Drillspot! Media King no more.


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GW Staar
April 29, 2013, 06:04 PM
Drillspot used to sell corncob freight-free 40#/$25. A great deal for reloaders. That's history. Now it's $35 and add another $34 freight charge! You can save the freight by buying it from a local Grainger store, but no store, no deal.

Found another more palatable source: Ordered some today from Zorro Products (http://www.zorotools.com/g/Blast%20Media/00054305/), for $28. including their $5.00 freight charge. Same Econoline product.

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1KPerDay
April 29, 2013, 06:27 PM
That sucks... I'll have to stop recommending them.

dragon813gt
April 29, 2013, 06:40 PM
Harbor Freight still sells 25# boxes of crushed walnut for $25.


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howlnmad
April 29, 2013, 07:04 PM
Yeah but crushed walnut can be found in just about any pet store.

ReloaderFred
April 29, 2013, 07:54 PM
I've been buying mine from Zoro Tools for some time now. The 40 pound bag is cheaper than Grainger's, and any order over $50.00 ships free. They also ship very quickly. I've never had a problem finding something else I needed to make $50.00. The current price for 14-20 corn cob is $21.99 for 40 pounds. They also send you coupons for dollars off your next order. The last ones I got were for $15.00 off a $75.00 order, or $25.00 off a $125.00 order, plus the free shipping.

Here's the link: http://www.zorotools.com/g/Blast%20Media/00054305/

I've very satisfied with their products, prices and service.

Hope this helps.

Fred

dragon813gt
April 29, 2013, 08:21 PM
Yeah but crushed walnut can be found in just about any pet store.

Not at that cost and at the correct size so as not to plug flash holes. I never understand why people don't buy the right tool for the job.


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Rule3
April 29, 2013, 08:31 PM
The media sold by drill spot was just the drop shipped Grainger product.

Just a useless piece of info:)

I do not know I will ever use up my 2, 40 lb bags.

That shipping is insane! I never knew how they did ship it free anyway but it's as much as the product!

Thanks for the link to the Zoro products!

jcwit
April 29, 2013, 08:35 PM
Looks like DrillSpot lost their old supplier and went with another that costs much more to say the least.

I see Zorro Products has also lowered their price to $2195 and $2295 depending on grit size.

howlnmad
April 29, 2013, 10:31 PM
Enlighten me. What exactly is the right tool fot the job?

jfrey
April 29, 2013, 11:02 PM
If any of you know someone in the oilfield mud business, they always have broken sacks of walnut hull "lost circulation material" that works great and it won't cost you much to get it.

medalguy
April 30, 2013, 12:17 AM
The "right tool" is media sized small enough so it doesn't get plugged in the flash holes. Corn cob in the 20-40 size will just fall out of the flash holes. Walnut bought from the pet store usually gets stuck, sometimes pretty hard to remove.

Rule3
April 30, 2013, 01:22 AM
If you clean the brass before de-priming it matters not.;)

ArchAngelCD
April 30, 2013, 06:12 AM
Looks like DrillSpot lost their old supplier and went with another that costs much more to say the least.

I see Zorro Products has also lowered their price to $2195 and $2295 depending on grit size.
I don't think I can afford over $2200 for corncob media! ;) Wow, everything is going up these days... :neener:

Yeah, I was very surprised at how much the prices went up at DrillSpot and the additional cost for shipping are way high. I'm glad there are still reasonable alternatives but just in case, I just ordered a 40# bag of 20/40 because my luck is the price will double by the time I'm out and need a restock!

jcwit
April 30, 2013, 09:31 AM
Dang, missed the dot, didn't I.

Taurus 617 CCW
April 30, 2013, 09:54 AM
Walmart has corncob media in the pet section where you find rabbit cage stuff. It was pretty cheap last time I was in.

jcwit
April 30, 2013, 09:57 AM
And way to big! Try digging that stuff out of a .223 case!

splattergun
April 30, 2013, 12:12 PM
I found 2 different ground walnut bedding media at Petco yesterday. The first was in the Bird section, was coarse ground and $11.99 for 7 pounds. The second was in the Reptile section and finer ground. 12.99 for 10 quart bag. It is about 12 pounds. The lizard bedding seems to be small enough.

I think this tool will work without fouling flash holes.

GW Staar
April 30, 2013, 12:18 PM
To put this into perspective....a 40 lb. sack of 20/40 from Zorro is a big feed store gunny sack full......that's a lot of corncob for $28. You won't easily find that deal at any pet shop I can find. I'm sure somebody's going to tell us about the exception. But that won't do me any good in NW New Mexico.:)

fguffey
April 30, 2013, 02:04 PM
If it is made of cast iron, there is a good chance I have more than one, ground up corm media"? I have a commercial Fairbanks and Morris coffee grinder from the 1870s, I have a bone meal grinder, I also have a Little Giant ice crusher/grinder, all hand operated, then there are the electric models. Then there are corn cobs, unless the cob is ground up with the corn it is not easy to get a farm animal to eat them. Any one willing to follow a combine around the field can have all the cob they can haul.

Then, for the old timers, corn cobs still come in two basic colors, red and white.

F. Guffey

mdi
April 30, 2013, 02:12 PM
I have found there are more than one available at pet stores. My first purchase was at Petsmart, and the lizard litter was dark, walnut colored and kinda course. I worked very well. My second purchase was a couple months age and was a "Desert Blend", which was lighter in color (tan, sandy color) and finer in texture. I doesn't clean nearly as well as the original Petsmart lizard litter. Cleans about the same as corn cob from Drillspot.

GW Staar
April 30, 2013, 02:34 PM
I have found there are more than one available at pet stores. My first purchase was at Petsmart, and the lizard litter was dark, walnut colored and kinda course. I worked very well. My second purchase was a couple months age and was a "Desert Blend", which was lighter in color (tan, sandy color) and finer in texture. I doesn't clean nearly as well as the original Petsmart lizard litter. Cleans about the same as corn cob from Drillspot.

My preference is corncob. It makes like-new bling. Walnut cleans faster but scratches....no bling just clean. If that's your preference great. (I don't think the prices are anything to write home about, from what I've seen.)

If I have really bad brass that's tarnished beyond corncob's polishing ability, but yet still sound, I go the Thumler's/stainless steel media route. (or if I just want to feel extra good looking at eye blinding bling inside the cases and out.:rolleyes:) Yes, I can be as compulsive, obsessive as the next guy, some days.:)

jcwit
April 30, 2013, 02:40 PM
10 lbs of corn cob is a heck of a lot more material than 10 lbs of walnut shells. Not to hard to understand, try comparing downy feathers with lead bullets, that is 10 lbs of each.

kayaks
April 30, 2013, 03:00 PM
Just looked at the Zorro website. Good prices, but they will not ship to a PO box. That leaves me out.

So far, the best deal for media with shipping to Alaska, has been through Cabela's, when they offer $5 shipping.

Jesse Heywood
April 30, 2013, 03:58 PM
Then, for the old timers, corn cobs still come in two basic colors, red and white.
And both colors can be burnt for a little heat in the winter. Used them to keep stock tanks from freezing. Didn't even think of saving some for tumbling. :D

hang fire
May 1, 2013, 08:36 AM
Just go to local pet shop like PetSmart, much cheaper there.

longdayjake
May 1, 2013, 10:34 AM
I went on their website and left a review of how disappointed I was in the price change. I say we all do it and see if they respond.

GW Staar
May 1, 2013, 11:49 AM
Just go to local pet shop like PetSmart, much cheaper there.

Really? Cheaper than $28 for 40 lbs? That's $0.70/lb. (40 lbs is a large gunny sack....the type they package wheat in.)

And...is the particle size small enough to pass through primer flash holes without clogging them? I have yet to see any corncob in PetSmart that's small enough.

GW Staar
May 1, 2013, 03:13 PM
I went on their website and left a review of how disappointed I was in the price change. I say we all do it and see if they respond.

A mod on the Firing Line told me that Amazon still has the Drillspot Econoline product for the same price, but freight-free. He is wondering if DrillSpot is moving into wholesale, and not wanting to compete with dealers. The hefty shipping price would fix that. Maybe maybe so.

Others have suggested Grainger, DrillSpot and Zoro are all affiliated. When I got my DrillSpot order last year, it was drop-shipped from Grainger.....so maybe that's true as well.......I assumed then that DrillSpot was a Grainger dealer. We will see if the product I ordered from Zoro also comes from Grainger. Let you know.

Hondo 60
May 1, 2013, 03:44 PM
Just checked drillspot.com
WOW - that really sucks.

I've been a big fan of theirs for years.
But I ain't ordering from them again.

ReloaderFred
May 1, 2013, 07:09 PM
The corn cob media from Zoro is the same brand as carried by Grainger, only about $18.00 cheaper per bag, and I don't have to drive to Grainger's 70 miles away to get it. I also ordered some plastic tubes for feeding bullets on my Star Lube/sizers and they were addressed to Grainger down in San Jose, CA. They also shipped one tube in one large box, and since I ordered 5 tubes this last time, they came in 5 large boxes, but since I didn't pay any freight, it didn't matter. I also found a use for most of the long boxes, so it was a win-win.

Hope this helps.

Fred

ksimons
May 2, 2013, 01:06 PM
Here's another source. McMaster Carr, I have not tried theirs but I order stuff from them all the time for work. There shipping is reasonable and next day most of the time.

Walnut Shells

grit
8-12 __ 15lbs 3393K28 18.75 50lbs 3393K2 41.43
12-20 __ 15lbs 3393K34 18.75 50lbs 3393K3 41.43
20-30 __ 15lbs 3393K41 18.75 50lbs 3393K6 41.43



Corn Cob
10-14 __ 10lbs 32725K42 14.18 40lbs 32725K61 26.67
14-20 __ 10lbs 32725K46 14.18 40lbs 32725K63 26.67
20-40 __ 10lbs 32725K48 14.18 40lbs 32725K67 26.67

GW Staar
May 3, 2013, 12:23 PM
They do appear to be a good source as well, but Zoro's $28, 40lbag of 20/40 corncob includes shipping.:)

My April 30th order was delivered yesterday (two days from Illinois to New Mexico, not too shabby). Took a picture.....a lot of media for $28 delivered.
If you live closer, I'd expect delivery happens within 24 hours. BTW, no evidence from packaging that Grainger is involved.....so who knows.

http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad195/gstrad/IMG_1507.jpg

GW Staar
May 3, 2013, 12:27 PM
Post doubled somehow.

lightman
May 3, 2013, 09:49 PM
Drillspot was great to deal with, I'm sorry to hear this. Sounds like Zorro is cheaper and just as easy to deal with. too! Lightman

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