where there were many
shavings and only a few bits of manure remaining. Cleaning
stalls in this fashion was especially frustrating because the
road apples, being round, tended to roll out of the fork,
requiring another scoop to collect it all. To make our job
easier we tried many different products, from bigger forks to
stall bedding sifters. In the end, none of them could beat
the light weight and simplicity of using a multi tined shavings
fork. We chose to improve on this system, resulting in the
development of the patented, motorized Berto Shake'n Fork.
the other hand, there are times where manure must be collected, such as
turnouts or pastures, but it is not mixed with shavings and does
not need to be agitated. This is what the Flex'n Fork was
you think you have lived long enough that you have seen it all,
they come up with something new."
Horse expo visitor
The difficulty of
Since cleaning manure was such a difficult chore for us, imagine the
total effort it must take for the entire industry to pick clean yup
after the horses in their care. This is what we found.
the USA there are 1 to 2 million horses
that are stabled in stalls where shavings or sawdust are used as bedding. A
horse produces approximately 30 pounds of manure each day. Each
pile of horse manure consists of 35 to 50 manure "balls" that get mixed up
with the bedding. Nationwide, the picking up of over 1.4
BILLION manure balls a day is a time
intensive endeavor. In addition to the labor involved, the volume of
the manure is another factor to consider. The quantity of manure
produced per horse per day is
about 1 cubic foot. If the bedding is not carefully separated from
the manure, however, it results in a volume of over three times as
much! Disposing of a combination of shavings and manure
can also be difficult. An entire industry has formed around
composting to reduce volume, with companies making special bins
to help. In some areas it is a requirement for manure to
be completely hauled away in dumpsters. Since cleaning horse stalls is
expensive in time and labor, most facilities try to find a balance
between sifting and the volume of manure to dispose of. Since disposal
often based on quantity,
"boutique" bagged shavings are now produced that are smaller or
pelletized and therefore easier to sift. Pellets,
rice hull bedding or smaller
shavings are an excellent alternative for reducing volume, but to get the best results
considerable time is still spent manually agitating the fork. From an
environmental perspective, the manure itself is an excellent soil
shavings, however, are not and will literally
make the manure inert, rather than
a healthy compost. Therefore, it is of great benefit to horse owners and
the environment that the manure is separated from the bedding. The
Berto Shake'n Fork is the answer to more efficient manure
The choice of customers
The feedback from customers has affirmed the effectiveness of these new
stall cleaning tools. Their enthusiastic approval of both the
Flex'n Fork and powered Shake'n Fork shows that whichever model you use,
both are the forks of choice over any basic fork on the market. To
remove even the smallest particles, our close-tine version is the best
choice. When it comes to cleaning stalls bedded with shavings, sawdust
or pellets, nothing does the job better or faster than a Shake'n Fork.
When used outside, our Flex'n Fork amazes users with its durability.
I love owning and working with horses, especially my Andalusian
stallion, Conquest. You can read my thoughts on horsemanship
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