As for polishing with it - yes it can be done, and some do. It's
so much simpler to just polish one or two or six pieces that it
doesn't pay to tumble them to final.
I don’t use it to “polish”, as it doesn’t polish things, but
burnishes them. I don’t like the finish it gives and that is never my
end result - apart from on handmade chains. I prefer to polish
afterwards for a better, less “dead” shine. I will then, perhaps just
continue to use my tumbler for finishing my handmade chains.
Incidentally, my bench polisher with dust extraction is now up and
running! Finally, the woman takes the advice so many have been
offering for so long! It’s ace, brilliant, fandabidozy, the dog’s
danglies, etc!!! I’m actually enjoying using it, and it’s finally
giving me the mirror polish I’ve been wanting - and I no longer look
like a chimney sweep!
Anyone still using a Dremel or Foredom or the like to polish pieces,
seriously invest in a bench polisher - it takes finishing to the
next level. I’m still having to use my Foredom for hard-to-reach
places, which I do first, then it’s onto the bench polisher for a
I resized my brother’s gold wedding ring a couple of weeks ago
(which he’d been unable to wear for years due to putting weight on
thanks to steroid meds). I had to insert a 3 mm new piece of gold
into it, then obviously round it up, file, sand, etc, etc. He wanted
to wear it again as he and his wife just celebrated their silver
wedding anniversary. He said it now fits better than it ever did,
that the joints are invisible and also that it is shinier than it
ever was too! He also noticed the bevel I filed into it, which had
worn away previously. His was the second one subjected to my new
bench polisher (after a less important guinea pig piece went through
first). Don’t know how I ever managed without it.
Thanks to everyone for singing the praises of what is an essential