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#1 Rotorranch

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:06 PM

I'm about to order a Thumler's Tumbler. I'm looking for a recommendation as to whether I want a Model B, or a Model B HS.

Both seem to be hard to find.

I also tried to order media from Buffalo Arms, and it came up out of stock.

Thanks.

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:24 PM

I think most people use the model B, the HS is the high speed version and uses a higher rpm motor (I know mine is the standard B).  Buffalo Arms shows the media in stock, just not combined with the compound. But you can use just about any similar ceramic media. I've tried the compound, it seems to leave a bit of a film, which is great for cartridge brass but not so much for something you'll want to solder to.  That's what I have found, anyway.   Plenty of places to get both.

 

BTW, I'm assuming you mis-spelled Thumbler's Tumbler  :)


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:38 PM

BTW, I'm assuming you mis-spelled Thumbler's Tumbler  :)

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:56 PM

  Try Harbor Freight's ceramic media also, it's easy to find and does a good job.  I've also eliminated using anything other than Dawn dishwashing liquid and water in my tumbler due to difficulties soldering afterwards.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 01:00 PM

Seems to be out of stock most everywhere, except for a couple of over priced sellers.

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 02:29 PM

Me and one of the guys I race with bought the HF tumbler that has two cannisters that set side by side.    My buddy got some pvc and made a one piece cannister the size of the two small ones.    One end solid and the other end has a screw on cap.  It works fine.   It is in his shop and he  is not driven like me, so I don't send much stuff to him to be tumbled.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 02:42 PM

https://www.harborfr...bler-67632.html

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 02:52 PM

Try this link: https://www.activepo...ASABEgKed_D_BwE


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 02:54 PM

Places can advertise a low price all they want, but if they don;t have it in stock, it's worthless.  There's also a used one on ebay for $90 with about 3 days to go


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 02:56 PM

I also came cross this one....seems well built

 

https://accubrass.co...sstumblingmedia


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 03:23 PM

 

I've seen this on their web site - but no dimensions for the drums - large enough to accommodate a (1/32) assembled chassis?

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 05:05 PM

Allan, it is appx.     10 long and 4-6 in diameter, if you make a new one piece canister.


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:52 AM

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I got mine on Amazon and talk to Swiss he told me what he uses Still have it all in Boxes have yet to use it Lol at the time it seamed like a good thing just like the compressor and Spray gun and Booth but only 10% OF THE 2-1/2 CAR garage is mine till she stops teaching so in the boxes they stay for now in a few years she says LoL 

 

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 09:25 AM

Allan, it is appx.     10 long and 4-6 in diameter, if you make a new one piece canister.

 Curious how you would make a new canister ? A bit off topic but I'm looking for an inexpensive way to clean old bottles. I collect vintage Coke bottles and tumbling them with cut pieces of copper wire gets them nice & clear again. 


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 09:49 AM

My buddy has the tumbler at his place.    He made a new canister from a piece of pvc pipe,  I don't know the diameter maybe 4-6 inch pipe, and he glued a solid cap on one end and  a threaded cap for the other end.    Next time  I go out there I will take a picture.  Obviously it was too hard to do.   Probably you could even take the two canisters that come with it and  cut open the end of one canister and make the two of them one piece.   

 

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 10:28 AM

I've got the Thumbler's Model B when Mike Steube recommended it  and have used it for nearly 10 years with GREAT results. Simple ceramic media and a tiny bit of Dawn in water.  I usually tumble overnight because it's easy and cleans up the chassis extremely well. I've tumbled as many as 5 chassis at a time!!  You can't beat the results-- it's well worth the money and doing it right is always a good thing! 


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 10:57 AM

I use Dawn and the stuff from Buffalo arms, and I don't see much of a difference.

I used a bit of both, on the last FCR Hardbody chassis I tumbled for a customer, and it came out spectacular.

I think I may have the high-speed model. The motor says 3000 RPM on it.

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