All, The other day my Lyman tumbler thumbed its’ nose at me and
walked off the job. It was probably offended by my using it for the
ignominious task of burnishing jewelry when all the while it was
destined to bring about glamour in shell casings for ammunition.
Nonetheless, since I have become dangerously addicted to the
capabilities of vibratory tumblers…please don’t jump to
unwarranted conclusions… I had the ominous task of expeditiously
finding a replacement for my indispensible item of equipment.
Henceforth, I went to the yellow pages ( not to be confused with
yellow snow, inspite of the obvious similarity ) and queried
"ammunition loaders". Right away it came up with a panoply of people
who polish gun shells. I suppose that a polished gun shell will
dispatch people with a certain amount of elan. I went to my nearest
purveyor of self defense killing devices and he got straight to the
point telling me that the appropriate machine was available in his
shop for an amount that was not identifiable on his box. It seems
that he was looking for a bar code and had overlooked the price tag.
Nonetheless he tested me with a price that was fifteen dollars higher
than the $59.95 price that was prominently displayed on the box. When
I told him that the telephone price quoted was "about sixty dollars"
he capitulated and delivered the device without further
When I got to my place of business I discovered that the gizmo was
not designed to be used WET. It was designed for dry burnishing
only…dilemna time. I carefully examined it and determined that
the basic chassis could readily be converted using the old bowl of
the defunct machine. Changing the bowl of the old machine was a
daunting task and I had to make sure that I sealed off the electrical
underpinnings by using O rings,the center spine has to be
isolated so that liquids couldn’t migrate downward.
I guess that the basic moral of this obfuscated bit of advice is
that you should determine beforehand whether your vibratory tumbler
has a WET capability ! And , since having a wet capability is subject
to various interpretations, one should be especially vigilant about
misinterpretation of mechanical capabilities of
various devices. Obtusely, Ron at Mills Gem Co. Los Osos, Ca