Frankford tumbler R.I.P.


April 12, 2007, 10:21 PM
The Frankford just quit so I took it back to Sportsman's Warehouse, I've had it for 3-4 months and I was told that satisfaction was only guaranteed for 30 days and I was on my own :mad: so a manager was summoned, he reluctantly agreed to a exchange. I made my way back to the tumbler isle, the Frankford was out of stock :( so I grabbed a Hornady 1 gal tumble and paid the $ 15 difference. I am glad it worked out this way the Hornady tumbler is 1/2 the noise and does not annoy me when it running :) I do miss the inline switch on the Frankford, which may have been the reason for the failure.

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April 12, 2007, 10:54 PM
I have had one for several years it has the Midway brand name, it predates the frankort brand name. I have never had a problem with it. Hell I even forgot about it once and ran it for a week!!! No problem. Brass was really shiney too!!!:D

April 12, 2007, 11:24 PM
I've got one with the Midway logo on it, also. I bought it used and have put 2000+ rounds thru it at 100-200 per session. I like shiny brass so I'll let it run outside for 3-7 hours each time. No problems with it. The previous owner had it for several years.
FYI - I kinda like to use TufNut media over corncob as it brightens the brass faster. More static electricity though. :cool:

April 13, 2007, 06:38 AM
Had you contacted Midway/Frankford, they would have repaired it for you. I don't know where you got thirty days at, but the warranty on those as far as I know has been lifetime for those I've heard about who contacted Midway/Frankford, regardless of the problem.

I've had the same one for 6-7 years. No problems. If it does fail, I'll call Midway for repairs/parts/replacement.



April 13, 2007, 09:02 AM
Yep, the Midway/Frankford products are warranted for lifetime. My tumbler is a Midway Model 1292 that has served me for years without a single issue. In 1998 there was recall fire hazard but I have turned mine in yet, I am waiting until it gets a little older.

April 13, 2007, 09:16 AM
my midway tumbler died last year:(

it had the life time warranty.

shipped it back and was replaced w\the frankfort.

IIRC they only come with a 2 yr.warr.

pls. correct me if i'm wrong.


April 13, 2007, 02:22 PM
My Frankfort tumbler rattled itself apart the first time I used it. All the nuts holding the motor to the bowl loosened up or fell off and it made a lot of noise - luckily I caught it early. I Put it back together with loc-tite and it's been fine ever since, but shouldn't have to do that with new equipment IMO.

Seven High
April 13, 2007, 07:55 PM
I bought a Frankford tumbler combination at a gun show recently. It was defective out of the box. I believe that the off/on switch is defective. I had to send it back to the factory in Missouri. I am still waiting for it to return.:mad:

April 13, 2007, 11:27 PM
bought mine at a gun show in 83 clean & lube it twice a year with g96 or 3in1 oil. its a midway1292 model& ive forgotten it for a couple days but it was fine ,not even warm!!


Peter M. Eick
April 14, 2007, 08:21 AM
I retired my midway 1292 this winter and upgraded to a thumbler's tumbler. Yes it was expensive, but I was shocked at the quietness, and how much quicker it cleaned the brass then the 1292. Either way I will keep my old midway around for those small jobs. I think mine has been going around 12 years so I am glad I did not buy another frankford to supplement it.

April 14, 2007, 08:22 PM
I have been running my 1292 for the last 3 days cleaning a lot of old brass I had lying around. I have had it for about 12 +/- years now and it still works great.

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