ComposTumbler®

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Item# 36-662
3.5 22
$495.00

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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.

Product Details

  • 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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3.4

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Capacity (17)
  • Easy assembly (9)
  • Attractive (7)
  • Composts quickly (6)
  • Odor free (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Leaves & brush (17)
  • Kitchen scraps (12)
  • Fruit rinds (11)
  • Coffee grounds (10)
  • Ecological waste disposal (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (16), Getting started (4)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Rust then bust

By Amy

from Greenville, CA

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Comments about : ComposTumbler®:

I've had the tumbler for years, and this spring it rusted out, split at the panel seam and I couldn't rotate it to empty because of the extreme bulge. I called the 800 number and they told me there was nothing they could do, they've never had anyone else with this problem and that I could order new parts for close to $300! I'm extremely disappointed.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great tumbler but wears out over time

By tech

from boulder colorado

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Capacity

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about : ComposTumbler®:

      We have used this tumbler for years. unfortunately first the door rusted through and I had to order replacement parts for that and door hardware. now the may portion of the cylinder is rusting and will soon require replacement. I love the large capacity and the tumbler does reduce the odor and provides plenty of compost tea for the garden. However it is time they made the parts out of recycled plastic that has UV resistance. This should extend the life of the product for many years. Until they do the redesign I may have to go for the smaller plastic units.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Compost Timbler

      By PPNW

      from Seattle,WA

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Capacity

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about : ComposTumbler®:

        We have 2 of these composters within our family members so we are all happy and believers of this product. It is a easy to use product, a little challenging to assemble but not to bad you should need a second set of hands for 10-15 mins of the final assembly process.
        It is a quality built product with great instructions and packing of assembly components.

        (11 of 12 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 : ComposTumbler®:

          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.

          (4 of 5 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 : ComposTumbler®:

          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.

          (8 of 8 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 : ComposTumbler®:

          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 4 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 : ComposTumbler®:

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

            (13 of 13 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 : ComposTumbler®:

            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

            (5 of 6 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 : ComposTumbler®:

            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.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            User Friendly Practical Composter

            By Dirt therapy queen

            from Conway, AR

            About Me Master Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about : ComposTumbler®:

              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.

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