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Thumbler's Tumbler & O rings


#1

Why is it so hard to find replacement O rings for these tumblers?
I’ve looked through the archives for a source, but haven’t had any
luck in a direct match.

The company who makes Thumbler’s Tumblers, True Square Metal
Products, doesn’t have a Web site, either.

I’m going to call the company tomorrow, but in the meantime, does
anyone have a good source for the o-ring (or gasket) for the lid for
the 3 lb. tumbler?

I noticed a nick in my O ring and I’ve got at least 3 more loads I
want to tumble before my show on Saturday. Wish me luck that my ring
holds out!

Thanks,
Tracy
Tracy’s Treasures


#2

Tracy,

I do not have a response on the O ring. Let me quote from my Gyroc
vibrating tumbler instructions. “After preparing all and before
putting on the lid, stretch at least 2 layers of cling type plastic
kitchen sheet over the tumbler, then put on the lid.”

HTH
Terrie


#3

It’s super easy to find a replacement O ring for this tumbler – Rio
sells them! They are about $3.00 each.

In the Rio catalog the tumbler is not called a Thumler’s Tumbler,
but that’s what it is. You can buy a whole new barrel, or just the O
rings. The same size O ring for lid also works as the doo hikey that
connects the motor to the part that turns. (Wow, that was
inarticulate, guess I should get some sleep.)

Elaine

Elaine Luther
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com
Hard to Find Tools for Metal Clay


#4

Tracy,

I also use a Thumbler’s and they do have a website. You can find them
at http://www.thumlerstumbler.com

Good Luck
Greg DeMark
email: greg@demarkjewelry.com
Website: www.demarkjewelry.com
Custom Jewelry - Handmade Jewelry - Antique Jewelry


#5

We carry Thumler’s Tumblers and if you get nowhere with the company,
contact Margie@artclayworld.com, and have her get one for you right
away. I’m sure it will be no problem.

Jackie


#6

Hi Tracy, why not take your tumbler barrel to an engineering supply
company? Most commercialy available machinery uses of the shelf O
rings, so they will probably have one that fits on the shelf, at a
fraction of the price the company will charge! If it is a funny
size, you can buy kits to make your own - just lengths of the rubber
that you cut to the size you want, then super glue together. A tip
is to cut the rubber on an angle, then the other end on the same
angle to give the glue the maximum surface area.

Good luck !
Philip Wells in sunny Nelson


#7
Why is it so hard to find replacement O rings for these tumblers?

O rings can be made. Save the old O ring, take it to a hardware shop
or hydraulic shop. There they can be made to order. Get several for
spares.

You can make them yourself if you wish. Cut to fit with a clean
single edge gem razor blade. then glue together with a good super
glue. A better way is to weld both ends together with a clean, hot,
cheap, knife blade. Get both ends hot simultaneously and then push
the ends together. Some slight flashing will be left at the junction,
just trim it to a smooth.

There are power transmission " O rings " which are available. These
are tougher, otherwise they work the same. I remember them being red
in color.

Robb


#8

Look in the Yellow pages (Classified listings for those outside
North America) under hydraulic equipment or Heavy Machinery. They
usually stock O rings in a wide verity of sizes and many also have
the equipment to do custom sizes. All you need to know is the
diameter of the o ring Material and the diameter or length of the
outer circumference… Let your fingers do the walking, Call and ask

Kay