(Topic ID: 182510)

Tumbler Recommendation


By Playdium

3 years ago



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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by lordloss
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    #1 3 years ago

    I would like some feedback on which tumbler people are using. I see this one at Amazon.

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    Looking to do play field parts, metal posts, stainless trim, etc. Are walnut shells the way to go for this? Also, why do some add liquid wax to the media?

    #2 3 years ago

    I've been doing a lot of research on this myself and the one you posted has very positive reviews on Bass Pro, Cabellas and Amazon and is generally considered the least noisy of the good tumblers.

    #3 3 years ago

    I run my tumbler pretty much 24/7 I have gone quite a few. the one you listed did not last 3 months. the small one from harbor freight I had a few of them and they would lasted about 6-12 months. I tried a few others and they did not last either. I finally tried the large 18# one from harbor freight. it is a bit pricey but it will last over 2 years. I get the 2 year extended warranty and get a new one every 2 years for 1/2 the price

    #4 3 years ago

    I bought a Berry's unit from Steve at PBR. It works well but was a little overpriced. I wish I had done as Boilerman and got the 18 pound unit from Harbor Freight. There have been a few times I could have used the larger capacity of the 18 lb. unit.

    I have been having good luck with corn cob media as it seems to clean well and is not too harsh on the metal finish.

    #5 3 years ago

    http://www.harborfreight.com/18-lb-vibratory-bowl-with-liquid-drain-hose-96923.html

    That one has lasted for a while. Be sure to use the 20% off coupon.

    Quoted from Playdium:

    Also, why do some add liquid wax to the media?

    I add liquid polish, not wax.

    #6 3 years ago
    Quoted from Playdium:

    I would like some feedback on which tumbler people are using. I see this one at Amazon.
    amazon.com link »
    Looking to do play field parts, metal posts, stainless trim, etc. Are walnut shells the way to go for this? Also, why do some add liquid wax to the media?

    I have that one and it works just fine. I admit I don't have any other tumbler experience, but for small parts and at that price it's hard to go wrong.

    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    I add liquid polish, not wax.

    What ForceFlow said. One of the common polishes is Flitz:

    amazon.com link »

    #7 3 years ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/18-lb-vibratory-bowl-with-liquid-drain-hose-96923.html
    That one has lasted for a while. Be sure to use the 20% off coupon.

    I add liquid polish, not wax.

    Agree with the 18# harbor freight recommendation with 20% coupon.

    Use Scratch out less than $4. Anything more expensive is not worth it.

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    #8 3 years ago
    Quoted from SteveinTexas:

    Agree with the 18# harbor freight recommendation with 20% coupon.
    Use Scratch out less than $4. Anything more expensive is not worth it.

    never tried scratch out but i agree the pricey stuff is NOT worth it. i use turtle wax chrome polish about the same price as the scratch out

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    #9 3 years ago

    VERY HAPPY with the results of the tumbler I got at Amazon. Had a coupon and my cost was $2. I ran it all night with some "NuFinish Car Polish" added to the walnut shells. The metal faceted posts look amazing!

    Having one of these is a true asset for this hobby.

    #11 3 years ago

    I have about 8 of these tumblers and the only thing I've had to replace is a $4 drive belt. Pretty much run them full time with the oldest being about 4/5 years now

    #12 3 years ago
    Quoted from Lamprey:

    One of the common polishes is Flitz

    I use mother's liquid metal polish.

    amazon.com link »

    I haven't done a direct comparison between that and flitz (flitz is a bit more expensive), but either one should get the job done.

    #13 3 years ago
    Quoted from boilerman:

    never tried scratch out but i agree the pricey stuff is NOT worth it. i use turtle wax chrome polish about the same price as the scratch out

    I tried this and like FLitz better. Flitz does the job right and no clumping in walnut liek this stuff did a little.

    #14 3 years ago
    Quoted from bangerjay:

    ebay.com link » 40 Lb Capacity Heavy Duty Rock Tumbler Lapidary Rock Polishing

    For that price tag, the one that's recommended by the pros is the Ultra Vibe 18.

    amazon.com link »

    #15 3 years ago
    Quoted from lb1:

    For that price tag, the one that's recommended by the pros is the Ultra Vibe 18.
    amazon.com link »

    rotating are quiter than vibratory. I use a thumblers because of this.

    #16 3 years ago

    I've had one of those, it broke.

    #17 3 years ago
    Quoted from bangerjay:

    I've had one of those, it broke.

    good to know. If mine does, then I will step up to the one you linked.

    looks nice!

    #18 3 years ago

    anyone ever use one of these? i would love to have one that size. i could put some pretty big parts in there.
    the quality looks good. a bit pricey but i use mine 24/7/365 and buy the 18# harbor freight one every 18-24 months

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    #19 3 years ago
    Quoted from boilerman:

    anyone ever use one of these? i would love to have one that size. i could put some pretty big parts in there.
    the quality looks good. a bit pricey but i use mine 24/7/365 and buy the 18# harbor freight one every 18-24 months

    That's what I was recommending

    #20 3 years ago

    This rack has room for four, but I've loaned a few out.

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    #21 3 years ago
    Quoted from bangerjay:

    This rack has room for four, but I've loaned a few out.

    what are the results like? what media do you use?
    is yours a custom rig? it be cool to run a few like that, each with different media

    1 year later
    #22 2 years ago

    My 18# tumbler from harbor frieght broke down today. Went to turn it on and didn't do shit. 6 months old

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