Timers for my tumbler


October 7, 2011, 03:05 PM
Ok, I've left my tumbler on for WAY too long one too many times :).

I'm looking to get an electric timer for it, but I'm having trouble.

Just about all of the ones I find in the stores seem to be for running outside lights and stuff. From what I've seen, they mostly turn on at a given time of day and run for a set time.

Naturally, with a tumbler I don't want it turning on every day at a certain time, nor would I prefer to be fiddling with a clock.

Do any of these have a manual override type function where I can just say "Run for 4 hours" and it does that, just once, until I come back and tell it to go again?

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October 7, 2011, 03:08 PM
Yes. Home Depot has that type too.

October 7, 2011, 03:17 PM
Even the cheap mechanical light timers work just fine.

They have one trip you set to turn ON and another tip you set to turn OFF.

Just use the ON one to turn it on, and then pull it up until it clicks.
The OFF one will then turn it off at whatever length of time you have set it.
But the ON one is out of service until you push it down to turn it on again.


October 7, 2011, 10:57 PM
Cheapie indoor lamp timer. Set the number of hours you want. Disregard the time. Rotate it until it comes on.

Mine repeats every 24hrs. I just unplug it when I pull the brass out later that day---or the next day---or the next. :eek:shineeee.

October 7, 2011, 11:34 PM
Thanks guys. I took the Home Depot suggestion and went there. The guy in the electrical department didn't think any of them would do what I wanted, but luckily I was able to lookup the user's manuals on my phone before I picked one out :).

Got the GE Heavy Duty Indoor Timer (I think the model # was 15079 - packaging is out in the shed). Besides the scheduled things (which I left blank), you can take it to a section called "Countdown" where you store a run time (I put in 5 hours). From then on out if you just press and hold the "HOUR" and "MINUTE" button at the same time, it'll crank up and run till that countdown expires.

The tumbler is going on it's first run that way. As long as it all works out it should work well. The timer was less than $15.

October 8, 2011, 06:53 AM
I use a 12-hour wind-up timer on my tumbler, similar to a bathroom fan timer. 2-4 hours with corn cob does the job nicely. This one's similar, you need to mount it in a box and add an outlet and extension cord:


October 8, 2011, 09:46 AM
I set mine for three hours, start it and let it go. The first time it did run three hours a day for about a week. All I got was very shiny brass, inside and out. Now I unplug it as I go by, after it has run.
I went to HD because it didn't soak in that you could just move the dial around to have it start immediately. The $15 price there caused me to rethink the $1 ones i already had.

wild willy
October 8, 2011, 03:34 PM
I have one like the one posted by mbopp has worked fine for 8 or so years

October 8, 2011, 03:44 PM
I just use one of these, and it works great. Don't be intimidated by all the pins and "setting it to the correct time", none of that is necessary. I turn it on by turning the little wheel "on", then put in one "off" pin to stop it after how ever many hours I want. There's no need to "set the time", or use any of the other pins, unless you really want your tumbler to come on and go off at certain times of the day.

Simple and cheap.


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