Spin Bin 60 Gallon Compost Tumbler
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- The spin bin composter allows for easy composting simply add your kitchen scraps, leaves and grass clippings and being composting with ease
- Molded in the usa and includes a dual breaking bar to speed the composting process
- Simple composting instructions embossed in the lid
- 20 ventilation and drainage slots the most of any composter
- Holds up to 60-gallon (9.3 cubic feet) of composting material
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Made of 100-percent recycled plastic, and molded in the USA, the dark plastic color absorbs the suns heat which in turn helps heat up the materials in side, speeding up the composting process. Inside the compost bin, the walls are ribbed providing added strength and superior mixing action. The dual mixing bar greatly increases the mixing action allowing the compost to aerate with each turn. With 20 ventilation slots, the compost inside the bin will always have enough oxygen to keep it well aerated, and when standing upright, the slots allow compost tea to drain out easily into the soil. A single hole on each of the four panels of the bin make an easy-to-use port for a compost thermometer. This makes it easy to get a quick, mess-free temperature reading on the compost inside without even opening the bin. The tumbling action of the bin keeps the contents inside mixed well, creating compost in almost half the time as a stationary compost bin. The bin holds up to 60 gallons (or about 9.3 cubic feet), and the sturdy, powder coated steel legs hold the bin securely off the ground. Along with being off the ground, the twist-locking lids on either end keep animal pests out and away from the compost. The sturdy stand keeps the bin off the ground and allows for easy rotation. With compost instructions embossed on the inside of each lid, you can always have a quick reference for what items can and cannot be composted. Spin Bin Specifications: • Recycled plastic • Holds up to 60 gallons (9.3 cu ft.) • 1-Inch thick powder coated steel legs Spin Bin Features: • 20 ventilation/drainage slots • 4 compost thermometer ports • Dual locking lids • Sturdy, powder coated legs • Easy assembly only needs a Phillips screwdriver • Wide mouth for easy access to contents inside • Compost instructions embossed in each lid • Available in black
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there are 4 quarter panels that come together, but it’s pretty
straightforward to build.
This is my 4th or 5th compost bin over the past 10 years. I have 3 in my back yard right now
including the Spin Bin.The ones that tumble end over end can be harder to tumble over when
they are full, but they also tend to hold more material than the
horizontal ones, and I prefer the bigger capacity. My technique is to
get it swinging back and forth and then use the momentum to make it
tumble if it’s super full with heavy kitchen scraps. With grass and
leaves only it doesn’t get that heavy, so it isn’t necessary.
Most of the other ones in this price range have a much lower capacity
because they are smaller. The difference between 50 and 60 gallons
doesn’t sound like that much, but it’s actually 20 percent less.
Black color is nice because it heats up the contents well in the sun.
Lids on both sides are convenient when you want to add more stuff from
With tumblers you can batch compost where you fill up the entire bin
with the right mix of carbon and nitrogen rich materials (greens and
browns) and then wait for the whole batch to finish. But that’s a lot
of work and planning, so I don’t usually do it that way.
The other way is to continuously add material to it and let everything
break down over a longer period of time. Toward the end, you’ll have
mostly finished compost with a few things you still recognize. You
just screen that stuff out, or stop adding materials and wait a few
more weeks until it breaks down too. If you add too many greens
(nitrogen rich materials) it will get all goopy and can smell. So add
browns if that happens, like dried leaves or dried out brown grass
If you just have a bunch of dry leaves in there, nothing will happen.
So add more nitrogen rich greens like coffee grounds, vegetable scraps
from the kitchen and fresh grass clippings.
Just keep adding more greens or more browns if you get off track, and
eventually you’ll have finished compost.
I chose this particular product because of the size, made in USA and the description of "...step-by-step instructions for quick, easy assembly." I opened the box and found dozens of small black nuts and bolts strewn all over the bottom. Quick, easy assembly? No. I picked up as many as I could by hand then used a magnet to fetch the rest and used a magnetic tray to keep everything together.
I began assembly of the shells. I'm very handy and work quickly but lining up the holes and putting everything together properly is neither quick, nor easy. Once you have the two halves assembled they need to be nut and bolted to each other with the spindle in the middle. At first I tried using golf tees to line up the holes and eventually settled on vise grip style clamps. The holes do not line up as they should and I dare anyone with an honest opinion to say this is "quick and easy assembly".
Further, the stand is flimsy and the poles that you insert don't lock. So when you build this unit in your garage and walk around back to put it in the garden the poles drop and clang along the way. After reassembling the poles and placing the unit where I wanted I filled with material - dried leaves and dead plants from this seasons growing....so it was not heavy. The poles appear to be strained and are crooked. I suppose it will work as intended but that remains to be seen. I don't think this will be a long lasting unit - or I may have to fabricate a stand when these poles give out.
I buy many things on Amazon and usually either satisfied or very satisfied. This is the first time I can remember buying something where the description was deceptive. I took the time to write this because whoever is considering buying this item should know the truth. Amazon should revise this description and say "There are 84 nuts and 84 bolts that are necessary to assemble this item. (the count is a guess) You will need a socket and a screw driver and probably 30 to 45 minutes for the average person to assemble...." You could go on from there about the the poles.
Finally the natural question is why didn't I return it? I had already prepped the garden to do it this weekend. The item arrived Friday night and wanted to get this done. I didn't want to the hassle of repacking and going to UPS and then having to find another unit and waiting until next weekend to finish my project. My advice is to avoid this particular unit. Hopefully Amazon will revise the description.
Like some other reviewers, I worried about the strength of the legs but all in all, it's okay when it's put together and in place.
My biggest complaint is the lids. About a month in, the bottom lid gave way and fell out, spilling rotting fruit and veg everywhere. Urgh.
These lids are just not secure. I've used gorilla glue tape to tape on one lid, and have to leave one unsecured in order to open and close it. When I spin, I have to make sure the taped one is on the bottom when I stop.
I would just get rid of it if I hadn't spent so much on it. Essentially, I feel like I paid $170 for a glorified trash can.