Recently I noticed a local discount tool store was advertising those "rock type" tumblers really cheap. I've also seen them in Cabelas,, etc. type catalogs advertised as case tumblers. Any experience or comments :) ?
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January 25, 2005, 11:41 PM
I've been down that road and believe me, it ain't worth it. Spend $100 on a good tumbler and you'll never have to worry about it.
January 26, 2005, 03:39 AM
Those rotary drum rock tumblers are quiet, but slower to clean brass. The guys that use them say they clean the insides of the cases better than the vibratory type, if that matters to you. I have the vibratory type and like them and I think you will find most reloaders are probably using the vibratory type tumbler.
January 26, 2005, 06:02 AM
Spend $100 and get two good ones from MidwayUSA.
January 26, 2005, 06:22 AM
I use a Lyman Turbo 1200 vibrator, this was the first and so far only case cleaner I have had. It has been used for about 17 years, no problems, no complaints.
January 26, 2005, 09:34 AM
I use a rock tumbler that I bought for about $10 at a garage sale 20 years ago. It still works fine. Capacity of mine is 100 thirty-eight special cases.
January 26, 2005, 09:41 AM
Spend $100 and get two good ones from MidwayUSA.
Sisco speaks the truth. Midway has a Frankford Arsenal tumbler for something like $45.00. I've been using one for a few years now. It's not the biggest and it's not the best, but it works just fine.
We have a rotory rock tumbler that my daughter tumbles rocks in that I can't imagine using for my brass.
January 26, 2005, 10:56 AM
+1 to the Midway deal. Mine was $40 bucks I think, and it works just fine. I can't really imagine getting a rock tumbler cheaper than that and having it work any better.
January 26, 2005, 12:21 PM
RCBS has a nice rotary tumbler. Slow and a bit messy. Still it excells at one application. Washing cases that have been used with blackpowder. At that there is absolutely nothing better. REALLY slick.
RCBS also makes a normal tumbler. Nice is you have a small lot of brass to polish. Not capable, however, of handling big loads.
Dillon has a huge tumbler. Works wonders if you have a REAL pile of brass to clean. Excellent machine.
I've also owned many of the Lyman tumblers. All burned out within a couple of years.
January 26, 2005, 02:40 PM
I have a Lyman 2200 Auto-Flow that I frequently load to capacity. I've had it for about four or five years and it runs maybe 400 hours a year. Still going strong.
Can't comment about the other models as I haven't tried them. It doesn't cost a lot more to go to the larger bowls and it's nice to have the capacity if you need it.
January 26, 2005, 03:32 PM
Berrys 400 tumbler $52.99 delivered ;)
January 26, 2005, 04:00 PM
I vote for a vibrating tumbler. Easy to add cases, check cases and durable. I have had a Lyman tumbler for 18+ years. I think I might have taken it apart to clean once (MAYBE twice). No problems, EVER. ;)
January 27, 2005, 12:39 AM
I do the $5 used rock tumbler thing. Works for me.
January 27, 2005, 11:11 AM
My buddys rcbs 'green machine' really motates compared to my little Midway machine.There is no comparing the two as to shaking the cases around.
January 27, 2005, 11:23 AM
Another vote for the Midway/Frankfort Arsenal tumbler. It is $45 retail, and a bit under $34 if you have a C&R. I do, and I got mine about 2 months ago. I had thousands of cases of all sizes that needed cleaning, and I ran the thing damn near constantly on two weekends and for about 5 hours every evening in between. No hiccups, no problems, clean cases. I only wish that it was bigger, but for $34 I can't really complain. Anyhow, now that my bulk tumbling is done with, I usually only do a cleaning when I return from the range.
One of the goals of reloading is to save money so that you can shoot more for the same amount. Saving time is also important, because your time is worth something. The Midway product is quite cheap, yet has a pretty decent capacity. Buy it, and then go to a pet shop or (better yet) a feed store to get walnut and corn media. You'll be out the door on all of it for well under $100, and have a supply of media that will last you years.
Another tip - take a used fabric softener sheet, rip it into 4 pieces and toss them in with the cases and media. It cuts down on dust, and helps to keep the media cleaner (thus resulting in better cleaning for your cases and a somewhat longer life for each batch of media). Of course, toss them out each time you run a load of cases and replace with a new sheet. If you have a family, you'll have no problems with the supply of sheets.
January 29, 2005, 04:26 PM
SASS#23149...So that's how you get people to pronounse our state of Oregon (Orygun) properly. L O L ...Born there and raised in Coos Bay. Brother still there.
Lyman Turbo 1200. Has been working for about 15 years almost without stopping and has never been cleaned (guess I should). I use Olsen's Media (finely ground corncob and chromium oxide) About 3 bucks for 2 lbs and lasts for ever.
Instead of fabric softener I have used cut up paper towel to collect the dust and dirt. Since I started using this stuff I haven't bothered.
February 15, 2005, 10:57 AM
Sam Adams Said, "It is $45 retail, and a bit under $34 if you have a C&R."