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So I got this tumbler.

earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member

It was gifted to me. 
I had some badly mistreated 45 Colt cases that were used for blackpowder loads. I tumbled them for three hours in new walnut media with no polish. I've not used walnut before. I've read some love it, some hate it. Near as I can tell the cases came as clean as they would have in my Cabelas tumbler. No better, no worse. Where this machine excells is it is a whole lot more quiet. It also is built like a tank. The polymer bowl is thick and the lid has a heavy rubber gasket and is attached with a big bolt and wing nut assembly with washers. The springs, motor, and frame are made to handle polishing rocks, so its all heavy duty. I don't know what they retail for, but its for sure a heavy duty, quality machine.


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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 5,032 Senior Member
    I have the same tumbler, dont know when i got it , sometime in the 80s, probably polished 10,000 or more cases, rocks, even filled it with sand to remove rust and corrosion from small parts. Its bomb proof, never had a bit of trouble with it. Amazon has them for $252.00, Cabelas for $214.00 & Brownells for $282.00.

    Ya got a good one.

  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Wow! Thats a lotta money.

    Son in law gave it to me after rescuing it from a pile of stuff headed for the trash. Amazing what some outfits toss. This thing had never been used before today.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    You've got a heavy duty machine in that one. It should last a long time. I have one of their rotary bumblers that takes two 'barrel' containers at a time. It's around 40 years old and still going strong. Only thing that needs replacement occasionally is the drive belt, and I found a source for those CHEAP. They're silicone belts that last a lot longer than the rubber ones. I've polished brass, rocks, small parts and all manner of things with it and it does a good job, just takes longer than the vibratory tumblers.
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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    I also bought that same tumble in the late 80's and it still works great and has never given me a reason to buy anything else.
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  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,340 Senior Member
    My midway tumbler was bought about 40 years ago & was still working well but a recall on those came so now I will be getting a new one for free. I also have a 2000 Dillon for larger loads of brass. They are handy for all sorts of things.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    edited July 2018 #8
    I did some 38spl cases. Came out shining like a glass eye. Just figured out the bowl removes.  Has a heavy rubber gasket under it. Way cool!
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,813 Senior Member
    Nice quality item, for sure.
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,340 Senior Member
    Having the brass all nice makes the reload look a lot nicer. Check all the primer pockets because small stuff likes to hide in there until you screw up a primer.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,340 Senior Member
    Those work but I have found they can ream the pocket so I use some stiff wire in a small bundle that fits ti just get the little cruddies out.  Yes cruddies is a technical term . lol
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    My wrists aren't wired up like hammered hardened iron from restacking ammo cans so the primer pockets just get a gentle touch.😁
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,340 Senior Member
    I am as gentle as dew on a rose petal.
    Hey it could happen !

  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    I have one as well.  I have never used anything but a Thumblers, so I cannot compare it, but it has cleaned up everything I have put in it, and I use corn cob media.

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  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,340 Senior Member
    I too use the cob media it seems to do a brighter shine to softer metals. I have never done wet in one but it probably would be like a sonic cleaner does.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I ran a bunch of cases in this thing this morning. Put more media and a pinch of polish in it. Ran it for almost 4 hours. Cases came out real clean.

  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Working with clean brass is so much better than just a wipe with a rag. Better for your dies and you to inspect it too.

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