Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 320
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Cooper1 Very Pleased
The tumbling action is very smooth, even when heavy on one side. I like the two divided sides - it allows you to fill one, and then switch to the other. It really is easier if you have two people to do the assembly - be prepared for a lot of nuts and bolts. The product is definitely living up to its claims - would purchase it again in a heart beat
June 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by NordicNewfie Great Little Unit
I bought this for my apartment garden, limited space but wanted to do something with kitchen scraps other than toss in landfill.
I had read reviews about it being difficult to assemble, but this is not an issue for me. It took about 30 minutes and the instructions were really simple to follow if you read them.
Currently have the first compartment being filled, will see how good the process works once I start the second side.
November 27, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Kerrynf Does not compost easily as led to believe.
I have been composting for a few years now and have always wondered if a tumbler would be better for composting...boy was I wrong!
Previously I had a traditional compost unit sitting on the ground near my shed and it continuously put out good compost and was almost always "hot" and cooking. The problem was, despite my efforts to only put in veggie material, coffee grounds, shredded paper, etc pests were still attracted to the bin. This Spring I decided to get rid of this bin and buy the tumbler above.
Assembly and setup was easy and I would give it 5 stars on that front.
I added my first batch of material in early April...by mid to late April the first compartment was full and I began adding materials to the second compartment. Around early May I noticed the "curing" side was becoming a "slimy sludge" that smelled really bad. I couldn't understand it...this was the same material that when added to my ground bin heated up and broke down in a matter of weeks (remember I have been doing this for quite some time and know very well about ratios, etc).
I did some reading and found information indicating that composting in a tumbler is quite different than ground composting because it is in fact the bacteria from the ground the powers the process of composting. So I decided to add some dirt directly from the ground, a batch of compost accelerator from WalMart along with a good load of sawdust to try and dry it out a bit. This did not work either and the batch remained just a big wet ball of sludge.
Thinking that maybe it was the excess rain we were having in the Spring that might have caused this (maybe the ventilation holes allowed too much rain in?) I decided to wrap the bin in a tarp so that I could control the moisture in the tumbler. I emptied out the current contents and started over...same result...a putrid mess of slime and sludge.
I decided to try an experiment to rule out that it could be the materials I was adding. I mulched some leaves along with bark, sawdust, coffee grounds, egg cartons until I had it just the perfect ratios. I put one batch in the tumbler and one batch in a trash container with the bottom cut out. The batch in the trash can composted after a very short time...the batch in the tumbler, once again, was a gross mess of slime and wet "goop".
After more reading I found that you need to be something akin to a scientist to get everything just right to compost in a tumbler.
Needless to say, it was a big disappointment. I returned to my bin on the ground but this time I buried the bin about 3.5 feet down to eliminate the problems with rodents and pests getting in there...and after only a short period of time I have a good batch "cooking" again using the same materials I added to the tumbler...I'll probably just use the tumbler to store a cured batch in.
July 10, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Sandi Leaks but nice size
Took a while to put together because there are a lot of nuts and bolts that are hard to reach at the same time unless you have long arms. It leaks smelly liquid from the seams and when you turn it the smelly liquid leaks all over. I wanted a composter that I could have on my deck and I love the size but the leaking will end up making me move it to the garden. I have another composter that is not suitable for the deck that does not leak like this.
July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RPal Easy to assemble and use and very efficient.
This composter fulfilled all of our needs. Its easy to assemble and use and extremely efficient at composting our kitchen and lawn waste. The tumbling feature solves what would otherwise be a somewhat unpleasant chore. Having two compartments is a great feature and obviates the need for a second composter. I placed it near my little greenhouse so I will be able to feed my new plants with ease.
April 29, 2014