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Vibratory tumbler under $100 price range


#1

I am looking for a vibratory tumbler, approximately 1 - 1.5 gallon
in size. After reading old ganoksin posts, it’s been mentioned that
one can purchase ‘reloader’ tumblers for under $100 from gun shops.
Since I would not be using this 24/7 or even daily, it sounds like
the way to go for me as I’d be using it for prepolishing silver.

However, in checking further, these tumblers (the ones I’ve been
able to locate) all say ‘dry media’ only and will not uphold the
warranty if used w/ wet media.

Can anybody using one of these provide me with the name of a machine
they’ve been happy with that is made primarily for reloading that is
in the under $100 price range. I see Harbor Freight has one but have
seen that panned in reviews…

Thanks,
Liane Redpath Worlund


#2

Liane

Can anybody using one of these provide me with the name of a
machine they've been happy with that is made primarily for
reloading that is in the under $100 price range. I see Harbor
Freight has one but have seen that panned in reviews... 

I have a large vibratory tumbler that I got from Midway- A gunsmith’s
supply company. You can use them dry or wet. I purchased mine 3 years
ago and it is rolling along just fine. You have to use common sense,
and not fill it so full that it overflows the center upraised
mounting point, and keep the lid on. Another thing to consider, is
that most of the time you are going to void the warranty anyway
because you will be using it as a professional, or commercially.

Tim


#3

Liane:

I bought a couple of ‘Thumler’s tumblers’ vibratory donut polishers
once upon a time. (reloader’s tumblers) (The big ones, #UV-45)

I then bought a ‘replacement’ flow-thru bowl for Rio’s big expensive
(red) donut polisher. The bowl was identical, right down to the mould
marks. All they’d done was add a set of NPT fittings to get the water
in and out. The only tricky part was that the bottom fitting had a
sort of linear grate over it to keep the media from jamming it up.
Worse-come-to-worse, you could probably use nylon or teflon screen
over a plastic 1/8" NPT nipple fitting, and be just fine. (I bought
one of theirs just to see what they’d done. Having seen it, I
wouldn’t buy another one. Just frankenform one of your existing
bowls.)

I used them for a couple of years with two wet, and one dry. Worked
great. I even had a big ‘gang’ water tank that’d feed the wet ones,
and they both drained into the same settling tank. Rigged it with a
float switch to pump the water up to the upper tank every so often,
so I didn’t fry the pump by running it 24/7.

The wet tumblers lived on a rack that held them about 3 feet off the
floor. The ‘fresh’ water tank was above them, and the settling tank
was below. When the level in the upper tank got down to a certain
point, that’d trip the pump to fill the tank back up. When it got up
to a certain point, that’d switch the pump back off.

I’d go get the details, but they’re in a crate 3000 miles from me at
the moment.

HTH,
Brian.


#4

Liane

I have a small vibratory tumbler and use it for small loads of
silver. (I am a small jewelry artist and do some repair work for a
local jeweler.) The vibrating tumbler I have is called "Tumble Vibe"
made by Raytech. It does a fine job and is made for wet medium.
Harbor freights tumbler is a waste of money. However the Tumble Vibe
is around $100 but it is not gallon size… It is more 1 quart size. I
also have a 15lb Thumblers Tumbler which is a rotary tumbler. It was
$160. It is impressive. I can load it down with a lot of weight. I
would not put more delicate/fine pieces in there. They really take a
ride. I think I bought both of these from Kingsley North but they are
for sale at many different jewelry suppliers.

Good luck and have fun! :slight_smile:
Joy


#5
Can anybody using one of these provide me with the name of a
machine they've been happy with that is made primarily for
reloading that is in the under $100 price range. 

There really isn’t any high quality vibe tumblers under $100.
Raytech makes a 4 lb tumbler for under $100 but they are poorly
design and the motor is not durable and the springs are installed
with hot glue. For $165 there is the 4 lb Lot-O-Tumbler that get rave
reviews by rock tumblers on the Rock Tumbling Hobby board
(http://andy321.proboards.com). I’m a fan of the Thumlers Ultravibe.
I have UV-10’s and a UV-18 that pretty much run 24x7.

Rick Copeland
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan
rockymountainwonders.com


#6

Good morning everybody–

I bought a reloader type vibratory tumbler 6 years ago on ebay for
$50. The directions said dry media also. I loaded it with SS shot
and sudzy ammonia and I use it hours on end. It is still going
strong. The bowl is hard plastic so this tumbler is very noisy. I
have to carry it to another room to use it. When it does go I will
get another one just like it. The brand is GRAF.

Jean Menden
www.jmendensilver.com


#7

Thanks to everyone for their input…

I’ve glanced at the Midway USA site…lots of diff models there–

The UV-10 has been on my list of consideration Rick and
interestingly enough I tried to use a LotOTumbler. Instead of a bowl,
it’s like a fat bottle and the opening wasn’t big enough for me to
get a cuff bracelet in so that didn’t fly for me. Very hard to clean
too but I can see it working for rock tumbling…

Thanks again,
Liane