Harbor Freight 18lb Tumbler


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tabealer
November 3, 2011, 11:18 PM
Hey all,

I just bought the huge vibratory cleaner from hf. I am actually impressed with the unit. Quiet, smooth, heavy. I've run 2 loads through it so far. 1 was about 1200 .223 shells. Had a good rolling motion in the bowl. Cleaned really nice and saved a LOT of time.

HF has them on sale for $150. I used the 20% off coupon and got it for $120. I flipped for the 2 year warranty but after setting it up I'm thinking it wasn't necessary.

TAB

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bds
November 3, 2011, 11:26 PM
For $100, I would pick up 2 Cabela's (Berry's) tumblers (http://www.cabelas.com/tumblers-scales-cabelas-case-tumbler.shtml?WT.tsrc=CSE&WT.mc_id=GoogleBaseUSA&WT.z_mc_id1=731767&rid=40&mr:trackingCode=38017452-F5D2-DF11-82EF-001B21631C34&mr:referralID=NA) with these capacities:

9mm: 1000
45acp: 600
223: 450
30-06: 250

So, I could be tumbling 900 .223 cases at once or 1000 9mm and 600 45ACP. :D

Besides, Berry's tumbler is essentially all made in USA except for the motor, if that matters.

jcwit
November 3, 2011, 11:41 PM
Hope you have better luck than I had. Went thru 4 before I just asked for my money back. Bearings went out in less than 2 weeks of operation.

I agree with bds!

tabealer
November 4, 2011, 03:44 PM
bds & Jcwit, both good comments and sage advice. What can I say, I like bigger and was thinking about one of the big Lyman tumblers (which would be cheaper) but I have been itching for a test of one of these. The 1200 shells I put in it by no means maxed it out. I am going to have to acquire a bunch more brass to test this thing or re-do my stash as I do think it needs to be run through it's paces. I know HF doesn't have the best reputation. Their 5 lb tumbler has a very poor rating but the 18 lb only had a few ratings and they were all 5 stars.

Just thought if someone needed to process a metric butt-load, this one seems to do the trick. Just have to go in with eyes wide open.

TAB

Shadow 7D
November 4, 2011, 03:54 PM
I wouldn't necessarily do the vibe tumbler, but I have heard good things about the drum tumblers

jcwit
November 4, 2011, 04:20 PM
I know HF doesn't have the best reputation.

I wouldn't necessarly say that as they backed their product with no questions asked and no hassle. It was just that the bronze bearing bushings didn't hold up.

rondog
November 4, 2011, 04:49 PM
I'm tired of farting around, my next one will be a Thumler's Model B high-speed with the stainless steel pin media.

45Frank
November 4, 2011, 05:27 PM
I've had a Midway tumbler since about 1990 or so. Use it sometime for weeks on end with out stopping. Never had a problem yet.
I've been buying midway product since meeting I think her name was Sara at an NRA show back in Philadelphia in 98.

hvychev77
November 5, 2011, 07:52 AM
i had one from HF. it was crap. i got a cabelas/ berry and it much nicer. the one from HF lasted 6 months and locked up.

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