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Tumbling Composter

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  • ASIN: B004ZG45P6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,422 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product appears very sturdy, good materials.
VT Pet Doc
Having two compartments will be very useful and the size looks perfect for my household composting.
Ryan T Smith
It had to be easy to turn over which is why we looked at this tumbling composter.
A. Gundry

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222 of 223 people found the following review helpful By E. Hansen on April 19, 2012
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For the price, I really don't think you can go wrong. Composting isn't magic. A black bin in the sun will break down vegetable matter, I have no doubt this will work.

Assembly is somewhat lengthy, since you start on one side, and work your way around putting seven screws in each section, which is a lot of screws. The first couple panels are a balancing act making everything align.

If you follow the pictures as drawn, it goes together fine. They even threw in a few extra screws and nuts, so I didn't have to run to the hardware store for more (which i've had to do so many times with kits).

Shipping was quite fast.

The good points
-This might be the least expensive (or most correctly priced) tumbling composter out there (why do these things cost so much? They're injection molded plastic.)
-Quality is good. All the parts fit snug without gaps, misaligned holes, or flash/burrs which effect fitments.
-The poles for the base are sturdy
-The plastic is thick enough it should stand up to time in the direct sun
-All you need is a screwdriver and a wrench or pliers (for the nylon lock nuts in the base)

The negative points (or things which make it cost less)
-It would be great if it had a catch pan for compost drippings
-The mounting of the horizontal pole to the base is just one screw through both sections. It would be nice to see it slot into something welded on for more stability
-I think a pole between both long sides of the base, to keep it from spreading with weight, would be a good addition. I may run a tension wire if the base spreads.
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138 of 140 people found the following review helpful By littlecaesar on February 7, 2012
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Really like tumbler. Worked great and I use it everyday for my scraps. Now that it is full I can not move it. Wish I would have thought of that before placing. All the screws, and there are a lot of them, have rusted but still holding. Really hope they do not break off. Non rusting screws would be better since this item is out in the weather.
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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful By C. Wood on April 6, 2012
I am really new to composting though my husband used to do it many years back. He was not at all happy about using a tumbler as he has always used a 3 box layout side by side and turning it manually. Well as we have gotten older he didn't want to compost because he didn't want to have to do the turning over anymore. Fair enough, so after reading a lot of reviews and doing some research I went and purchased this model without him knowing. We (both) couldn't be happier. We don't add the grass clippings from our property because it just wouldn't fit (large rural property) but it is big enough for all our other garden scraps and left over food scraps. I've been turning it every couple of days for the past 6 weeks and it's looking good. Will have to wait a little longer as we only just stopped adding things within the last week and started filling the second container. It is SO easy to use, we love this tumbler.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By L. Spence on September 22, 2012
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This composter is perfect. It was a bit fiddly/tedious putting it together and there were about 10 screws missing but we picked some up from Lowe's. My husband spent about 2 hours assembling it for me. He sprayed some DW-40 on the screws first since some reviewers had mentioned they rusted. The composter has two compartments inside it even though it doesn't look separate from the outside. For those who commented that the sliding door had to be cut as it interfered with moving the tumbler round, this is part of the design. The instruction booklet explains that when emptying the composter the sliding door will be facing the floor for the compost to fall out onto a tarp placed underneath it. The door is supposed to catch between the legs when emptying the finished compost to prevent the drum from rolling back. In the normal process of spinning it, the door does not interfere with movement as it remains shut. There was a short learning curve as I found the correct balance between green and brown materials to avoid a dreadful smell. I also found it is best to place it where it can sit in the sunshine even if the day is cool - this raises the temperature and helps the materials to break down. I have included lint from the dryer, shredded paper, as well as kitchen scraps and the first batch is nearly done after about four weeks. Our yard is quite shaded and our open compost pile took 18 months to start to produce useable material. This has greatly sped up the process and I think it is very well worth the price paid and the time spent to assemble it.

9/26/2012 update: some potentially helpful info re. the screws - I didn't realize until my husband pointed it out to me: the screws are self-tightening.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A. J. CR on June 17, 2012
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After doing a lot of research about composting styles, products and reviews, I ultimately asked for this Tumbling Composter for my birthday. I almost went with the Envirocycle, but three things put me off: 1) it was twice as expensive as this one, 2) the base, which collects the "compost juice" for making compost tea, floods when it rains, and 3) I didn't want to have to get TWO of them so that I could always be adding to one, and letting the other cure.

This Tumbling Composter solves that last problem altogether, as it has two spacious sides. Add all of your non-meat/dairy/oil kitchen scraps and yard waste to one side until it's full (rotating every other day or so) or until you're ready to let it sit, and then switch to the other side. By tumbling you provide the necessary mixing and oxygen to both sides at once, saving time and energy.

It's true, there is no "drip pan" to use with this composter, but it would be simple enough to improvise one if it was really desired. I don't find that I'm losing much out the bottom, though. Additionally, you can just as easily make "compost tea" by using a handful of the compost and letting it sit in water for awhile (do an online search for more specific directions).

Putting it together looked like a nightmare, from the directions. But my husband - who did it for me while I was at work as part of my birthday gift - said it was actually quite easy, especially following the online tutorial available through their website.

I have had no problems with anything getting into the composter, including water when it rains (aside from flying bugs, but that's to be expected with any compost bin), and tumbling it is extremely easy.
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