(Topic ID: 285590)

What tumbler are you using & what are you tumbling?


By Pinbub

8 days ago



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    #1 8 days ago

    The title says it all. What tumbler are you using? I'm thinking mostly metal stuff but I've seen people say they tumble star posts as well. I would think metal would be dry and other stuff wet? Educate me!

    #2 7 days ago

    I'm using a harbor freight tumbler (mistake, should have gotten a better one).

    I tumble any metal stuff that'll fit (screws, metal posts, small guides, pop bumper rings, etc) with corn cob media and flitz.

    Never heard of people doing it for anything plastic. Pretty sure at least with dry media you'll just mess up the plastic

    #3 7 days ago

    An ultrasonic cleaner tends to be better for plastic since it's non-destructive to the material (as long as it isn't painted or doesn't have stickers/decals).

    #4 7 days ago

    I use my tumbler for any metal parts that will fit. I currently have post screws in there. For #6 and #8 screws, if they are looking shabby, I buy replacements from Tacoma Screw. But post screws are over $1 each, and I have about 40 of them. So it's worth it to at least give the tumbler a try. After 18 hours they still aren't looking great; but I have a feeling another couple of days will do the trick. To date, I have never had the need to leave anything in the tumbler for longer than 48 hours. 90% of the time 18 hours is enough - as long as they get a thorough cleaning first.

    BTW, I use a small plastic container, filled with cleaning solution (soapy water or naptha) and metal or plastic parts, and set it on top of my tumbler. I don't know how it compares to an ultrasonic cleaner; but it seems to do well.

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    #5 7 days ago

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    I have a tumbler from Eastwood. Just pulled these parts out this morning. I was not after a perfect shine, just mostly clean. The media I used came with the tumbler as Eastwood's polishing media. I would say it is between ground corncob reptile bedding and ground walnut shell for its hardness. To answer..... this is out of a 100 year old Century electric motor.

    #6 5 days ago
    Quoted from UltraPeepi:

    BTW, I use a small plastic container, filled with cleaning solution (soapy water or naptha) and metal or plastic parts, and set it on top of my tumbler. I don't know how it compares to an ultrasonic cleaner; but it seems to do well.

    That's pretty clever. And the tape actually holds for a long period of time?

    #7 5 days ago

    I use a rotary rock polishing tumbler, with walnut media. Have added various metal polishes several times. It is good for cleaning, and quiet (would be interested in comments on the noise level of vibrating tumblers) but never seems to get parts really buffing wheel shiny. So use the 8" wheel for that final polish, which also helps get the walnut residue out of screw heads.

    #8 5 days ago

    I am looking to replace my old crappy tumbler that broke with a new one. Does anyone have experience with Eastwood tumblers? I'm looking for something about the size of their 18 pound tumbler, and wondered if people had experience with that one.

    I'd be particularly interested in a tumbler that is large, and that has a different method of attaching the lid than the normal threaded rod / wingnut. I'm not sure this exists though, but thats been the point of failure on the two I've gone through so far.

    #9 4 days ago
    Quoted from Robotoes:

    Does anyone have experience with Eastwood tumblers?

    sixpakmopar posted 3 posts above yours that he has an Eastwood tumbler ...

    #10 4 days ago
    Quoted from Robotoes:

    I'd be particularly interested in a tumbler that is large, and that has a different method of attaching the lid than the normal threaded rod / wingnut. I'm not sure this exists though, but thats been the point of failure on the two I've gone through so far.

    What goes wrong?

    #11 4 days ago
    Quoted from sixpakmopar:

    I have a tumbler from Eastwood

    I missed this. Do you have the large / 18lb model? I'm curious if it's size/weight makes it run any quieter. Like many I am sure, I run mine for 12-24 hours at a time. Usually in a garage, but sometimes I like to work in the area and the noise of my old ones sucked.

    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    What goes wrong?

    The two I've gone through in the last 5-6 years, same failure - threaded rod digs into the plastic top, boring out the hole in plastic top further, which causes the thread range to become damaged over time...leading to not being able to really tighten the lid down...starts spinning...constantly trying to re-tighten while it's tumbling. Hope this makes sense!

    #12 4 days ago

    Frankfort Quick-n-ez vibratory tumbler.
    Ive used walnut shells charged with Flitz metal polish .
    I polish anything metal. Put the parts in a cup, spurt a generous amount of polish on the parts then dump it all in the tumbler for a day or three.
    Does a fine job.

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    #13 4 days ago
    Quoted from Robotoes:

    The two I've gone through in the last 5-6 years, same failure - threaded rod digs into the plastic top, boring out the hole in plastic top further, which causes the thread range to become damaged over time...leading to not being able to really tighten the lid down...starts spinning...constantly trying to re-tighten while it's tumbling. Hope this makes sense!

    Run a couple of nuts onto the threaded rod so they end up under the lid. Tighten them against each other. Install a larger washer on top. Once set in place, the top should come in contact with the washer and hold it tight in place when you tighten the top wing nut.

    #14 2 hours ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    That's pretty clever. And the tape actually holds for a long period of time?

    Yep. I let it run over night.

    #15 1 hour ago

    What about for bigger mechs or pieces? Anybody tried sandblasting bigger parts? Who would have a sandblasting unit that I could ask to clean some parts?

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