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So Far So Good....
on April 17, 2012
I was cautious about this product. I read some bad reviews and wasn't too sure about it. I bought one and was very pleased with the quality. I have one major issue. The base does not have rollers. They expect you to pull a pin out of the base, open it up and roll the ball out. Yeah right.... the pin is small and difficult to see in the grass so I felt very let down by this. I even tried to find the base on the company's website. I found it but could not locate ANY place to buy it. When I ordered the product it said "standard base" that seems mis-leading to me. there is nothing in that to tell me there are no rollers. I thought the fact the the item was a giant compost "Death Star" meant to be turned to help aerate the stuff inside, that a standard base would allow rolling. So please be aware of that when ordering the item.
I expected the item to be roto-molded (like a little tikes toy) but was not. These are injection molded plastic. Way thinner than I imagined, but I understand the need now. There is a ton of backside detail on the parts that could never be there without that method of creation. At the equator of the ball, there are two different kinds of panels. One that have tabs and one that have slots. I wasn't looking very carefully and did half and half. It still allowed me to join the halves, but I realized that the vertical seams need to be staggered. The reason is that the aeration tubes hit each other if you don't stagger the seams. Not the end of the world, but if you read this you may be able to avoid the problem. The whole thing is held together with speed clips. (similar to the ones that hold the wheel wells in on a modern vehicle) so I built this thing needing only one screwdriver.
The item is very strong and my son is obsessed with keeping it fed now. We even roll it to the area of the yard where we pick up the grass clippings. He loves that. So the ball is a big hit, but the non-rolling base is unacceptable. I gave it four stars because of the crappy base.