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Tumbleweed 200003 58-Gallon Rotating Compost Bin, Green (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 58 gallon capacity for your leaves, grass and kitchen waste
  • Steel frame design is easy to assemble stand.
  • Stainless steel central rod will not rust and helps aerate each time it tumbles
  • Dual locking lids have 4 vents to help provide needed oxygen to your compost
  • Finished compost as quickly as 21 days
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The Tumbleweed compost tumbler has a neat, compact design makes it an ideal compost bin for any level composter with any amount of garden space. By giving the Tumbleweed a spin every few days, it's easy to create fresh compost. The 100% UV protected, recycled plastic is a dark green color. When the sun hits the dark compost bin, it heats up the contents inside, speeding up the breakdown process. A stainless steel bar going through the compost bin breaks up any larger clumps that might form, further helping the breakdown process. The galvanized steel leg base makes this composting unit extremely sturdy, no matter how heavy the compost inside gets. These legs won't rust, so the composter will last many years out in the elements. With dual-end twist lock lids, it's easy to add or remove material no matter which end is up. The locking lids also prevent any small animal pests from getting into the bin. The lids are also vented, keeping the compost aerated while allowing any compost tea to drain out into the soil under the bin. The Tumbleweed compost tumbler holds up to 58 gallons of materials while continuously breaking down kitchen scraps, yard debris and other compostable materials into rich, organic compost that plants will love.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 23 x 25 inches ; 25 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 26.1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B0001LEMRK
  • Item model number: 200003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,632 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Lori Reeser on January 17, 2009
We have just gotten our second one. This is a great product because we can just push to tumble instead of using a shovel or rake or special compost turner. Since we both have back problems that just didn't work.

It works real well even in the shade. We have ours on the north side of our house (in CA) so it takes longer than four weeks, but it still works. It does get fruit flies and other insects and worms, but we haven't had problems with rodents or raccoons, which do live in the area. If you don't put meat or fat in it, it doesn't smell like food, it smells like dirt, so mammals aren't attracted.

However once you get it filled you do need to let it sit and compost without adding anything else (it helps to keep turning). Then you need to find a place to store the compost and to move it, which was too strenuous for us. So our solution was to buy two, one for storage, one for putting new stuff in. The second one doesn't take up a lot of extra space because they both use the same space to rotate.

So start with one, then when you find out how easy it works you'll want the other one.

We ordered ours through Planet Natural and it came quickly and in good shape. It's real easy to put together (but you do need 2 people) and not that heavy when empty (about 30 pounds).
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Helen L. Smits on May 15, 2008
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This compost tumbler really works--compost is cooking fast, smells great and the tumbler is a lot tidier than our old open compost heap. The one drawback is that I have a lot of trouble turning it over (I'm 5'7" with pretty good upper body strength); it's easy for my 6'3" husband; we both think that I'm just a little short to get the leverage I need. Smaller and/or weaker gardeners may prefer a composter that's easier to rotate.
But we'd buy this one again in a flash.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By maverick on February 27, 2009
I have used this device for one season. Over all, if you don't have a lot of space, I think is a good product.

This does what it says it will do. But I agree with the other posts, that if you are adding little by little (which most of us do, otherwise we all would have a large 3 bin compost heap in our back yard) it takes a lot longer than 3 weeks to compost.

Has been sturdy and has lasted through a winter without cracking. Does get heavy and difficult to turn if material is wet inside (after a rain vents in top let water in) and if it freezes no use in turning because the material stays put in the bottom of the barrel. I have started covering the top vents with larger bucket to prevent water getting in from snow or rain as the material can really get waterlogged which can cause composting problems. Additionally, for cold weather areas, the lid has frozen in place a couple times when it gets subfreezing but is not a big deal.

One other issue I have found, particularly if you compost grass clippings, is with the turning motion creates balls of partially composted grass and these seem not to compost all the way through. So you have to break them apart with a weeding fork or by hand.

I am proud to say, however, I have made a new raised bed in the back yard and have filled it with about half compost and half topsoil and it looks great and was much cheaper to fill. We will see how the vegetables taste.

Over all I would buy this again, I think it has advantages over the non tumbling designs and is fairly well priced for a tumbling composter.
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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Timothy on October 22, 2008
I originally ordered this product from the Tumbleweed company (in Dallas) and I will say that I did not have a good experience overall in terms of shipping. After almost three weeks of the initial order I discovered that the composter had already made a whole trip back to Dallas before it got to me again. According to a representative at Tumbleweed, UPS had lost the package and because of that it was returned to the sender. She re-sent it via FedEx and I received it within 3 days as promised. FYI...

Now, about the actual product...the construction is amazing! Its a simple design (i'm a 28 year old man, by the way) but it will take you a little time. There are roughly 18 srews and non-slip nuts that you must use around the circumference of the barrel. This is to attach both ends to make it whole. Only tools you will need is a cross tip screw driver, space on your floor, and maybe pliers. Outside of that step, the rest was easy. I was very impressed with its size. I mean, its not yet full but once done I realized that the inside is huge! My wife was even impressed with its size and design and she's not even into this kind of stuff.

I decided to purchase this to complement my red worm bin. There are seven people in my household and we produce lots of garbage. Between the worms and this bin, I feel this is enough space for our output. The bin is made of a very thick and sturdy shell which does a superb job of absorbing and retaining heat. We live in Florida and we just had a cool (high of 80 deg) front for an entire week. While that's not the hottest it gets here, even after the sun had set on evenings the inside of the bin was very warm.

There is not much in the bin now, but the tumbling action is so simple my 6 year old son could muscle it.
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