Compost Crank® compost aerator (On backorder. See NOTE below for details.)Lotech Products LLC
NOTE: This tool is out of stock here (and in our shops on Etsy and Amazon) while we are waiting on parts. We are hoping to have it back in stock by the end of this month. Please check back. So sorry for the wait and inconvenience!
The Ambrose Family
The original corkscrew compost aerator!
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
I use the Compost Crank to aerate a hot compost pile. It works great and also greatly reduces clumping. Pile temperature stays higher for longer, so I can harvest the whole pile in about 14 days. If you’re serious about composting, get one of these. It’s a must-have for making compost
Absolutely delighted with my compost crank! Quality piece of engineering!
My favorite tool - it really works, is reliable, weather tolerant and has never failed. This is our second one for a summer location. First one was purchased over 20 years ago and has never let us down. and A perfect addition to the compost pile (We compost in a black stationary container)
Has made turning my compost pile incredibly easy. Works great with my Geobin!
Easy to use.