Compost Crank Compost Aerator
|Price:||$54.00 + $11.50 shipping|
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- Handcrafted in Tucson, Arizona, USA on machinery made from recycled parts.
- Crank clockwise into compost, then lift without turning. Corkscrew reliably aerates any compost bin.
- Highly durable, made of solid 3/8 inch stainless steel with comfortable free-spinning handles.
- 45" tall. Effective depth of 29". Easily works through vines and other troublesome ingredients.
- Lifetime Limited Warranty
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|Color||stainless steel, black, copper|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 1 x 45 inches|
|Item Weight||2 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||CC|
|Material Type||stainless steel, nylon, copper|
|Shipping Weight||3 pounds|
Shouldn't you enjoy everything in your garden? The Compost Crank® is built to last. It's an easy, highly effective, and enjoyable way to tend your compost bin. It penetrates any material like an auger. Simply grasp the free-spinning handles, and crank clockwise into your pile. Lift without turning and the corkscrew pulls compost up from the bottom to thoroughly mix and aerate. Depending on how heavy your compost is, you may need to repeat this step layer by layer because it could be too heavy to lift. Once you've loosened the material you can go deeper. The tool is long enough to reach every corner of the bin, and light so you are lifting the compost and not the tool.
From our heap to yours,
The Ambrose Family
"Compost Crank" is a registered trademark of Lotech Products.
Top customer reviews
With the crank, I insert it into the pile, rotate and pull up, and a bunch of stuff I couldn't reach with the pitchfork comes up with it.
Does what it's designed to do, reasonably priced. What's not to like?
Honestly, I don't see how it could be designed any better, and on top of that it appears to be made of high strength materials.
The only thing I noticed was I had to keep in mind the grate at the bottom of my composter that keeps burroughing animals out. If I were to go down too far this would hook through the grating. That's easy to avoid though, and wow, does this save what could be backbreaking labor and make it simple.
You literally just turn it, it drills down, then you pull straight up. It seems too simple, but it actually works, and is simple and quick. Better still, it exceeded my expectations (which almost never happens).
Highly, highly recommend. Having used this I would never be without it or consider another similar product.
The company also shipped super quickly too.
First rate experience beginning to end.
Its actual value to me is several times more then $65. It easily turns my compost piles completely getting moisture and air throughout the piles speeding up composting. The quality of the compost has also improved. The single best composting item I own. About a week after I bought it, I gave it to my brother for his birthday and bought another for myself. His birthday was that night and delivery is a few days.
There's some technique to using this. It's very easy to crank down to the bottom of a pile which is too heavy to lift. Crank down 6" and lift/turn at a time till you get to the bottom. You might have to work a bit to grind up some tougher clumps buried in the pile. Otherwise, you may try to lift more than you can and discover it's more robust than your abdominal wall. I gave myself a hernia the first day with it being stupid.
To put the cost into perspective, this is my fourth compost aerator. The previous three cost together more than the Compost Crank costs and didn't work nearly as well. My compost piles are in 90 gallon drums. The first aerator is a 4 tined spade fork for about $25. It works OK on top, but really couldn't turn the compost deep in the drums. That was followed by two Yard Butlers for about $25 each. They took a great amount of strength if the compost was damp and deep. The tines got rusty and the tine hinges got hard packed with compost fairly quickly, requiring cleaning, lubing, and adjusting. After about 2 years it was time for replacing. In contrast, this simple, ingenious design should require little or no service except possible lubrication and should last decades or longer. The "high price" is a bargain looked at this way.