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 handles.
- 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
"Compost Crank" is a registered trademark of Lotech Products.
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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.
No other tool I have ever used has worked to stir compost bins with the ease and efficiency of this one. It has made turning my two compost bins easy, quick and even enjoyable 2 or more times a week.
Place it in your bin, easily crank in one direction to reach the bottom of the pile and pull upwards. It's that simple! You can turn a bin's contents in a minute with a few twists and pulls. If you get anything caught on the tool, just rest it on the top of the pile and twist the tool in the opposite direction.
This tool works so well that, even in Phoenix's 110F summer heat, I routinely witnessed steam coming from the middle of the compost pile/bin. This has continued in the the autumn months.
The tool has held up very well and I've encountered absolutely no problems with it. It seems quite sturdy and durable.
To top it off, this gem is handcrafted by a family in Tucson, Arizona, on machinery made from recycled parts. Even the shipping container and tape are compostable.
If you're going to get a compost aerator, spend the money and get this one. You will not be disappointed!
After the snow melted, I uncovered it and started to turn with a pitchfork, and holy-moly was it compacted and in poor shape, with barely above air temperature warmth. My shoulders ached pretty bad after working it, but some contractors who were probably hired to clean up the back yard had dumped some stuff in here that probably wasn't going to compost very well or quickly, so I extracted all that.
Throughout the year, I managed to get the compost pile back to a working state, but turning it due to the huge amount of matter (about 4x4x3 feet) was always quite a chore. I gave some thought to a rototiller to just get it moving around again and various other options, but ultimately I just defaulted back to the good old pitchfork, until I found this guy online.
After I used it ONCE (it arrived today) I was totally hooked. It made the whole process a snap and even pulled up some stringy/woody roots that weren't about to break down without a little more intervention. I literally did it once after it arrived, then turned it again right now to introduce some water and some new scrap, and I could honestly not be happier with how fast this has made the whole process.
Now I can save my husband's help for when it's time to till the garden...
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