Compost Crank Compost Aerator
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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 glass filled nylon handles, and stainless steel washers.
- 45" tall. Effective depth of 29". Easily works through vines and other troublesome ingredients.
- Lifetime Limited Warranty. Note: Please notify seller if you require a specific shipping carrier. See shipping policies for details.
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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
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The Compost Crank is simple, well-designed tool. It is very sturdy, corkscrews easily down to the bottom of my compost, and makes it easy to quickly turn my compost to thoroughly aerate it and avoid anaerobic bacterial putrefaction. It doesn't harm the larvae, which I appreciate, since their vermicomposting really increases my microbial density and quickly breaks down larger chunks of watermelon rind, vegetable peels, fallen avocados from my tree, and food waste. I would imagine that any injury to worms would be equally minimal.
The unit bores down is like a corkscrew and pulls up about 2 quarts of matter per pull, so I can quickly move across the entire surface of the compost to thoroughly mix in any surface food scraps, new garden waste, or added brown compost. When I am finished, any residual compost on the corkscrew easily wipes off or rinses off with a hose. I appreciate that it is stainless steel, so I don't have to worry about rust. The handle is a sturdy plastic that easily slides around for smooth rotation.
I cut up long items like hay, branches, tough stems, or even celery stalks before adding them to my compost. If you have a large compost pile with a lot of long, strong fibers in it, you probably aren't composting in a barrel and would probably be better off with a pitchfork and a strong back and shoulders. For turning compost in compact spaces, this is an amazing tool that was worth the price that I paid for it. It is not a problem reverse hand positions to use the Compost Crank, although clockwise is always to bore down and counterclockwise to unscrew, which is done at the end, to release anything attached to the bottom helix. It has never gotten stuck in my compost, but if it did, reversing the motion quickly releases it.
The motion to use is straightforward and there is no secret knack or subtle motion to learn; it works well and drills straight down to the bottom, grasping about an 8" diameter loose plug of compost, which you pull up to the surface before drilling down again. The strength required is minimal—the ability to lift 5-8 pounds from your waist to shoulder height—and you don't use your lower back to lift up and you don't need to push it down to screw it down into the compost, so unless you have debilitated elbows, the motion is comfortable and easy. I would compare the level of exertion to what is required to sweep a floor.
If you are going to compost material that is not a brush pile, this is a great tool. The only way you wouldn't use this tool would be if you couldn't be bothered to take the time to go outside and aerate your compost pile. But if you hate jogging, you can't fault your running shoes. If you want to compost, this is a useful tool that makes turning it easy.
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?
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.
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.