Plastic splits underneath butt
I bought 3 of these butts 4 years ago and all of them have developed splits underneath and now leak. They were all installed on the correct bases and worked well for a couple of years. What a shame!
I was worried about installing it but it was really easy. The capacity is great and the included stand means i can easily fit my watering can underneath it. Initially i had a problem with the lid but its now really easy to lift up and press the latch to release.
I'm so happy with it I think i'll be ordering another one as its already full
Recommended Water Butt
Arived promptly (much more quickly that advertised in fact) and was much easier to assemble than anticipated, particularly the attachment to the down pipe, thanks to clear instructions and pre-drilled holes in the butt. Would definitely recommend.
These water butts are designed and built to a very high quality, but are still cheap (in terms of cost per litre of rainwater stored). You get a solidly-build tank with two pre-threaded tap holes near the base (fitted with plugs that you unscrew) that allow for very easy tap fitting (supplied), I used the 2nd lower hole to link between water butts (extra stuff required for this) A second pair of holes are fitted at the top (fitted with plugs that you push out) that allow you to connect an input rain water diverter (kit supplied) and an overflow L-bend, (supplied with washer & nut). Everything including the stand & instuctions is delivered inside the butt helping not to lose bits.
I placed each stand on a 600 x 600 mm slab, to stabilise the soil, remember to use a spirit level to make sure the butt is on a flat surface as being tilted can reduce the life of the water butt by placing undue pressure on one side, in my case, I have linked 4 of these together to, hopefully, end my use of tap water for gardening, half the roof rainfall arrives in the 1st butt and all were full after just 3 days of September rain. I guess this shows just how much water we gardeners miss.
1. The output tap could do to be lower as the bottom 10cm of water cannot be emptied, however I know from other old water butts that the lower the tap, the more likely for a crack to form n the plastic after years of use, so I guess this is a compromise.
2. A bit of water & dampness was found to be inside on delivery, even though they arrived in a cardboard box, this caused some of the paper instructions to be wet, careful unfolding and placing on the lawn to dry solved this.
One final point, Delivery from evengreener was just 4 days after I placed the order.
Great value and Quality
I purchased my first 227 litre water butt several years ago and was very impressed with cost of the complete kit , the quality of the products and the first class service.
I was so impressed that when I put the rain guttering on my shed I purchased the smaller 100 litre water butt.
Once again excellent product and service, very competitive.
I would highly recommend and purchase again in the future
Lids difficult to open. However have linked to with top and bottom connections and are fine.
Well designed and seems quite durable
I bought one of these to add to my other three of differing makes, and am impressed with the quality and design. I particularly like the fact that the lid seals properly preventing the midges from getting in to lay eggs. I did find the lid difficult to open initially, but a dab of silicone grease on the moving parts soon sorted it out. I’m just waiting for the next special offer as I need two more to replace both the Ward butts that have splits in them, and cannot find anything to repair them.
Harcostar 227ltr Green Water Butt Kit
Ordered the water butt on the 27th of July and it was delivered on the 9th or August - rather handily left in the back garden as requested. Connected with relative ease; there are some good Youtube videos detailing the installation. One (admittedly rather wet) week on and the water butt is full; feeds off a flat roof approximately 4m x4m, and there was probably about 1-2in of water in the bucket left next to it, an estimate on the rainfall. Really cant fault the product and the fact that a hose pipe can be linked to the tap is an added bonus. Great product, hope it lasts!
Harcoster 227 litre green barrel
My first order from your company, very impressed. The water barrel arrived very quickly, it is thick plastic very robust. It was very easy with all the pre cut holes to assemble. Great not to have to crawl in the barrel to fit the tap, it just screws in. The lid fits well and is easy to open and close.The three parts of the stand fit together holding the barrel in place. I am hoping this will last for years. Just need some rain.
We have had two of these water barrels for three or four years now and they have worked perfectly and now I am about to buy a further one as a third one of a different make has started to leak.
Very good quality kit
Excellent kit with everything provided and pre drilled holes in barrel. Dropped one star because delivery took nearly 4 weeks. Apparently this is normal for this company but buyer should bear it in mind if ordering.
Quality piece of kit
Good quality with all necessary parts included. Water Butt is pre drilled and threaded for easy attachment of pipes and tap, so parts easy to assemble. Other suppliers do not necessarily do this. One thing to be aware of is that delivery was not exactly swift. I ordered on the 23 march and was told it could take up to a month to deliver it. When I queried this the date was bought forward to 18th April and it actually arrived on 17th April. Turns out it was worth waiting for but buyers should be aware it might well take a few weeks to arrive.
I bought 2 of these and have been impressed with the great value - with all elements included - drainpipe connector, stand and lid. The taps fit easily into the pre-threaded holes, there are 2 bottom holes for connecting the butts and a tap, plus two top holes. The tanks are robust and the lid fits securely (although as mentioned before it's a bit fiddly). Not connected the rainwater diverter as I already had one in place, so I can't comment.
Word of warning - don't get the linking kit (H930515LKITI) if you want to connect your water butts at the bottom as the hose doesn't fit tightly enough onto the elbow joint and leaks, then comes off under greater pressure.
Very impressed by price and quality.
I originally purchased 3 butts to collect water from my bungalow roof and outbuildings. I was so impressed by the price and quality, I have ordered 2 more
Great butt but with one but.
Great value compared to many others on the market. Particularly because everything is included in the price. Fits on the stand well.
One criticism; the instructions for the downpipe rain trap are pants and the marking tape mentioned was missing.
Here's how to do it; Mount butt on stand near downpipe. With a spirit level transfer water line level from butt to pipe. Mark 12.5mm either side of line and cut out that piece then follow remaining instructions. Connecting pipe is a loose fit on butt spigot and needs some sealant.
Otherwise great product.
Perfect water solution
This is a great quality butt kit. I love the pre-drilled holes with well fitting bungs, especially the options for left or right connection to the downpipe. The only fiddly bit was cutting the drain pipe and rain trap lid. The tap is smooth to operate, and has a good flow. The base segments fitted together easily and the whole unit is very stable. The lid safety mechanism is a little tricky to operate, but as I only need to lift the lid to add water conditioner it is worth having. Thoroughly recommend the Harcostar, and Even Greener
Has lasted 10-15 years and stil no fading
I bought this a long time ago. It is still in great condition and looks the same dark green colour, unlike another one which is badly faded. Reason for comment: just about to buy a third barrel!