Lifetime 80-Gallon Compost Tumbler, Black
|MSRP : $149.88|
Sale : $137.64
|Sold & shipped by Walmart|
- Product Description
- Additional Information
- Black, double-wall panels absorb and retain heat
- Extra large, removable lid
- Ingenious tumbler design
- Turns on axis for easy and balanced rotation
- Spring-loaded pin to lock rotation during filling
- Internal aeration bar mixes compost and allows air flow
- Aesthetically pleasing appearance; no more messy compost heaps
- Compost material is enclosed and helps keep pests out
- Convenient loading height
- Sturdy 1.25 in. diameter steel tubing frame
- Internal aeration system
- How to compost guide included
- All hardware included
- Easy assembly
- Dimensions: 40 in. L x 35.5 in. W x 43 in. H
Assembled in 1.5 hours... sturdy and looks good
I just assembled my 80 Gallon Compost Tumbler, and it appears to be everything I was hoping for. It's sturdy, it's good-looking, and it's big. In regards to the two most common negative reviews... -- Assembly -- It took me about 1.5 hours to assemble this bad boy by myself, and that's because my power driver ran out of juice half way through. I used the assembly trick of fitting all the pieces together, strapping (bungee cords) them together, and then drilling all of the holes to ensure they line up. Also, be sure to mark what sides match up for ease of assembly, later. It was a bit of a challenge to assemble by myself. If you have little assembly/mechanical experience, it will take you longer, but not much. -- Rusting latches -- Well, I obviously can't comment on this since I just assembled it, but I am taking precautions by applying Rust-Oleum to all of the exterior metal hardware. I will update this review as I use the tumbler some more. Check out my customer images showing how to strap the pieces together.
It has great capacity at 80 gallons, I wouldn't like a smaller version. The fact that its waist height is a must have I think for ease of loading, especially the heavy spinning and then tipping the heavy contents out. It gets nice and hot and reduces the contents in size quickly, I've filled ours up to the top, 2 days later its half full, fill it back up and repeat about 4 times - leaves and grass clippings - and an amazing amount kitchen scraps that you never realized you produced. Oh plus chicken poop out of the coop. Be sure to sit this thing out in the full sun and when you open the lid the contents are steamy hot. I'm only just over a week in to getting this and love it, if you order one, expect about a 2hr easy but solid assembly. Already we're close to having the first batch - couple of more weeks maybe. I'm excited and fully expect with the doses of chic poop to get enough supercharged dirt for our pretty big yard and veggie garden. Hope this review helps. Peace.
Great large rotating tumbler
This tumbler replaces a wooden compost box I had made years ago that stood on legs and was three feet on a side, so 27 cubic feet (1 cubic yard) -- large but we never had it full -- and without a top, so lots of water from rain and plenty of air. Difficult to turn, since you had to empty it out (removable front slats) and then load everything back in. After 8 years, it was falling apart. This very large rotating compost tumbler is its replacement. It came in a large box but was well packed. Instructions were easy to follow, but check pages ahead to make sure you have all tools you'll need. Have a large space to construct this in -- I worked outside. Instructions were easy to follow. There was only one point where I needed help: tightening screws so far back in the inside that my arms couldn't reach all the way around the outside to hold it while I tightened it from the inside. That was for about six screws, maybe twelve. Other than that, this was a one-person job. When finished, it was quite light and I was able to carry it from my front to my back yard. The legs easily support the tumbler. I loaded it up with my old compost, which was quite a lot and very heavy. The tumbler is still standing -- it did not collapse under that weight -- and turns with effort due to the amount of weight inside it. The latches need to be carefully secured but once you have them in place, it is securely latched. For myself this isn't a concern -- I would rather leave it open, like my previous compost bin -- but for some, I know this is a concern, and I can say that it gets locked pretty tight. The only downside is there are no airholes. Solutions: leave the lid open (again, good for me but maybe not an option for some); drill your own holes (be careful so you do not open internal air pockets, which would then fill with water, dust, and other muck); or open, close, and tumble every day to make sure you get new air in it at least daily. Really, you should be turning this every day anyway, and it's a breeze to do so!
Still going strong
We have had this composter for a few years and it is still going strong. We run a small farm and use this composter a ton. It has held up to lots of abuse and stinky yard waste. We keep an old pan underneath it to catch the nutritious composite that leaks out. It does get pretty heavy to spin when it is full, but I am still able to do it. It is a bit difficult to empty and have to shovel it out, but it is worth it to be able to make our own compost which has 2 benefits. We get to recycle our yard and food waste and the other benefit is the nutrients that we return to our soil. Some of the screws have rusted but still work perfectly. None of the other metal has rusted.
Great product with assembly not looking fun
With the exception of a few assists on my part, my poor husband assembled it. I admit it didn't look like much fun! I'd say more than a few hours of assembly. It is definitely a sturdy and easy to use product though! We spent months trying to make soil in a regular compost bin, where we had to manually turn it with a shovel and rake. It looked nothing like soil. We have transferred that into the tumbler and it's finally starting to look like it could potentially become something other than rubbish!