I’m trying to research magnetic tumblers. It seems that most are made
either by Ikohe of Japan (a.k.a. Raytech at Rio Grande and other
places) or “Best Built”, apparently a Korean company. I’m looking for
a smaller model. [I do small batches of rings, pendants, and smaller
pieces in fine and sterling silver. I also do some Art Clay silver
pieces that like some “in-the-cracks” polishing.]
The Ikohe’s seem to be very well built and are sold by a number of
But they are very expensive. The “Best Built” are not as readily
available, but are less expensive.
Q1. Does anyone have experience with the “Best Built” magnetic
tumblers, especially the small or medium sizes (Otto Frie, Gesswein,
and AJS each carry one or another sizes)? Is there another brand
that works well, holds up, and is not a bank-buster.
Q2. Would I be able to convert a magnetic stirrer unit to a magnetic
tumbler if I simply buy a bowl from one of the venders (like Ikohe)
and add the water and appropriate stainless steel shot? What goes on
under the hood of a magnetic tumbler that is different from a
Many thanks in advance!