I purchased a small Lortone rotary tumbler (3-5 pound) a while back.
After less than 100 hours tumbling time, the motor burned out.
Rather than complain, I figured I would be better off with a larger
tumbler anyway, so I purchased their dual-barrel production-type
tumbler. I can’t remember for certain, but I think it cost about
$175. Now my dilemna is that one of the barrels bursts open - on
average - once an hour. I probably have about 100 hours tumbling
time on the barrel (maximum). There is no shot around the edges, I’m
not overfilling or overloading the barrel. I am so tired of cleaning
shot and liquid from my workspace. Is 100 hours the maximum that
these barrels are meant to last? If so, paying $40 for another
barrel every few months is out of the question.
I need a tumbler that can be used daily for approximately 4-5 hours
a day. Rotary is a must, as I need the work-hardening action that
the rotary tumblers provide. And I am using stainless steel shot.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a reliable tumbler that I
will not have to replace within one year?