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ComposTumbler 01001 Original 22-Cubic-Foot Galvanized Metal Compost Bin (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Hot composter for faster decomposition of materials
  • Turning the drum is easy because of it's gear driven, so it won't slip
  • Drum of the composter holds 180 gallons of material
  • Sits 27 inches off the ground, so it won't leak into the ground or be bothered by animals
  • Aerator/drainage units on the doors of the chambers, along with the screened ends allow a constant flow of air

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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 113 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 110 pounds
  • ASIN: B000H2TAPM
  • Item model number: 01001
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,611 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


Product Description

The Original ComposTumbler was developed as a hot composter for faster decomposition of materials. The aerator/drainage units on the doors of the chamber, along with the screened end caps allow a constant flow of air, so your compost won't stink! Turning the drum is easy because of it's gear driven, so it won't slip. The drum of the composter holds 18 bushels, or about 180 gallons of material and sits 27 inches off the ground, so it won't leak into the ground or be bothered by animals. Assembly required. Composter measures 68 inches high x 50 inches wide x 40 inches deep. 5 year manufacturer warranty.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The Metal sheets are rusted and the door fixes are broken.
M. Imeny
I sent pictures of both units to the manufacture and they sent me a replacement part list.
Compost John
ComposTumbler claims to have a quality guarantee but they have not proved it.
K. Kurtz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By John Michener on August 20, 2008
I have had one of these for 11 years now. I am about to have to take it apart and replace the door and door frame, as it is finally rusting out. It probably can turn a mixture of grass clippings, manure, and sawdust to compost in 2 weeks if you feed all the stuff through a shredder to break them up and mix them and the outside temperature is high. In practice I feed it grass clippings, mulched garden waste and leaves (with the mower), sawdust, and kitchen compost on a continuous basis. During peak growing season I probably get 2 months before it is full to overflowing with mostly composted material. I then empty 4 to 5 wheelbarrows of material into a stationary composter, where I let it age until the next growing season. The material from the tumbler is well mixed. Turning it is relatively easy as long as there is not too much snow and ice on it, which jams the gears. We are happy with it, but you have to have realistic expectations. If you are going to feed it cedar and brush trimmings, it is going to take much longer.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Compost John on February 9, 2010
I would give the compost tumbler original 5 stars if it wasn't for it rusting out. I have two of these and they both rusted out. I was able to pop rivet some sheet metal over the large holes to get one unit working again. I sent pictures of both units to the manufacture and they sent me a replacement part list. To fix each unit the parts would cost more than buying new ones. It is upsetting after spending so much money that the manufacture does not stand behind there products. Do not expect compost in 2 weeks like their ads say. After 2 weeks the compost will reach its maximum temperature and cool back down (the included compost thermometer makes this easy to monitor) but to have good looking compost you need to wait about another month for it to cure. Clamping pressure treated wood to the legs stops it from sinking into the lawn due to the weight of a full composter. I also found that drilling a hole in the side makes checking the temperature much easier because you don't have to pull the door off .The tumbler rotates better (and will not be lopsided) if you initially pack it to the max. Room for mixing will come as the volume reduces in a day or two. I collect all my fall leaves in a huge pile and over the next summer I mix them in the composter with bagged grass clippings. If your wheel barrow will fit underneath then emptying it will be easy. If some one says this doesn't work then they are either new to composting or didn't read the instruction.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. K. Fung on June 22, 2010
This is a neat machine that can put lawn clips to good use if you can find enough saw dust to go with them.
But the galvanized iron door panels rust very easily. You will be extremely lucky if it lasts for 4 years. That is only 40 loads of compost at most. If you include the labor cost of loading and unloading the compost batches, not to say the long hours in assembling the machine, each load (about 6 cu ft at most) could easily cost you $20.
Don't count on returning it after 30-days trial because you will not be able to disassemble the panels and put them back in the original boxes. The shipping cost could easily be at least $50.
I have gone through at least 3 compost tumblers in the past 10 years. I will not buy another one until they make the panels out of durable plastics.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Quiza on October 15, 2008
Wanting to do something for the landfill AND ourselves, my husband and I ordered this composter. It DID take us a couple of hours to assemble (with breaks - it was still hot, here in Scottsdale, AZ!), but it came together beautifully, and over the next 2 days we loaded it up. Wow! The thing works like a champ! We had a bin for a few years, and a pile for a couple of years before that, but neither was good for us, as we're LAZY, and didn't take the time necessary for all that pitchforking. So, it would basically just turn dry and brown - and feed whatever roots were located directly under where the pile was. Not anymore! The composter is easy to turn, keeps things moist, and we are almost ready with our first batch in the advertised 2 weeks. We highly recommend this product.

The only caveat - this model is HUGE! And it needs to be at least 2/3 full to make compost as quickly as 2 weeks. We have a very large yard, so it wasn't a problem for us... but, if you have a normal sized yard I would check out a smaller model.

Happy composting!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Kurtz on January 11, 2009
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I bought this for my wife for Christmas. When I started to assemble the tumbler, (There is a LOT of assembly, btw.) I noticed that the insides of the main panels were not sufficiently painted. I e-mailed the manufacturer and seller - more than once - but never got a response. Boooo! This tumbler also requires that the door be removed completely when adding material. Well, the door is fabricated and shipped flat and when combined with poorly engineered "hinges/hooks" makes for clumsy and difficult use. ComposTumbler claims to have a quality guarantee but they have not proved it. This is not a good value for the money. Also, it also appears like their website might be down. Could they be out of business?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike on July 30, 2010
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We ordered the ComposTumbler and are generally pleased with it.
We've produced one batch of compost so far. However, when it arrived, the box was so badly broken open we were afraid pieces would be missing. Luckly, none were. So we suggest better packaging in the future. Finally, the advertizing for this product suggested that it was fairly easy to construct. This is not the case. I am a former mechanic and I feel the construction is challenging and the average person would struggle to put it together. I would suggest better instructions.
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