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Lifetime 60058 Compost Tumbler, Black, 80-Gallon
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- High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Plastic, Powder-Coated steel
- Tumbler capacity: 80 gallon, 10.72 cubic feet
- Double walled panels to absorb and retain the heat that decomposes the material
- Internal bar mixes the compost and allows the flow of oxygen
- Tumbler easy turns on its axis for balanced rotation
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Assembly was pretty darn simple, although my 15-year-old daughter had to help briefly with two of the steps. I already owned an electric drill and an assortment of Philips head bits, so the assembly was quick, painless, and fun. In fact I loved the way the thing was designed and how well it went together.
Not following any one set of directions, I mowed up bunches of dry leaves, dead weeds, musty piles of grass, wood chips, and kitchen scraps with my rotary lawnmower, and dumped the contents of the catcher into the composter. It had enough room for many such loads. Then I added, ultimately, 12 gallons of water along with 1/2 cup urea.
The freezing temps at night have been no deterrent to microbial action. Every morning when I open the lid to monitor the progress, clouds of vapor rise off the warm mass. I'm extremely pleased with several things: 1) how easy it is to mix the contents, 2) how much material it can hold, 3) how well it retains moisture, 4) how well it provides oxygen to support aerobic decomposition, 5) how sturdy it is, and 6) how much value I got for my money. We will certainly buy a second tumbler, and perhaps a third. (The back yard is large and home to more than 60 trees.)
I would assume these parts are at least galvanized but maybe not.
A little hard to turn when full but still easier then turning the old way with a fork. Loaded with half finished compost from my old bin and turned out my first batch already and I love how easy it was to put in the wheelbarrow.
Update, Sept 2013: Worked great for 2 years now having problems with the tumbler filling up with water between panels. Wont get hot so it doesn't make compost anymore, even tried compost activator. Not sure how to fix this problem.
This composter, as many have found, is a very large composter, at a price much less than other way more expensive models. The poly outer structure satisfies a problem I had with a few other units with galvanized or steel outer bin walls. It does help having a second set of hands when assembling. However, with diligence, one person can assemble the unit. I look forward to the rewards of this unit.
I also have a large, 12' wide X 16' deep X 6' tall compost bin, a drive-in unit, that I use to process leaves, scrap mulch, etc. Anyone considering composting in a bed-type configuration similar to this, consider using a large quantity of Nightcrawlers to help in the composting. Nightcrawlers will not work very well in the Lifetime unit, as worms do not generally do well in environments of excessive heat. Just a thought for those that may be thinking of adding worms to your Lifetime unit, with the thought that worms will speed up the process. Don't get me wrong, worms greatly speed the decomposition process, but just not as suitable in a tumbler type composter.
Hope this helps the newbies out there. I thank those before me that provided me the feedback to make a sound decision.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This thing was a beast to put together!!!! Comes in MANY pieces and holes don't line up. I like the size of it (large), it is working great,seems to be well made. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
When this product arrived was surprised that we had to assemble every single piece of it. For the price of this product I would have liked at least the hinges put together before... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Illyssa
Easy to use. Still waiting for compost to form. A little tedious to assemble.Published 14 days ago by Mark
As someone who just assembled this, the highest I could ever rate this product is 3 stars. The vast majority of the assembly is aligning small black plastic tabs behind your screw... Read morePublished 15 days ago by AlexM
I bought this composter about a year ago. It's the best one I've ever owned. Unfortunately a bear got hold of it and broke the door and the door latch I called to see if I could... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
We are really enjoying this compost bin. I get so excited about saving scraps & being able to make compost in our tiny yard in the suburbs. Read morePublished 26 days ago by AEH