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good tumblers ?


By bigd1979

5 years ago



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    #1 5 years ago

    Ok so I just picked up a ft and some screws and a few other parts have some corrosion and I wanted to polish things up plus i plan to restore all my other pins at some point . So I know nothing about these im assuming there are different sizes and different things to use as the abrasive , so anybody have a idea of a good one for pinball parts ? Id like one big enough to do flipper mechs and mabyve some ball guides?

    #2 5 years ago

    I don't own one, but I have seen several people note that the harbor freight ones are good enough for the amount of use they'd get at home - how many hours/year do you think you'd actually use it?

    HF product isn't always fantastic, but it's generally solid enough and being able to buy three or four replacements for the same price as the major brand has something to be said for it.

    #4 5 years ago

    Cabalas has a nice one...And you can buy bags of corn stock.

    #5 5 years ago

    Cool thax guys maybe I should get a good one because I like to shoot guns also and ssve my brass to get reloaded and that needs tumbled also hmm....

    #6 5 years ago

    for your media buy it from pets mart. corncob bedding for birds and walnut shells from the retile bedding area. And buy flitz tumbler polish.

    #7 5 years ago
    Quoted from mario_1_up:

    for your media buy it from pets mart. corncob bedding for birds and walnut shells from the retile bedding area. And buy flitz tumbler polish.

    Cool thax for the info

    #8 5 years ago

    I had the HF 5lb. and it self destructed after some heavy use in a little over a year. Not surprised but not as good as others have had with it. I'm now using a Cabela's 5lb and a Frankford Arsenal 5lb and so far so good. However, I've only had them for a year and they're only used when I'm doing a tear down or a PF swap which isn't everyday.

    amazon.com link »

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Model-Vibratory-Case-Tumbler-Kit/731769.uts

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    #9 5 years ago

    I have had the berry's 400 tumbler over 3 years without a hitch...

    #10 5 years ago

    The 18lb harbor freight tumbler is the largest one. It can take flipper mechs and disassembled 5-bay drop target assemblies.

    Note that tumblers are primarily for polishing, not cleaning. For cleaning, go with an ultrasonic cleaner. Harbor freight also has them.

    #11 5 years ago

    Ok so I want a ultrasonic cleaner also lol whats the deal with those I really know nothing about them

    #13 5 years ago

    Glad I put this up ive learned alot already thax guys

    #14 5 years ago

    If you want a really nice finish, don't waste your money on a tumbler. They will NEVER match the finish of mechanical buffing. A simple 6" cotton wheel and some polish does the best job you can hope for. I have 2 tumblers including a Berrys and have always been disappointed. If you're lazy, a tumbler will do just an OK job, but if you want a nice shine, hand buff the parts, you won't be disappointed. Screw heads, balls and all. Plus, the polish seals the surface for the future.

    #15 5 years ago
    Quoted from waltrr:

    If you want a really nice finish, don't waste your money on a tumbler. They will NEVER match the finish of mechanical buffing. A simple 6" cotton wheel and some polish does the best job you can hope for. I have 2 tumblers including a Berrys and have always been disappointed. If you're lazy, a tumbler will do just an OK job, but if you want a nice shine, hand buff the parts, you won't be disappointed. Screw heads, balls and all. Plus, the polish seals the surface for the future.

    Well dang lol another option ugh

    #16 5 years ago
    Quoted from waltrr:

    If you want a really nice finish, don't waste your money on a tumbler. They will NEVER match the finish of mechanical buffing. A simple 6" cotton wheel and some polish does the best job you can hope for. I have 2 tumblers including a Berrys and have always been disappointed. If you're lazy, a tumbler will do just an OK job, but if you want a nice shine, hand buff the parts, you won't be disappointed. Screw heads, balls and all. Plus, the polish seals the surface for the future.

    A buffing wheel works good for large parts that can easily be held (and don't fit in a tumbler), but not so much for small parts.

    As long as you use fine walnut media and squirt some liquid polish each time you tumble, the results are actually pretty good. Not quite mirror shine, but close enough.

    #17 5 years ago
    Quoted from waltrr:

    If you want a nice finish, don't waste your money on a tumbler. They will NEVER match the finish of mechanical buffing.

    Really ? How does this tumbled part look ? I don't use cheap shit like Berry or Harbor freight tumblers!

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    #18 5 years ago

    I agree with most of the above posts. I have the Cabela's brand and it is awesome with walnut media and some Fitz or Novus 2 added. It is big enough to hold flipper mechs. The trick I have found is to leave in the tumbler long enough. I have left my stuff in there for a day or two, no problems.

    You can always hand polish with a wheel or drill if you aren't happy with the larger pieces.

    #19 5 years ago

    I have the Harbor Freight 5LB and it gets very heavy use. I even wore the lid out. Its hasn't skipped a beat. I usually leave it running for days at a time. Crushed walnut and 2 table spoons of Mothers aluminum polish. Stuff comes out looking like chrome.

    #20 5 years ago
    Quoted from McCune:

    Really ? How does this tumbled part look ? I don't use cheap shit like Berry or Harbor freight tumblers!

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    So what's not a cheap shit tumbler? I gave up on the one I have, Frankford arsenal. I would gladly pay big bucks for a top performing one. What one do you recommend Jim? Hell I spent $700 on my ultrasonic cleaner and love it.

    #21 5 years ago

    I have the Cabela's tumbler and I really like it, I think it's the best deal out there and its made in the USA. They do run it on sale pretty often too. My dad has a Hornady tumbler and it works great and is really quiet, but costs a lot more than the Cabela's.

    #22 5 years ago
    Quoted from McCune:

    Really ? How does this tumbled part look ? I don't use cheap shit like Berry or Harbor freight tumblers!

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    Your part looks great for a tumbled part, but could look better. It also depends on the finish you're looking for.
    And I do polish the heads of screws, faceted wedge head posts, etc.with a bench mount buffer that's a whole bunch cheaper than an expensive tumbler and a whole lot quicker
    Actually, I've owned a metal fab and polishing shop for over 35 years. You'd never convince me a tumbler works better.

    Walt

    #23 5 years ago
    Quoted from McCune:

    Really ? How does this tumbled part look ? I don't use cheap shit like Berry or Harbor freight tumblers!

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    Quoted from waltrr:

    You'd never convince me a tumbler works better.
    Walt

    Hey, man! If Jim says a tumbler's better, it's better. After all, he thinks WOZ sucks, so he's gotta be right!

    And...uh...McCune? We'd all really like to know what kind of tumbler you use that isn't shit.

    Still coming to Utah in June, so it's a good time for you to take a vacation.

    #24 5 years ago

    The tumbler is only part of the equation.

    You need to use the right media and polish for the job too.

    For parts with rust or white corrosion and lots of threads and detail, you many want the pyramid resin media, for general polishing - walnut shell, for softer metals or chrome - corn cob.

    For parts with heavy corrosion, you may need to soda/bead/sand blast first before tumbling.

    Always clean and de-grease parts before tumbling.

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    #25 5 years ago

    Man so many options so do I need ultasonic or tumbler im mainly doing flipper mechs and tiny screws and posts ?

    #26 5 years ago
    Quoted from McCune:

    Really ? How does this tumbled part look ? I don't use cheap shit like Berry or Harbor freight tumblers!

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    Id be very happy with that outcome

    #27 5 years ago

    Ultrasonic does not polish or remove corrosion.

    Think of it as a vibrating soapy bath.

    -

    Small common screws are so cheap, I usually just replace them.

    https://www.boltdepot.com/

    #28 5 years ago
    Quoted from McCune:

    Really ? How does this tumbled part look ? I don't use cheap shit like Berry or Harbor freight tumblers!

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    That looks familiar.

    #29 5 years ago
    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    Hey, man! If Jim says a tumbler's better, it's better. After all, he thinks WOZ sucks, so he's gotta be right!
    And...uh...McCune? We'd all really like to know what kind of tumbler you use that isn't shit.
    Still coming to Utah in June, so it's a good time for you to take a vacation.

    I did not say it was better but I do think they give better results than some have stated .

    lets not cross talk about WOZ in this thread.

    The tumbler is just one component , the other is the type of media, both are very expensive, most won't even consider buying it. I learned from the Festool days that some will bust my balls for buying expensive tools and told that Home Depot sanders do just as good as job

    I hope you do visit me and you can see my set up first hand .

    Jim

    #30 5 years ago
    Quoted from McCune:

    I did not say it was better but I do think they give better results than some have stated .
    lets not cross talk about WOZ in this thread.
    The tumbler is just one component , the other is the type of media, both are very expensive, most won't even consider buying it. I learned from the Festool days that some will bust my balls for buying expensive tools and told that Home Depot sanders do just as good as job
    I hope you do visit me and you can see my set up first hand .
    Jim

    Some of us would rather buy the right tool(s) and components one time rather than spend the same amount of money in the long run using inferior tools and components. So, whatcha got? Money isn't the issue for me, results are.

    For what it's worth, my company owns three full festool setups and they have paid for themselves many times over.

    #31 5 years ago
    Quoted from Skins:

    Some of us would rather buy the right tool(s) and components one time rather than spend the same amount of money in the long run using inferior tools and components. So, whatcha got? Money isn't the issue for me, results are.
    For what it's worth, my company owns three full festool setups and they have paid for themselves many times over.

    I think he probably puts the stuff in his pocket with some walnut media and Flitz and jumps up and down.

    Most...expensive...tumbler...EVER...

    #32 5 years ago

    Thax everybody I ordered one hopefully everything works out appreciate the help

    #33 5 years ago

    Cabelas tumbler is awesome

    #34 5 years ago
    Quoted from tdiddy:

    Cabelas tumbler is awesome

    Its on the way and im sure it will be better than what I really need it for

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