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The Earth Machine 80 gal. Composter
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The Earth Machine

80 gal. Composter

$99.00 /each

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The Earth Machine is a durable backyard compost bin designed to compost food and yard waste. It will produce an all-natural soil conditioner, which provides gardens with much needed nutrients, while helping to retain moisture in the soil.

  • Easy snap-together assembly takes only minutes
  • Large capacity 80 gallon
  • Vertical and horizontal columnar ventilation, no corners for materials to dry out
  • Convenient 13 in. x 16.5 in. harvest door
  • Manufactured from recycled material
  • Twist locking lid

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does this have a bottom, or is it open to the ground?

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Chesapeake, VA
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July 26, 2016
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Open to the ground, which I like. Any moisture that forms, seeps into the ground, helping to keep the compost moist, but not wet.
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It is open to the ground. If you have gophers or moles I would suggest placing some Chicken wire underneath. You can also deter those critters by occasionally adding human hair to the compost
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January 22, 2016
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Don't use a cloth and the worms will have at it making it so much better and you'll get lots of beneficial worms.
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January 20, 2016
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you put down, underneath the bottom, 1/4" ground cloth, aka chicken wire, and then screw the composter into the ground over said ground cloth. this prevents rodents and what not from burrowing and getting into.
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September 8, 2015
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This does not have a bottom and the compost mixture sits on open ground.
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Orlando, florida
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July 29, 2015
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There is no bottom. It is open to the ground.
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July 18, 2015
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it is open to the ground---no bottom.
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do you have to turn the compost?

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That's your prerogative.
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May 8, 2016
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Yes. You want to keep the material from becoming compacted.
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January 22, 2016
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Not if you layer it with something dry like leaves or straw and leave the bottom open to dirt, it just takes a little longer.
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October 14, 2015
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Yes, once every 1 -2 weeks and add some water.
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Yes, you have to turn the compost.
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Does this composted get hot? I have small children so I wondering if it's safe the have in the yard.

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July 26, 2016
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It's made of plastic, so it won't get hot like metal would.
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I did notice while"stiring" that the contents were warmer than expected, but not as warm as the exterior when conducting heat from direct sunlight. It should pose no problem for the children.
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March 1, 2016
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The composter does not get hot. It is safe to use around small children.
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February 19, 2016
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The composter will not get hot.
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what are the dimensions?

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See specifications on Home Depot's website.
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The manufacturer says, "Unit dimensions when assembled: 33" diameter by 33" high."
That sounds more reasonable than what Home Depot has posted (33"x16"x33"). It's ROUND! How can it be only 16" deep if it's 33" wide? Trust the manufacturer's specs.
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May 11, 2015
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This product measures 16" deep, 33" wide and 33" tall.
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Customer Reviews

80 gal. Composter is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 155.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best composter I had this composter back in the 80's. When I moved, I had to leave it behind. Until recently, I wasn't able to find this type again. I tried the kind that rotates. As soon as it got any weight to it, it became impossible to turn. Finally, I found my old composter! I purchased it and couldn't be happier!
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best composter on the market I bought my first Earth Machine through a city program a couple of decades ago. I used it through season after season until I finally needed to replace it recently. The design of this is perfect; with the door in the bottom, you can scoop out material that has already decomposed without disturbing the new stuff on top. It's solid and rugged and will sit quietly in a corner of your garden just doing its thing. Great product!
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a keeper I was considering returning this composter because it had no bottom.It sat for about a week,then someone helped me put it together. My conern was that animals would burrow uderneath. To prevent this from happening I placed flat metal Fencing under the composter. I am very very satisfied.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is our second one. We loved our first so much but we needed a second one for the amount of c... This is our second one. We loved our first so much but we needed a second one for the amount of compostable material we produce. We plan to fill one and then fill the other while the first one cooks. Most households can probably make use of a single one, but we produce a lot of material through the garden, etc. Two items to note are that this is not a tumbler model, which means you need to manually mix the contents with a pitchfork or other device, and that the composter sits on the ground, which means animals could potentially burrow into it unless you use a wire mesh to prevent this. We have raccoons and other pest species, but they have never burrowed under. One last item of note, weathering (i.e. freezing and thawing) can cause the plastic to become brittle, so be careful with that pitchfork!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed Where i work i have an teaching garden for children with special needs. One component that I have incorporated is composting. I was disappointed most with the fact that this composting bin has no bottom. I don't want any animals to burrow underneath, and secondly that plastic that it is made of is pretty soft. I don't think that it is very sturdy. I am looking to see if I can find another to replace it before I return it. NJ
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Composter I have purchased a number of these products over the years. It has sometimes been difficult to find until I happened to find it at Home Depot. They don't seem to last as long as in the past. So, I will be buying another one in the new future. I keep 5 working at one time.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my 3rd Earth Machine. The original 2 I purchased from our town about 10 years ago for onl... This is my 3rd Earth Machine. The original 2 I purchased from our town about 10 years ago for only $80. The Recycling Committee facilitated this project to encourage composting. I continue to be VERY satisfied with this product. 5 STARS for sure!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Good but not GREAT Overall I am happy with this product. This is the second one I bought. It works well but will break if you don't empty it after too long. I was disappointed to see that the new version doesn't come with a floor component.
Date published: 2016-10-26
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