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New vibratory tumbler advice


#1

Greetings!

I have a question for the group. I am in need of a new vibratory
tumbler that will be able to use SS shot and a liquid polish. For
nearly 10 years I used a very inexpensive one and it lasted quite
well. Now I purchased a new one which was not designed to use SS
shot. Needless to say it vibrated itself into multiple pieces. Does
anyone have suggestions for me? I was hoping to find one that is
somewhat small.

Thanks,
Jean


#2
Needless to say it vibrated itself into multiple pieces. Does
anyone have suggestions for me? I was hoping to find one that is
small 

Gy-roc is small, it is vibratory, can use steel shot. The bowls can
be piggybacked To have two bowls at once. I have model B, I have had
different vibratory tumblers, I favor this one. It has really good
action and I think it is faster than some larger ones I have owned.


#3

Jean - vibratory tumblers are not really very good for steel. Get a
small rotary one, and you will save time and get great results. The
only vibratory tumblers that I’m familiar with that are rated for
steel cost about $600 and require 40 pounds of steel to be
effective.

That’s heavy and expensive!

The only little vibe that has a hope of running steel is the
Mini-sonic from Diamond Pacific. I don’t like it much for steel, but
some of my friends use it. It isn’t cheap either, but you don’t need
a heavy load of steel to make it work properly. It is fairly small.

Judy Hoch


#4

Hi there, I was able to buy a used refurbished Raytech 25 designedfor
steel shot from Rio for around $250. Fine shot is expensive but what
Idid is just buy a few pounds of finer shot and then I found 20
pounds of 4mm stainless shot for $100 on ebay. This works just fine
for most pieces and if I need to tumble something with just the fine
shot I put it into a plastic measuring cup which I set in the bowl,
the vibrating action tumbles the fine shot very quickly in the cup.
You may have to experiment with different sizes of plastic cups or
containers but so far this has worked very well
for me. Good vibes. D.


#5

Thanks to those on this group that took the time to discuss tumblers
with me. I ended up ordering a little rotary tumbler from Rio. I was
encouraged by it’s made in USA origin. I hope it is as good as, and
as easy as my former vibratory tumbler.

Jean Menden