Compost Crank® compost aeratorLotech Products LLC
The Compost Crank® makes it easy to "turn" green.. and brown! It penetrates any material like an auger. Crank the tool into your compost clockwise and lift without turning. Material clings to the spiral, pulling compost up from the bottom. You can thoroughly mix and aerate, or move material to active areas of the pile. The tool is easy for anyone to use and reaches every corner of the bin. It is also lightweight, so you are lifting the compost and not the tool. The free-spinning handles are molded to fit comfortably in your hands, and make the “cranking” motion a breeze! No jabbing, pushing, or prying necessary.
- Handcrafted in Tucson, Arizona, USA on machinery made from recycled parts.
- Lifetime Limited Warranty
- Made of sturdy 3/8 inch solid round stainless steel bar.
- Decorative, certified water safe, solid copper end cap.
- Free-spinning, naturally UV stable, black nylon handles.
- Weight: 2 pounds
- Length: 45 inches
- Working depth: 29 inches
- The tools are handcrafted so minor variations are inherent
- Handling time: Please allow for a handling time of 4-5 business days. This extra time is to allow for a surge in orders. We will usually ship in 1-2 business days.
- Important Tool Instructions
- Shipping, Policies, and Warranty
Warning: Use of this tool has been known to cause people to rave about it to nongardening/noncomposting friends which makes them believe that you have finally lost your mind. Courtesy of Dan Speece, Mt. Airy, MD (The Duke of Dirt)
Note: If you are interested in a longer tool for your composting toilet, we are making available a 52 inch version of the Compost Crank®. We have made a new page for this tool which you can view here.
See this tool in action! View Compost Demonstration Sites.
Read the hangtag! View Compost Crank® Hang Tag.
“I just got this delivered last week. My initial impression couldn’t be better. The crank handle effortlessly moves the screw into the pile, and you have great leverage to pull up a plug of stuff from the bottom to the top. I’ve got a fairly large black plastic circular bin right now and in about 10 minutes of slight exertion I was able to give the pile the best turn it’s had outside of me using a shovel. Excellent, excellent, excellent. It was fairly easy for me to screw down too far, to the point where I couldn’t lift the plug, but reversing a couple of cranks solved the issue and a little patience let me get all the down into the pile.” - C. Chandler
"I bought my first Compost Crank more than 15 years ago in Brooklyn at a composting event. It is probably my favorite gardening tool because it makes composting so incredibly easy. I still have that first one, which is such a simple, elegant, sturdily-made tool that it works just as well as the first day I used it. I just bought a second crank so that I won’t have to transport my original one back and forth every week between my house and my summer cabin in the Catskills. I expect that I will be able to gift both cranks to my heirs!!! Well worth the cost." - Liz Miller
Your compost crank was a hit and presented at our September Meeting yesterday. Scottsdale Community Garden Club (SCGC) will share the crank with our garden community, using a sign-in & out, so the crank does not go missing. Thank you, Terri Lou, SCGC Garden Oversight Committee Chair
Pumpkins took over the area in my garden where I have space to flip the compost. The compost Crank has let me turn my compost quickly and easily without disturbing the vines around it. The ease of use makes me much more likely to turn the compost, so I expect much hotter, faster piles. I love it so much!
It is very sturdy. It was hard for me to pull the compose up as it’s packed. So, I could only pull from the middle not from the bottom. But, it gets better eventually. Great product. It is pricy, but if compose is your thing, it is worth the money.
Really happy with the purchase. Easy to use, well made product.
I am short (5'1") and often feel a bit of apprehension when purchasing tools, particularly online. So many tools and other things are designed with a taller, stronger user in mind. I am happy to report that purchasing this compost crank aerator has led to NO regrets. It's a simple, elegant tool that even a shorty like me can use to good effect. I highly recommend it. It's unlikely that i'll need a replacement any time soon -- it's well designed and sturdy -- but for the right person, i would definitely consider gifting it.