The 80 gallon Lifetime 60058 Compost Tumbler is a great backyard equipment, though perhaps not for beginners. I wouldn’t call it affordable but it’s not going to break your pockets either – it’s in the middle of the road. If you’re good with your hands, working with tools and the like, then you’ll find assembly relatively easy. Otherwise, you might find it to be a pain, and will need to get help from someone in setting it up.
I was able to put it to use quickly, and threw a whole bunch of stray leaves, weeds, and kitchen scraps into the composter’s container. It had so much room, it was able to accommodate several rounds and loads, and still had lots of space for more. This composter has a very strong and steady base, and steadfast and powerfully connected handles, that allow you to maintain a firm grip, making the rotation of the composter something that you’ll begin doing right away once you’re set.
Using the Lifetime 60058 Compost Tumbler is a breeze. I load in a whole bunch of kitchen scraps and waste from the garden, even several batches sometimes, and the composter has delivered and worked really well time and time again. It produces a lot of compost, and quality compost at that. Placing the composter in a spot with a lot of sun helps to speed up the process and optimizes the effectiveness of the composting.
The compost tumbler’s container isn’t difficult to turn at all, even during those times when it is full. It did take a while to get used to the feel of turning the composter however, but once you’re familiar with how much strength and energy you need to get it turning, you should be all good from there.
The composter hasn’t been slowed down by the near-freezing temperatures at night either, with the microbes inside still taking action on the food scraps and the other stuff I threw inside.
Pros of the Lifetime 60058 Compost Tumbler:
- I really like how simple it is to mix the food scraps and stuff inside.
- This composter has a high capacity and can really hold a lot of material.
- The moisture also stays and gets kept inside, and doesn’t leak out, making the composting process even more effective.
- Oxygen is also channeled and funneled inside in a well-thought out way, accelerating and improving the aerobic decomposition process.
- The composter is very durable and sturdy, and its look even matches and complements the aesthetic of my backyard.
Cons of the Lifetime 60058 Compost Tumbler:
- The brackets and hinges that keep the cylindrical container of the Lifetime 60058 Compost Tumbler together will begin to rust after a relatively short time of only a few months after purchase. Some parts will go on to rust completely, making them highly prone to breaking off.
- Those who are not used to composters or do-it-yourself tools will have to spend more time assemble this composter. Lifetime, the manufacturer could have streamlined and simplified the set up process of this composter but they didn’t, and on top of this they continue to keep the price of this composter expensive.
- Lifetime, the composter’s manufacturer’s instruction recommend you to drill in several holes by yourself manually. This could have been done by the manufacturer themselves as part of the production, instead of pushing this procedure onto the customer. While the holes aren’t absolutely necessary by any means, the composter will work a lot better and will last much longer when those holes are made. The holes are placed in to provide slots for the screws that will then keep the composter’s container together.