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
- 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
Easy to use, saves time and your lower back
I have used my Compost Crank for decades!
When the top handle on the Crank broke, I contacted Lotech Products for a recommendation.
The immediately said they would send me a new Crank, and I should send the broken one back (postage paid) to them so they could see what made it fail.
After examination they said they would repair it and donate it to a community organization.
That is what I call service!
I have used my barrel compost bin for almost 30 years, and I turn it with a pitchfork every 6 months, whether it needs it or not. :) SO HARD to turn with no ability to get any leverage in that narrow opening! After looking sadly at my hard, stinky, wormless pile once again, I decided that there must be a better way. Enter the compost crank. It is everything Lotech claims AND MORE! I am so thrilled with my new compost crank that I have turned it every other day since getting it 3 weeks ago, and my compost has been transformed into a healthy, steaming, wormladen extravaganza. So effective and so easy to use - I should have gotten this years ago. I love it - thank you, Lotech Products.
It is a beautiful and well made product. No sharp edges and good finish.
I have two compost bins. It's difficult to reach into the bins and turn the compost in such a confined area, so I was delighted to find how well the crank worked when I bought my first one. It worked well for many years with no special care--I just left it leaning against the bin. When it finally broke one day, I couldn't even remember what it was called or who sold it. I was greatly relieved to find Lotech online using the search term "compost corkscrew." I'm now a happy user of my second crank.