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Which is the best tumbler?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by wdallis, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. wdallis

    wdallis Well-Known Member

    I am going to buy a tumbler in the next week or so, I have looked at 6 different tumblers. I am needing your help to determine which would be the better buy. The choices are 1. Hornady M-2 case tumbler 2. Lyman 1200 auto-flo turbo 3. Lyman 2500 pro magnum turbo tumbler 4. Lyman turbo 1200 pro tumbler 5. Lyman twin turbo tumbler 6. RCBS vibratory case cleaner. Thank you folks for your help.
  2. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    My newest tumbler is a Berry. After 6 months, it is still going strong, but it should be. It runs quiet. Cabelas tumbler is made by Berry and a couple others as well. Reasonably priced.

    Lots of folks like the Dillon tumblers. A bit more expensive though.

    Not on your list, but I would not recommend the Frankfort Arsenal tumbler. Noisy and and mine lasted only a couple years before it started to vibrate itself apart. I got tired of fixing it. I keep it as a back-up in case my other two tumblers, the Berry and an old Midway, fail.
  3. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    I own three vibratory tumblers, two Ultra-Vib UV-18's, but Thumler's, and one Berry's. The UV-18's are both over 20 years old and still going strong, and I run my tumblers almost everyday. The Berry's is about 9 years old or so, and has been a good one. It runs a little faster than the UV-18's, but doesn't have as much capacity.

    I can readily recommend either of the ones I own. The UV-18's cost more, but they're built heavier and stronger. They've given me good service over the years. I use them much more than the average reloader will ever use one.

    The Berry's is listed here, along with the Rotary Sifter, which I very highly recommend: http://www.berrysmfg.com/product-i14545-c8-g8-b0-p0-Brass_Cleaning_Kits.aspx

    I know my two tumblers weren't on your list, but I thought I would just throw out my experience with the two brands that I own.

    Hope this helps.

  4. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Berry's tumbler. It comes in different colors depending on who you buy from (Blue-Berry's, Green-Cabela's, Red-Sinclair).

    I have both old and new FA tumblers and Berry's tumbler is more powerful (larger motor with cooling fan), quieter, with larger capacity and comes with on/off switch on the longer cord.


    9mm: 1000
    .38 Spl: 650
    45acp: 600
    223: 450
    30-06: 250

    Berry's rotary shifter with cover works without having media fly everywhere - http://www.eabco.com/store/products...edia_Separator_for_Case_Tumblers-2059-58.html

  5. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    I have #4, the Lyman Turbo 1200 Pro, and it works great. I only wish it was larger, I should have gotten the 2500. JMHO, but I'd avoid any with the "auto-flow" media drain feature. Totally unnecessary. A good rotary separator like the one pictured, or even a Frankford Arsenal, is a must.

    Speaking of Frankford Arsenal, don't waste your money on their tumbler.
  6. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    I had the FA case shifter and gave it away to a friend. It comes with two small "wings" that clip to the bucket to deflect flying media. Well, it deflects about 95 percent of media and rest ends up on your bench/floor. Also, the construction is not very user friendly and shifter moves around while operating. Berry's shifter with cover captures 100 percent of media into the bucket and don't move around due to the recessed rotation mounts.

    I highly recommend the Berry's case shifter at $24 over the FA shifter at $20.

  7. wdallis

    wdallis Well-Known Member

    Hey rondog, is the 1200 pro very loud?
  8. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    All the tumblers that you listed should produce good results and are made by companies with excellent customer service. I have been using a Lyman 1200 Turbo for over 30 years. I did have to replace the base unit about 2 years ago for a cost $30 but nothing will last forever.
  9. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Only one I would stay away from is the Harbor Freight one, I purchased one a number of year ago and H/F replaced it 3 times before I finally gave up.

    With that said I do buy their tools and by and large am completely satisified.

    The problem with the H/F tumbler was the bronze sleeve bearings that the motor had.
  10. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

    1. There is no "best" of anything.
    2. All of the tumblers mentioned will do the job. You might look at warranties when making your final decision, which means also consider the Dillon.
  11. gofastman

    gofastman Well-Known Member

  12. AlliedArmory

    AlliedArmory Well-Known Member

    +1 for Berry's tumbler. I got mine from Cabelas and love it. Quiet, decent capacity and has a on/off switch on the power cable. I also have the media separator and use it all the time.
  13. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    I have had two Frakfort Arsenal, one Hornady and one Berry's/Cabelas.

    The Cabela's is quieter than any of them, and is (so far) reliable....and I've used it a lot.

    My first Frankford quit, they replaced it free, so I am not critical, but I don't expect them to replace it repeatedly. I gave it to a friend who reloads "just a bit" and it will probably last him forever.

    The Hornady is a recent purchase, price too good to pass up. It is quite a bit noisier than the Berry's/Cabela model, and I will keep it as a back-up, or if I want to tumble two sizes at once, I'm set.
  14. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    " I am needing your help to determine which would be the better buy."

    They all good, not much to them after all and there are no secrets about making them. A Berry's/Cabela's is the best dollar value and they have some of the best motors of them all (ball bearings and large diameter shaft).

    Most tumbler noise comes from the bowl being too loosely attached to the viberating base and the bowl rattles. Tightening the single, center mounted retaining nut until the racket stops is easy enough.
  15. Mac2

    Mac2 Well-Known Member

    Mine is from Midway. It ran fine and regularly for about 15 years. The motor finally went out. I called Midway to try and buy a replacement motor, and they asked if I bought it originally from them, and I had. They sent me a new one absolutely FREE. I was not complaining to them, just wanted to BUY a replacement motor. Talk about customer service, Midway is the best. No, I do not work for them, but do a helluva lot of business with them. My .02c.
  16. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    I have a Thumblers UV18 and it has run for thousands of hours and done tens of thousands of rounds and is still kicking. It will do about a stuffed gallon ziplock full of 223 without a hitch. I have overloaded it with pistol brass to the point it was riding to heavy on the springs but I would but again in a heartbeat. Mine is at least 25 yrs old.
  17. LotI

    LotI Well-Known Member

    I've been happy with my Lyman 1200 for 5+ years now. I got the Autoflow and disliked it enough to buy a regular bowl and get a rotary separator. The only plus of the Autoflow model is a power switch, but don't let it be a dealbreaker.
  18. slowr1der

    slowr1der Well-Known Member

    I have a Lyman Pro 1200 and I like it a lot, but if I was to do it again, I'd buy a tumbler that I could use stainless steel media in instead of a vibratory tumbler. That way the insides of the cases would get clean as would the flash pockets.
  19. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Mine's a Lyman 1200 Pro, and it's been perfect for the 6 months I've had it. Might go with a SS tumbler next. I recently bought an RCBS sifter, and now I realize I should have done that right off the bat. Works perfectly and saves a lot of time and effort. Best part--no cleanup of media.
  20. codefour

    codefour Well-Known Member

    The versatility of a Thumler Tumbler is hard to beat.. The ability to use stainless steel or dry media (corn cob, walnut) is reall nice.

    The other thing that I really like about the Thumlers, they are quiet..!! I had a large Lyman (I forget the exact model #) but I could hear it in the house while it ran in the garage..!! In the summer times, I put the Thumlers inside my hosue to keep it cool and I still do not hear it.

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