cement mixer for stainless steel pin tumbler?


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rondog
January 7, 2013, 02:05 AM
I'd love to get into using the SS pins and wet method for cleaning & polishing brass, because I hear it works so well. But the small capacity of the Thumlers Model B is what holds me back. I could get this little cement mixer from Northern Tool for about the same price, with a far larger capacity. Has anybody done anything like this? Or know anybody that has?

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Ifishsum
January 7, 2013, 02:49 AM
I've seen something similar to that being used for tumbling cases, yes. Not sure what kind of media they were using though.

kingmt
January 7, 2013, 07:44 AM
I've read about it being done several times.

FROGO207
January 7, 2013, 08:07 AM
Somebody on here made one with a five gallon bucket and it worked well IIRC. Anything that rotates and has paddles in it will do the job but one designed for the job would be more efficient/dependable IMHO. I got a Thumlers for around $25 used at a local gun shop and it works well for me small loads and all.:) Smaller loads for 2 hours for spotless brass as opposed to 3 times as much and run overnight for only outside cleaning is a no brainer in my book.:cool:

blarby
January 7, 2013, 09:04 AM
LOUD !

Lol.....

Otherwise, your biggest problem would be falling height brass neck dings.

Go for it.

Blackrock
January 7, 2013, 11:12 AM
Maybe reduce the heigth of the paddles or remove two if there are four of them.

cberge8
January 7, 2013, 11:22 AM
There was a guy on here last Christmas who's wife bought him one for that purpose. From what I remember, it works well, just extremely loud!

NeuseRvrRat
January 7, 2013, 03:53 PM
it'll work, but it'll take a lot of pins ($$$$)

kingmt
January 7, 2013, 04:47 PM
What I read they removed the pedals altogether. Maybe try it both ways.

rcmodel
January 7, 2013, 04:59 PM
it'll work, but it'll take a lot of pins ($$$$) This!!

rc

WNTFW
January 8, 2013, 12:56 AM
I think there are some threads on the Brian Enos Forum for DIY wet tumblers.

Before going bigger I would go to a 2 batch system. A lot more flexibility that way. I have 3 vibratory & find it convenient to have different batches. Plus I tumble lube off at some point after sizing, so that is just a short run in the cleanest media.

The roller systems with 6" PVC can get too big (heavy) to handle according to what I have read. I have used a roller system to tumble case lube onto cases, which is why I made my own case lube.

On the cement mixer you can spray the inside with bedliner or undercoating according to legend.

I do know of 1 guy that uses the cement mixer with a solution. I heard the process second hand from his brother a few years back. The guy & his wife shoot a lot.

Personally managing any kind of chemistry is not something I want to do. I also avoid getting brass wet if at all possible. Wet tumbling sure does do a good job though.

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