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home composters tumbleweed tumbler composter

Compost Maker

No Longer Available

The Tumbleweed Compost Maker : New Patented Design

How The Tumbleweed Compost Maker Works:

  • Add organic waste and tumble on a regular basis.
  • Just a spin a day : No Heavy forking of the contents or complicated layering techniques are not required.
  • Minimum effort : simply fill the bin with the required materials and tumble every couple of days.
  • Leverage allows young and old to tumble the bin, even when full.
  • Air and moisture are distributed by the tumble action creating ideal conditions for rapid decomposition.
  • Valuable nutrients are retained within the bin.
  • Will recycle 100% lawn clippings. Grass cuttings are usually produced in such quantity that traditional composting methods cannot handle them.

Study Proves: Compost Helps Fight Off Plant Diseases!

"A study commissioned by the Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP) looked at recent research into almost 50 types of disease affecting plants and concludes the evidence that compost made from garden or food waste helps suppress all manner of wilts, rots and turf disease is overwhelming." Read more...

Our Composter Line ::

We reviewed over 20 composters before choosing our composter line. What sets these composters apart is their ease of use and faster composting times. However we go one step further in choosing durable and easy to assemble systems that will be hard working garden tools for years (arduous assembly knocked out quite a few).

With the addition of the popular Green Cone Composting System, we now carry a line of 4 top quality composters including the Sunmar Continuous Composter Line, the Tumbleweed Composter, and the educational RolyPig Composter.




Makes Compost Faster and Easier

Take the back-breaking work out of composting! There's no need to fork and lift when you use the Tumbleweed Compost Bin. Just add kitchen and yard waste to the 7 cu. ft. bin, and with a quick spin, you can create a rich compost mix in as little as 21 days. Due to the Tumbleweed's patented "aeration method", you can make at least four loads of compost in the time it takes traditional methods to produce one. All with only a daily spin. No turning, no mess, no pests. Save your back and enjoy your garden!

  • Our only batch-style composter, one that we felt was heads above all the other tumble type composters (and easy 15 minutes to assemble....some others took several hours!)
  • Produces compost in 1/4 the time of traditional methods.
  • The Tumbleweed was Member Tested and Recommended by the National Home Gardening Club.

Unique Tumbling Action :: Saves your Back

  • Tumbleweed's unique bin rotates around the stainless steel rod running through the middle.
  • During tumbling, the patent-pending breaker bar breaks up the tumbling contents creating an aerobic action that offers a quicker and odorless form of composting.
  • Leverage. Even when you have a full load of compost, you can make it tumble without much effort at all. Just push down on one side and pull up on the other.
  • See our page for Tumbleweed Composter Composting Tips


Compare our Composters

Tumbleweed Composter Mower Info

Tumbleweed Compost Maker Features:

  • Above-ground, free standing, away from pests.
  • Sturdy, high impact UV treated polypropylene body
  • Galvanized steel legs
  • Stainless steel breaker bar
  • Vented lids on both ends with animal-resistant twist locks
  • Tightly sealed, it's vermin proof

Assembled Tumbleweed dimensions:

  • WIDTH: 25.5”
  • DEPTH: 33.5”
  • WEIGHT: 22 lbs.
  • CAPACITY: 58 gallons
  • Assemble in 10 or 15 minutes using only your hands and a pocket screwdriver. more>


  • Body is high impact UV treated polypropylene
  • Galvanized steel tubes as used in swimming pool fences
  • Stainless steel central breaker bar
  • Zinc plated steel fastenings
  • All components recyclable

FAQ's about the Tumbleweed Composter

Q. Where should I put my Tumbleweed compost maker?
The compost bin should be situated in a sunny position as heat promotes the composting process.

Site it in an accessible place so that it can be easily tumbled every few days. Put it near to where you will walk past it on the way to the car so you can give it a quick turn on your way out.

Q. What can I put in my Tumbleweed composter bin?
A. Most organic waste can be composted. The key is to mix 75% lawn clippings with 25% other materials,eg leaves,vegetable scraps, tea leaves, fruit peelings, coffee grounds, vacuum dust and crushed eggshells.

Chopping and shredding larger items speeds up the composting process. This can easily be one by running the lawn mower over leaves and other soft garden waste. The more uniform in size the ingredients are, the quicker the decomposition process.

Unlike other composting methods the Tumbleweed Compost Bin will recycle 100% lawn clippings. No need to add any other ingredients, simply fill and tumble. Grass cuttings are usually produced in such quantity that traditional composting methods cannot handle them. Why throw a valuable recycling resource in the garbage bin when the Tumbleweed tumbler will turn them into valuable compost?

Q. How long does it take Tumbleweed to make compost?
A. The Tumbleweed Compost Bin can produce four loads of compost for every one produced by traditional methods. To produce compost in four weeks almost fill the compost tumbler and tumble every two to three days. During summer and the growing season this is the most commonly used method. If you do not have sufficient material to fill the compost bin, just keep adding ingredients and tumble the compost bin over a period of time. It will take a further two weeks to produce compost after adding the last lot of material. This method is most commonly used in winter.

Q. The question I want to ask is not here, who can help me?
A. Email us and our friendly staff will help you. ! We are real people with years of experience.


Composting FAQ's ::

The Tumbleweed Compost Maker is the best batch type compost maker we have found. Here are some common FAQ's about composting:

Q. What is the difference between mulch and compost?
A. Only the degree of decomposition. Mulch contains partially broken down ingredients and the breakdown of materials is not yet completed. Compost is the final stage of decomposition and is homogenous and looks like a rich brown soil.

Q. Why mulch instead of compost?
A. Most gardeners want mulch not compost (soil) Mulch is simply added on top of the garden bed in a thick layer 10 - 30 cms. deep. This helps to retain the moisture in the soil and protect the surface roots of the plants. It discourages weed growth and is a source of food to attract worms.

Q. Why is my compost lumpy?
A. This usually happens when the bin has not been turned often enough. Tumble the bin every two or three days. As the contents fall from top to bottom they hit the breaker bar across the middle which helps to break up lumps. Remedy the problem by adding shredded newspaper or empty the bin and dig into the garden and start again.

Q. Why is my compost wet and heavy?
A. Vegetable scraps have a high proportion of water. If you have used more than about 25% in proportion to grass cuttings, this may be the problem. Fix it by adding shredded newspaper. Alternatively empty the bin and dig it into your garden and start again.

Q. Why does my compost smell?
A. A foul smell indicates that anaerobic decomposition (without oxygen)is taking place. It can be caused by not tumbling sufficiently and aerating the ingredients. Or it may be due to too much moisture (see previous question) or it may be a combination of both. In some cases it may be due to not putting the compost bin in a sunny position. Heat is an important part of the decomposition process. The only remedy is to empty the contents and start again.

Q. Why is my compost hot?
A. This is not a problem. Heat is required for decomposition and it indicates that your compost is "cooking" beautifully!


Assembly Instructions ::







  • Tumbleweed Composters come with a 1 year warranty.

Shipping Info ::

  • Shipping is $30 within the Continental United States. Please email us for rates outside the continental United States and Canada.
  • The Tumbleweed Compost Maker comes in a cardboard box whose dimensions are:
  • 24.5” x 24.5” x 22”
  • weight of carton: 24 lbs.

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