Technology has finally come to the aid of the ancient gardening art of composting and one of the composting tools that poses a technological solution is the Suncast Tumbling Composter.
Is it worth giving it a “tumble”?
Suncast Tumbling Composter Video Demo:
- • 6.5 cubic feet of capacity.
- • A galvanized steel frame (1-inch in diameter) that is sturdy enough to hold the composting materials while turning.
- • The container is constructed of durable resin material allowing it to withstand the elements of any weather while insulating and maintaining the heat of the materials.
- • Latching lids on each end allowing for easy addition of organic materials and unloading of compost.
- Pronged “mixing” bar. This feature is unique to the Suncast and the prongs help “mix” and break up your decomposing organic materials
Suncast Customer Reviews:
As noted by our Customer Star Review, the Suncast Tumbling Composter did not score as well the Envirocycle Composter or the Tumbleweed Composter. It seems the main reason for the lower rating is the time it takes to assemble the unit and the supplied parts and tools.
We will take a look at the Pros and Cons of the Suncast.
Pros of the Suncast Tumbler:
As with many innovations, the brilliance of the Suncast Tumbling Composter lies in its simple premise. It’s designed to allow the compost enthusiast to easily add organic materials to a revolving container which can then be turned for aeration. This “tumbling” mixes the decomposing materials with oxygen, creating heat that further enhances the process. With daily turning, the material can be turned into useable compost in 3 to 4 weeks rather than months or years.
The benefits of this tool include the convenience of being able to turn the material and the speed of the process. Even the most adamantly traditional gardeners agree that the physical labor involved with weekly turning of a compost pile can literally be a pain in the (pick a body part)! This tumbling unit allows this turning process to be completed with ease.
There is also the question of how much time it takes to create useable compost. Since the aeration function of this tumbling unit allows for daily oxygen infusion to the process, it goes much faster, resulting in more compost and therefore more useable fertilizer.
Cons of the Suncast Tumbling Composter:
While the directions for assembly of the Suncast Tumbling Composter are concise and simple to understand, some online reviews have noted that the assembly process requires more than one person to complete. Even though it is not suggested in the directions, it is advisable for purchasers of this unit to have a “trusted assistant” on hand to lend a hand in the assembly. This seems fair. Also, some customers suggested that you will need additional tools than the ones provided to make the assembly easier. One reviewer also stated that the included “wrench” needs to be thrown out and that a 7/16 and 9/16 socket ratchet would be easier to use. One reviewer also suggested just using pliers!
I think this customer review shows us that everyone is focusing on the assembly…but what about how the unit works AFTER it’s put together:
I read a lot of reviews of this product before buying and decided that the one-star reviews are focusing on the wrong thing–putting it together. You only put it together once. Once it’s together, I can recommend it highly.
With the right tools and some patience, it goes together without a lot of fuss. Hint–a socket wrench to hold the nuts is a must. My grown daughter put it together by herself up until the end, when a second pair of hands is needed. Don’t try to put it together outside in the grass because you’ll lose small parts.
As a composter, it works very well. The stand is sturdy, it is easy to flip, and the lids on the ends go on and off without any fuss.
I took away one star because there are a couple of things I would want a little bit of redesign on: the sliding clip on each lid–to prevent accidental opening–is pretty stiff and hard to open. But I hope it will loosen up with time. Also, the spring-loaded pin that holds the bin in position is pretty small so I’m waiting to see how long it holds up–but so far, so good!
It’s an excellent price for this type of composter, it was delivered promptly, and it is now proudly working in my back yard. I might even get another one.
As you can see, the Suncast does have mixed reviews and most of the negative reviews surround the assembly process. To read all of the Customer Reviews, click here: Suncast Composter Reviews.
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