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Suncast TCB6800 6.5 Cubic Foot Tumbling Composter

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  • Tumbling function makes compost in 3 - 4 weeks vs 1 yr in a stationary composter
  • Galvanized sturdy steel frame (1-inch diameter tube)
  • Component construction easily assembled and smaller merchandising cube
  • Latching dual lids allow easy fill and empty
  • Durable resin construction
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Product Details

Package Quantity: 1
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 20 x 26 inches ; 20 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 34 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B002Z8DX1S
  • Item model number: TCB6800
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,453 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

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Tumbling Composter


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Customer Reviews

It took a while to put together but was not difficult.
B. Hurley
The middle pipe was perhaps too short, or the barrel a bit warped as I couldn't get both sides of the pipe bolted onto the frame -- just one.
Jumper
If you don't mind wasting your time and money, buy this product.
Peggy Rothman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By semi-green in the suburbs on July 5, 2010
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To agree with both previous reviewers--the assembly of this compost tumbler was absolutely ridiculous. The nuts and bolts to fasten the two halves together were bad. The "lock" for keeping it closed, a piece of plastic that I am fairly sure won't last a year, was practically impossible. In fact, one of those locks has come off today and I can't get it back in. I'm not bad at this assembly stuff, but this particular piece is particularly stupid.
It also fell apart within a year. I do NOT recommend.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A. Fondale on November 11, 2011
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My husband purchased this at the local hardware store because he had seen me drooling over tumbling composters for years. I had my reservations about such a light colored (vs. black) composter in our cool, temperate climate (Seattle, WA), but figured a little compost starter/maker would kick start the decomposition. I didn't have to worry about assembly since my husband put it together, but he mentioned he had concerns about the mechanism that locked the tumbler in place. I mixed a nice, not too heavy batch of equal parts food scraps, green waste, and brown waste; then tossed in the compost starter. We moistened and tumbled religiously for several weeks, but nothing appeared to be breaking down. Eventually it got a spin once or twice a week when I checked the moisture levels. In the mean time, the same blend in my boring Cascade Composter was halfway complete with only two aeration turns. Fall arrived, we winterized the yard, and the tumbler sat untouched through the winter. Come spring I spread my compost from the traditional Cascade Composter on the garden and tried to revive the tumbler with more "starter" and regular turning - (10 months after it was first loaded!!!) At the one year point I had given this composter tons of attention and very little decomposition had occured. The only thing I had to show for it was a broken lock mechanism, loosening bolts, and clods of half decomposed matter.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By oscargirl on June 29, 2010
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I purchased this a few months ago at a local home improvement center (a little cheaper than here). I left it in the box until yesterday and figured about 30 minutes max to put together (wrong). It took me the better part of two hours to assemble the unit. As another reviewer noted, the screws and bolts for the drum assembly are a real pain- I did it myself (middle aged female), but I recommend more tools than what is stated on the instructions. Use a small pliers to hold the bolt steady as you tighten each of the screws; once I got a few going like that it was easier than trying to hold a wrench (recommended in instructions). You also need to ensure that all the parts are there. Some are taped inside other parts so you may think something is missing when it is there. That also wasted some time. Nevertheless, once assembled the unit looks sturdy and functions well. I would not use the turn lever to rotate the drum- only use it to unlock the drum. It seems much easier on the unit to just rotate it like a ball once it is unlocked. Will report back on how well it composts after a few months.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jumper on September 17, 2010
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I've got to get my 2 cents worth while I remember this. I just purchased this from a store (for about seventy bucks).

I didn't have a problem with assembly until bolting the barrel onto the frame. The middle pipe was perhaps too short, or the barrel a bit warped as I couldn't get both sides of the pipe bolted onto the frame -- just one. There was not enough pipe sticking out the other end. My husband squeezed the barrel (think big bear hug) until I could get enough pipe exposed to stick a bolt into it and attach to the frame. Fine. Problem solved.

Putting the plastic "closed" pieces on were beyond me until I removed the lid. Once the lid was removed, I could see what they wanted me to do and it was easy.

Now, to actually USE this is going to be a drag. Taking the lid on and off every time is more effort than I expected. If you add compost every other day or so, it's going to be a pain. And I don't think my 7 year old will be able to open and close it by himself...so another task delegated to 'mom'.

UPDATE - March 2011:
I hate it. I can't use it in the winter as the lid freezes shut. So, I just had to dump our compost in a pile (like I had prior to buying this). My main purpose for this purchase was my compost pile was attracting unwanted animals, most notably a skunk. I'm hoping when it thaws, I'll be able to figure out a way to use thing again. Maybe I can jimmy rig the lid so it opens easy enough for kids to help compost. If not, I'll go back to just dumping compost in a pile and light more candles when Mr. Skunk comes around.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Ashia on November 4, 2010
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Yes, assembling this thing is a hassle. Be armed with an extended-length ratchet set, an hour or two of free time and perhaps a set of helper hands. But assembly time is finite, and my rating is based on how I use it, not how difficult I found to assemble it. I assembled it in the living room while watching a movie. Not that bad.

It looks fairly delicate but has held up well - the locking tabs are a hassle sometimes - you have to hold them down as you rotate the cap to close it, but they seem sturdy enough to me. I have the thing filled to the brim with wet leaves and scraps and the legs and doors are holding together with no problems - it's easily holding over 80 pounds. I'm planning to order another one so I can fill one while the other composts. I'm very happy with this product.

As with all composters, it's unlikely you'll be able to use it without getting a little bit of ick on you - this one gets surprisingly little on me - water leaks out the bottom and it's easy to avoid touching wet parts as you turn it. You're most likely to get a splash of compost juice on you right after a rain when removing the cap(while rotating it to disengage). I would most certainly not keep this inside - water drips out the bottom like a sieve. But it is great to keep over ground that needs fertilization - let the juice go someplace useful.

Update: After a year, including a winter outside, the cap becomes almost impossible to remove due to warping. When the barrel gets more than 1/4 full after warping and rusting over a year, it also becomes impossible to rotate because of the weight. I only got one good summer out of this, and after following instructions, it wasn't enough to turn my waste into compost, just half-rotted material.
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