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which vibratory cleaner

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by smokemeister25, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. i need to buy a vibratory. usually, i just buy rcbs stuff. have had good luck with their stuff and more than once they've replaced things under their lifetime warranty.

    was just wondering if their vibratory unit is pretty good or if i'm missing out by not buying a different one. i realize theirs is probably a tad more and if another one holds up better or does a better job i'm open.

    i'm in the process of re-setting up my reloading bench after a long time. for years i didn't do any shooting because of a long bad illness....
  2. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    I would recommend the Cabela's 400 green vibratory tumbler (same unit made by Berry's Manufacturing 400 "blue" tumbler and "red" one sold by Sinclair International).

    For $50, it has a quiet but powerful motor and has a long power cord with in-line switch.

    The capacity is larger than most other vibratory tumbler too:
    - 1000 9mm
    - 600 45ACP
    - 650 .38 Spl
    - 450 .223
    - 250 30-06
  3. 918v

    918v Well-Known Member

    Dillon makes the nicest tumbler. The plastic is thicker and better quality. The motor is Japanese and quiet as a mouse. It's the Lexus of tumblers.
  4. NRA-Highmaster

    NRA-Highmaster Well-Known Member

    +1 on the Berry`s. They have a 3 year warranty on the motor. I don`t think any others match that. They make Grafs and Midsouths house brand tumblers too.
  5. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the Berry's tumbler. It's also completely made right here in the good ol' U.S. of A except for the motor and their helping keeping us at work.

    Nothing against Dillon, I have some Dillon products, but really has anyone ever worn a hole in a tumbler bowl? For 3 times the price, well I just don't see it.
  6. John_galt

    John_galt Well-Known Member

    Mine crapped out last month after 17 yrs, Midway 9something-or-other model. I bought a new Lyman tumbler (model 1200). Came yesterday. Took it out of the box looked it over for a minute, then took the bowl off my old Miday and put it on the Lyman stand and motor. Now I am happy. The Lyman bowl is a not nearly as good as the old Midway. Thin plastic and the lid is slotted - didn't like that. We'll see if the motor lasts as long as the older one.
  7. rangerphil

    rangerphil Well-Known Member

    One more vote for the Cabelas (Berrys) model. Great price and performance.
  8. Bula

    Bula Well-Known Member

    Lyman 1200-has worked great so far. About 4-5 yrs old and still ticking.
  9. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

    I have the Lyman also. Only had it a couple of months. It's quieter than I expected. I use the slotted top to dump the medium and leave the cases in the bowl.
  10. mallc

    mallc Well-Known Member

    -1 for Dillion

    I have a motor making so much noise that I had to move it to another part of the shop. I reckon it will be failing soon.

  11. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

  12. cataway

    cataway Member

  13. will the tumbler allow you to tumble in liquid? i saw on the forum people talked about tumbling in liquid with stainsteel rods and claimed it cleaned primer pockets and insides of cases much better. is that true? if so wondered if this thumlers tumbler will allow you to use liquid as well as walnut shell or other
  14. DFisher3112

    DFisher3112 Well-Known Member

    x3 on the Berry MFG tumbler. I started with a Harbor Freight model and it got old quick only being able clean minimal amounts at a time. I purchased the Berry tumbler and wow, what a difference! I clean alot more brass in a shorter amount of time!
  15. TH3180

    TH3180 Well-Known Member

    I have the RCBS and I like it. Then again I have never used anything else so I really can't compare. It gets my 9mm cases nice and clean.
  16. i looked at cabelas and they charge a 15 buck delivery whereas berrys charges 60 and no shipping which makes theirs cheaper actually... they also have a combo with the tumbler, polish, media, sifter and a bucket for 90... hell, who can't use another bucket. that sound like a pretty good deal so maybe i'll go for that one since so many of you guys reccomend that one.

    why do so many like this better than the rcbs? what seems to make it better?
  17. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    No, unless the vibratory tumbler has specific sealed bowl that is specified for "wet vibratory tumbling" - most vibratory tumblers are used with dry media such as walnut, corn cob, rice, ceramic, etc.

    Yes only if you are using the "particular" sized stainless steel rods small enough to fit inside the primer pocket. The liquid detergent solution softens the black fouling buildup and the stainless steel rods "scrub" them off the brass. Vibratory tumbling with dry media won't clean the inside of the case as well, but unless you are a precision benchrest shooter looking to reduce the carbon fouling in the barrel, I find that a little black fouling inside the case doesn't make that much difference.

    Thumler's tumbler is designed to hold liquid but I guess you could use dry walnut media too.

    Berry's tumbler really is built well with plastics they mix and manufacture themselves. Most other vibratory bowl capacity will hold about 600-800 9mm cases but Berry's will hold 1000, which does make a difference when you are doing a lot of "vibratory tumbling". I think speed and noise of the tumblers are important too, but I process a lot of range brass and that extra capacity works for me.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2010
  18. i had heard that a smaller bowl actually cleaned better. but the person who wrote that was comparing it to a big dillon which is actually quite a bit bigger i think than the berry's. i only shoot metallic for fun. i'm mostly a trap shooter, so i don't have a ton of brass to clean. but what i have is filthy, plus, unfortunately, all of my reloading dies were in storage for years and some moisture got into them as the seasons changed back and forth. so i have some rust on them. i steel wooled them but that got tiring so i thought i'd take em apart and toss em in a vibratory and let that polish em up. so the little bigger bowl with the berry's should work out nicely.

    man, a lot of you guys really like the berrys. i usually get the green stuff because i've had good luck with rcbs service and warranty. but i'll order a berry's tomorrow since it's so popular. how are they if you have a problem?
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2010
  19. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Yup, tumbling your dies in walnut media with polish does a nice job removing surface rust, cleaning the inside, polishing the surface and protecting from future rust.
  20. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member

    I've never owned any of the ones listed above, I have the Frankford Arsenal. It's relatively quiet and holds up. I fired it up one day and left the shop cuz something came up. Well, three days later I made it back out to the loading bench and it was still purring away. That was the shiniest brass I ever had.

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