ComposTumbler®
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A Large Capacity Compost Tumbler That's Easy to Turn

  • Batch composter makes lots of high-quality compost quickly and easily
  • Elevated, so it's convenient to load and unload
  • Gear-driven drum for easy, no-slip turning
  • Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for delivery

This batch composter has the largest capacity of any we offer—a whopping 22.4 cubic feet. The drum sits 27" off the ground for easy loading and unloading. Gear-driven drum means easy, no-slip turning, even when the composter is full. Aeration vents and interior fins for mixing materials as the drum is turned produce finished compost faster. Load it up with kitchen and yard waste and tumble every few days, and you can have finished compost in about five weeks. Strong steel frame with galvanized drum.

  • Galvanized drum with strong tubular steel frame
  • 50" W x 40" L x 68" H
  • Screened air/drainage vents and internal mixing fins
  • Weighs 110 lbs. when empty
  • Assembly required; allow 3 hours with 2 people

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Compost Tumbler
 
3.5

(based on 19 reviews)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Capacity (15)
  • Easy assembly (9)
  • Attractive (7)
  • Composts quickly (6)
  • Odor free (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Leaves & brush (16)
    • Kitchen scraps (11)
    • Ecological waste disposal (10)
    • Fruit rinds (10)
    • Coffee grounds (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid gardener (13), Getting started (4)

    Reviewed by 19 customers

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not Impressed

    By Red

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Capacity

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Coffee Grounds
      • Ecological Waste Disposal
      • Fruit Rinds
      • Leaves & Brush

      Comments about Compost Tumbler:

      I've had this composter for quite a few years now and while it does make decent compost, the sheet steel used to make the drum, as well as all of the other metal parts, started rusting within 6 months. Mine is just about unusable now. I don't recommend this product - you should look for some of the new tumblers made from recycled plastics.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Satisfactory size, if you can assemble

      By Montana Gardner

      from Shelby, MT

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Capacity

      Cons

      • Assembly Instruction

      Best Uses

      • Fruit Rinds
      • Kitchen Scraps
      • Leaves & Brush

      Comments about Compost Tumbler:

      I have only had this product about a month, and being that it's winter in the mountain-west area, I can't comment at this time on the compost itself. But I go through A LOT of fruits, veggies, coffee grinds and tea quickly. This composter seems to be large enough to accomodate all of the waste, and it is very easy to turn/tumble. I would estimate that the tumbler has the capacity of an outdoor trash can, the kind old metal kind that you put out by the curb for pick up).

      On the other hand, for what it cost, I probably could have made one for about a quarter of the price (or less). And making one myself would have probably been easier than trying to follow the instruction manual (without any pictures of what the finished product is supposed to look like).

      But when the warm weather arrives, if it composts quickly, I will be satisfied with my purchase.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Good idea but not built to last

      By Katy

      from New Rochelle, NY

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Nice idea to turn compost

      Cons

      • Crank can whip back
      • Difficult to empty
      • Screws bolts rusting
      • Turning arm rusting

      Best Uses

      • Leaves & Brush

      Comments about Compost Tumbler:

      I use this for leaves, grass, kitchen waste. Takes about a year to compost (in Northeast and in the shade) - not too bad. Like the idea of turning the crank rather than getting a shovel/fork to overturn the compost. However, this never worked for my Aunt and is difficult to empty. Seems to hold moisture. Watch turning the crank, if the contents are unbalanced (and they will be) the crank will whip back at you - you could get hurt. I'm very concerned about the longevity as the nuts, bolts, screws, and most importantly the whole crank mechanism are rusting. This is a pretty pricey item to be rusting into compost itself.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      it does the job

      By tommy

      from hampton roads va.

      About Me Master Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Capacity
      • Composts Quickly
      • Easy Assembly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kitchen Scraps
        • Leaves & Brush

        Comments about Compost Tumbler:

        great for small continuous long term or can be used with"two week" composed

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Bad investment

        By Rich

        from Moncks Corner, SC

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Easy Assembly
        • Odor Free

        Cons

        • Difficult to Aerate
        • Flimsy
        • Leaks

        Best Uses

        • Coffee Grounds
        • Fruit Rinds
        • Kitchen Scraps
        • Leaves & Brush

        Comments about Compost Tumbler:

        It certainly does the job as advertised but mine rusted through in two places after the second year of use. I patched the first hole but the other has rusted at the opening and very difficult to repair. I'll stick with the plastic drum type

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worth getting used to

        By Doc

        from New Wilmington, PA

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Capacity
        • Composts Quickly

        Cons

        • Leaks

        Best Uses

        • Ecological Waste Disposal
        • Fertilizer Production
        • Leaves & Brush

        Comments about Compost Tumbler:

        I've had this tumbler for a number of years and only now, with some modifications in structure and how I use it, is it really coming into its own. We live in western PA where there's a lot of rain and the contents often got soaked from rain leaking through small gaps in the tumbler panels. Last year I caulked all the seams with clear silicone and that problem is solved. Also, I find that I have to turn it less frequently than the manual suggests to avoid having the contents (usually lawn clippings, leaves and some kitchen scraps) "ball up" into undigestible clumps. With those two fixes I now have a "compost machine". Last night the temperature was 160 degrees.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        User Friendly Practical Composter

        By Dirt therapy queen

        from Conway, AR

        About Me Master Gardener

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Capacity
        • Composts Quickly
        • Easy Assembly
        • Large capacity

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Coffee Grounds
          • Fruit Rinds
          • Kitchen Scraps
          • Leaves & Brush

          Comments about Compost Tumbler:

          With back problems and advancing age, I needed a composter that was not as labor intensive. It is the right height to add waste, easy to close, crank, and best of all place the wheelbarrow underneath and empty. The only thing it doesn't do is spread it in my garden beds.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          First Impressions

          By Ken

          from Stamford, CT

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Capacity
          • Easy Assembly

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Compost Tumbler:

              Frankly, I am disappointed. The door is supposed to snap into place via two latches and two clipper-hooks. The latches are pretty much set, and any adjustments to door closing are via the clipper hooks. My experience is that the nuts that should help tighten these hooks are virtually inaccessible when the composter drum is empty; and totally inaccesible when it is loaded. So the clipper-hooks cannot be tightened sufficiently to secure a tightly closed door.

              The first time I loaded the composter and tried to spin it, the door flew out and contents of the tumbler spilled out all over my patio. It took me more than two hours to clean up the mess. On my second try, the same thing happend. OK, lesson learned. So now I tighten the hooks after each turn, and this seems to be helping. But at this price point, this is a downer that quickly dissipates enthusiasm for composting.

              Also, the composter has not really gotten hot. The day after first loading the temperature was only 60 degrees. On the second day, it was 65 degrees, and after four days I have not really noted any heating at all, even though I added several cups of compost starter and two bags of dehydrated cow manure to the load. But April is a cool month in my area, and I am hoping that things will heat up with rising temperatures.

              One more thing. The manufacturer recommends locating this composter on level ground, which at my house can only be the patio. So my composter is in a corner of my patio, and I am already beginning to see that it will make a big mess, mainly because the door does not close, flush.

              No, from my experience so far I will not recommend this unit to a friend or foe. But I am open minded and if the compost tumbler acquits itself, I shall rush to these pages to make ammends.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Compost tumbler is nice heighth.

              By Granny Grayce

              from Newport, WA

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Capacity
              • Easy Assembly

              Cons

              • Remains to cold to use

              Best Uses

              • Ecological Waste Disposal
              • Fruit Rinds
              • Kitchen Scraps
              • Leaves & Brush

              Comments about Compost Tumbler:

              Directions were clear, composter is installed on level ground in the garden. It turns very easily, although not much in it yet as weather is still too cold for effective composting. Appreciate the booklet with different ways to build the compost.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Compost Tumbler

              By Rita the rat

              from Conn

              About Me Getting Started

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Capacity
              • Easy Assembly
              • Odor Free

              Cons

              • Difficult to Aerate

              Best Uses

              • Coffee Grounds
              • Ecological Waste Disposal
              • Fertilizer Production
              • Fruit Rinds
              • Kitchen Scraps
              • Leaves & Brush

              Comments about Compost Tumbler:

              I love the idea but my compose never got started. It never got "hot" enough to decompose the grass, leaves, and table scraps. I even bought the mix to get it started, and it never did.

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