I have a rotary tumbler and it is about as loud as the bathroom exhaust fan. If you put padding under your vibratory tumbler then you are taking away from its effectiveness.
January 4, 2008, 12:36 AM
I have a Franklin vibratory tumbler and I place it in a closet in one of the bedrooms. With the door to the closet closed, it muffles the noise quite nicely. If you can put it in a room that isn't used much at all, it should cut down the noise quite well. It sits on the carpeted floor in a closet with some clothes and boxes in it to help absorb the noise. Just make sure there's plenty of room around it for air to circulate.
January 4, 2008, 01:23 AM
FWIW I have a little Franklin tumbler that makes much more noise than my big Dillon. I too use the light timer trick, just make sure it's rated for enough current.
January 4, 2008, 02:54 AM
Rotary type tumblers. My vibratory is out in the shed. Nice and quiet there, if your inside.
How well do the rotary type tumblers work? So far as I can tell, I can get them noticeably cheaper and they'd take up less space. Here in my apartment, size and noise are certainly concerns.
January 4, 2008, 08:57 AM
Never used one. I hear they are much quieter. I dunno, but it makes sense.
And oh yea, my vibratory tumbler in the shed sits on a 3/4" rubber mat. My work bench mat. I can hear it, barely, at the back door of my house about 30 yards away.
January 4, 2008, 12:38 PM
Rotary tumblers work just fine. Maybe not quite as fast as vibratory polishers, but much quieter. I use a single barrel Thumbler my wife abandoned. It is fairly small, but will do 20-30 8mm Mausers at a time. Heavily oxidized cases may take 2 hours, but half an hour with white cob and NuFinish gets rid of case lube and makes loaded rounds as pretty and shiny as premium factory ammo.
January 4, 2008, 12:58 PM
I wouldnt set a bucket box etc. over my tumblers. The motor needs the air flow. Myself, I set my case tumblers outside.
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