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Easier to assemble than the 245L one
Just finished building mine. Few assembly tips:
1) set aside 2 hours for a comfortable completion
2) ensure each piece snaps into place (ie each piece has their inside interlocking plastic bit coming through) & make sure all screw holes are full. It is worth double checking each piece before moving on - slowly but steady.
3) work your way around from first piece. Leave last piece to be right next to where you start so you can reach into compost slot to screw. This actually makes it one of the easier pieces to finish.
4) cordless drill helps but...
Simple and gets the job done
I have been using this compost tumbler for a good 4 years now and it still works perfectly fine. There's enough capacity for a family of four and the dual compartment is really useful as you can fit up one half while the other composts. Like all compost systems it does get smelly if you put in too much green material (e.g. kitchen scraps and especially fruit) but a generous amount of brown material and a few turns is enough to fix it.
However, the tumbler is a bit cumbersome to empty as the openings are relatively small compared to other tumbl...ers. The compost tends to get stuck around the opening and needs to be encouraged to come out using a stick or hand shovel. I find myself having to scrap out a portion of the compost with my hands as the opening is too small to stick a good sized shovel/other scraping utensil in there. Not a deal breaker for me but keep in mind there are other tumblers out there with bigger openings and which may (or may not) be easier to empty. If you're just getting started with composting/using a tumbler and want a budget option I highly reccommend this tumbler.
Purchased in January 2016.
Easy to assemble after reading instructions. Only design problem is the compost can escape through the hole at each end and grind away the bush when turning
the drum over.
I fixed the problem by inserting a length of 27mm high pressure water pipe all the way through the centre. This seals the unit and will extend the life of the unit.
Easy to use
Simple to use and effective. It is large enough to have one batch of compost breaking down while starting on the next. It is easy to turn and doesn't take up too much space. In a year we have produced one batch of compost and are nearly ready for the second. We have not yet run out of room and the divider and dual system has worked well for us. We are able to compost food scraps, cardboard, paper and garden waste. It drains well with the breathing holes and days of wet weather have not turned the compost into sludge.
I would recommend reading all the instructions before assembling to avoid problems. We didn't and made it much harder than it had to be. It's a little bit of time to assemble but well worth the effort.
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Makes composting fun and easy
It took about an hour to assemble - be sure not to waste time trying to get the divider to fit perfectly as the instructions indicate that it won't (this won't affect its performance). Also be sure that the last panels you assemble are near the doors for easy screwing together - otherwise if your last panels are opposite the doors, you'll need to lean all the way inside the barrel to assemble and it isn't easy!
I like that the barrel stands tall, so that I don't need to lean over to use it. It's a bit more work to rotate once it gets fairly fu...ll and heavy but it's not an issue. I had thought that the opening would be too small to empty the grass clippings from my lawn mower catcher directly into it, but this wasn't a problem. You can even compost the plain cardboard box that it comes in. It does dribble a bit of liquid out of the breathing holes sometimes when it's spinning, but I suppose this is to be expected - just stand back a bit before you spin. I find it's a really good size and it fits more than I expected - I keep thinking I've nearly filled it, but then it starts to break down and there's more room.
Questions & Answers
Like Susi W, I have found in relation to the rod that runs through the middle, the screws on the bolts only screw up part of the way as well. Could someone please confirm if this is correct or not? Thank you.
Hi Caro. I just bought this same composter from Bunnings. The nuts for those two long screws that hold the rod through the middle of the composter in place are “locking” nuts. In other words they have a plastic liner in them that compresses and sticks the nut in place so that it doesnt unscrew on its own. It will take a little more effort, but i would get a spanner and tighten them all the way up to the rod. Cheers, jeff
We assembled the composter but, in relation to the rod that runs through the middle, the screws on the bolts only screwed up part of the way. Is this right, please?
Hi Susi. I just bought this same composter from Bunnings. The nuts for those two long screws that hold the rod through the middle of the composter in place are “locking” nuts. In other words they have a plastic liner in them that compresses and sticks the nut in place so that it doesnt unscrew on its own. It will take a little more effort, but i would get a spanner and tighten them all the way up to the rod. Cheers, jeff
Can I take out the divider on this model and use it as one barrel?
Also, does the open doors detach, so they dont run into the legs when turning upside down to empty? Looks like they are wider than the frame when open
Yes, you can remove the divider (but then why not buy one large barrel to start with instead of paying more for a double?) and yes the doors slide out completely, but it will still be difficult to empty as the doors are too small.
Hi Leanne, as Lily mentioned you can take it out if you need one full drum. There are larger horizontal tumblers available if you need. For example our 245L tumbler has a divider which can be removed as well and it has much larger doors. If you have any more questions please feel free to call us tomorrow to discuss.
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