ComposTumbler®

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Item# 36-662
3.5 25
$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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3.5

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Capacity (18)
  • Easy assembly (9)
  • Attractive (8)
  • Composts quickly (7)
  • Odor free (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Leaves & brush (18)
  • Kitchen scraps (13)
  • Fruit rinds (12)
  • Coffee grounds (11)
  • Ecological waste disposal (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (17), Getting started (4)

Reviewed by 25 customers

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2.0

Rust-Bucket

By Butch

from Minnesota

Comments about : ComposTumbler®:

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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Second one I have owned

By Pepper

from West of Chicago

Verified Buyer

Comments about : ComposTumbler®:

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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Going On 7 Years Now

By Cornpuff

from Western PA

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Capacity
  • Composts Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about : ComposTumbler®:

    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.

    (8 of 9 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.

    (5 of 5 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.

        (2 of 2 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.

          (14 of 16 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 9 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

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