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.
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The composter works well, but requires a proper blend of compost. If leaves only, or grass only, the material balls up and requires hand break-up (lots of time involved). However, the worst problem is rust-through. The drum's sheet metal rusts through, the door rusts through, the long all-thread-type bolts that hold the drums together rust through. For organic matter to compost, it needs a certain percentage of water content. The water content of the compost, and any rain (if the composter is not under-roof) causes rust-through in only a few years of use, and the unit falls apart. I am told replacement parts are available, but they are expensive, and once repaired, the composter faces the same eventual rust-through, again.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Second one I have owned
from West of Chicago
Had my first compos tumbler over 13 years before a couple areas rusted away. That one worked well and I expect this one will do the same. All produce scraps go into this and really cuts down on the garbage hauled to the curb. Use the compos in my gardens. Helps all around.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Going On 7 Years Now
from Western PA
About Me Avid Gardener
I've had mine for about 7 years now, and I'm honestly just getting the hang of it. It works fine if you use it properly and care for it. I spray WD oil on the metal, and keep the gears lubed, too. Spring and fall. My doors have not rusted, but the hinges can get rusty if you don't maintain them. As for creating compost, I try not to let it get too full, because then it's harder to turn. If I turn it every day, it composts faster. Honest. You can have compost in a couple weeks, depending on what you put in it. If you put fresh cut grass in, the grass will heat up nicely, and really accelerate the process. But too much fresh cut grass will make the mix soggy. I've taken to letting the grass dry a day or two, then adding it. We put all of our kitchen stuff in: fruit, veggies, coffee, etc. I put some of my weeds in from gardening. That's about it. The trick is to balance the dry with the fresh to get it just perfect. The compost comes out as a different type of mix than a compost pile. It is not like soil; instead, it is like shredded mulch. Once you put it out on the garden, it continues to dry and break down.After 7 years, I now mix dry and fresh grass about 50/50, all the kitchen waste I can produce; and any small weeding stuff. I do not put in newspaper (coffee filters, yes!), peat, leaves, sticks, etc. I like to keep the mix alive with some fresh stuff that heats up. I do not use accelerators, or sold products. I keep it organic. I spread the finished product first on my blueberries. If any is left, it goes on the flower beds, then on the square foot garden. During winter, we make a pile of scraps in a screened container, then in the spring, start working it into the compost tumbler. This product will treat you well if you treat it well. It will make great mulch, but you have to be a dedicated mulch maker, and use your noggin. I've researched competitive tumblers; this one is the best. I'm 64, and fairly active, but I don't want to work hard. This is the one.
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Mine is in the shade. I use it for square foot gardening.
(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Rust then bust
from Greenville, CA
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.
Great tumbler but wears out over time
from boulder colorado
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.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
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.
(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
from Raleigh, NC
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.
Merchant response: We're so sorry that you were disappointed with your ComposTumbler®. You didn't provide your e-mail address, so we can't contact you, but we hope you'll call our friendly customer service staff at 1-800-876-5520 so we can make this right for you.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Satisfactory size, if you can assemble
By Montana Gardner
from Shelby, MT
About Me Getting Started
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.
Good idea but not built to last
from New Rochelle, NY
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)
it does the job
from hampton roads va.
About Me Master Gardener
great for small continuous long term or can be used with"two week" composed
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