I have really been wanting an additional composter so when I saw the Lifetime composter while watching a John Kohler video on Youtube, I decided to look into purchasing one for myself. I found the cheapest price to be on Amazon. It was $130 and change with free shipping.
When the box arrived I was so excited. I opened it and thought I would quickly put it together. Ha, no such. I was quite overwhelmed when looking at the instructions. I sadly left the box outside and decided I would have to be mentally ready when I put it together.
After sitting outside for 5 days I decided today was the day to begin. I used a drill, a phillips screw bit, phillips screw driver,
7/8″ wrench, a 1/2″ socket wrench, pliers and patience. I must say I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be just time consuming. The instructions tell you in two different steps that you will need 2 people but I was able to put this together myself.
You have to drill a lot of holes in the plastic pieces and they did include the 1/8 drill bit, YEAH. The one step that I would not do is drill the holes on the side pieces until you are ready to put the tops and bottoms on. There is almost no way the holes will match if you pre-drill the side piece holes and this is most critical to keep the composter together properly.
If I had viewed a few more sites before purchasing I would have discovered that this composter takes about 2 – 2 1/2 hours to assemble. It took me about 3 1/2 but I ate lunch, looked for tools, had a problems keeping my socket wrench together (it was almost comical).
I am pleased with the results and now just need to decide where to put it in my garden. Some reviews say it is hard to spin when full but it can’t possibly be any harder than my barrel composter.
Lifetime also sells an 80lb composter and a duel composter which is nice but since I already have done decided to try this one first.