Long 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
Everything else about this tool is the same as the original Compost Crank®, with an extra 7 inches of working length. So for those of you looking for a longer tool for your taller compost bin, here it is! This longer tool originally came about because people were asking for a longer version for composting toilets, so we worked with David Omick (see quote below) to figure out the best size. With his expertise and advice, we are making available this option for a special 52 inch Compost Crank®!
- 52 inches long to give extra length while using to aerate taller compost bins and composting toilets.
- 36 inches working length for ease of use in taller compost bins and a standard 55 gallon barrel compost toilet system.
- Comfortable, easy to use, free-spinning, naturally UV stable, black nylon handles.
- Durable, stainless steel, rust resistant construction.
- Made in Tucson, Arizona on machinery we built from recycled parts.
- 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.
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- Shipping, Policies, and Warranty
“I was recently asked by Lotech, the makers of the Compost Crank, for advice on designing a crank ideally sized for use with 55 gallon barrel composting systems. The result is their new, Special Long Composting Crank. It’s a perfect length for use with our Barrel Composting Toilet System or any other 55 gallon barrel composting system. While the shorter “standard” length works fine, the new, longer length is even better. It improves sanitation and convenience by allowing the user to crank to the bottom of the barrel while keeping both hands entirely outside of the barrel.
Except for the longer length, the Special Long Compost Crank is identical to the standard model. Both are, in a positive sense, anachronisms in that they’re American-made and built to last a lifetime.
(Please note that this is an unbiased review. Except for receiving a Special Long Compost Crank for testing, I have no affiliation with Lotech and have not received any financial compensation from them.)”
David Omick “Living Outside The Box”, of www.omick.net
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)
This is a great tool. I love it. My compost bin is tall and this tool reaches the bottom. It allows me to easily turn over the compost pile.
Pitch forks are officially obsolete. I've only used it a few weeks and I'm a full convert, takes me 5 minutes to turn a 6' x 6' x 4' compost heap, no need for Advil or sweat. Time will tell how robust this design is but in terms of build quality from a visual inspection by an engineer, its built really well I'm just worried the nylon handles will wear with time. Either way, I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I do but I'm officially excited to turn compost. I can't believe I typed that.
I had been using the pitch-fork method of turning compost for several years. Long story, but I had been doing more research about composting and realized I needed to get a better turner. Did some online shopping, and the Lotech product came out as best-in-breed (hate that expression!) Anyways, I bought the extra-long once since I may/will be buying a bigger composting bin in the near future. I have been using the Lotech product almost every day since I received it, and it does make turning the compost so much easier. Like my review title says, can't go wrong in getting one for yourself.
I absolutely love it. I have a 3 bin compost system for horse manure and now I don’t have to empty the entire 4x4 bin in order to aerate. I can tell that everything is heating up much better with the added oxygen. Great product and easy to use!
Excellent well-made tool that does exactly what it claims to do, which is: aerating and turning compost. I unboxed this and was using it within minutes to loosen up a few compost bins that were slowly cooling off. Within a day or using the Compost Crank, the temperature in my bins was back up in the 130-140 degrees range and cooking again. The longer crank is definitely worth the upgrade - especially for taller bins. This works like a dream and SO much easier than using a shovel or pitchfork. Well done Lotech!