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Old March 29, 2015, 11:49 AM   #1
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How do vibratory brass cleaners work?

I have vibratory brass cleaner which I have been very pleased with.. It is Cabelas store brand but I think it is made by Berry's.

Lately it is wobbling more than vibrating. I assume it has some kind of counterbalance on it that needs adjusting or tightening. When I took the bottom it I can see a weight that is attached to the shaft from the motor to bowl. It rotates freely and doesn't appear to be adjustable.

Has anyone else experienced this and were you able to fix it?
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Old March 29, 2015, 12:02 PM   #2
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I know nuttin. I'll just observe that when my (Frankford) is coasting down, it wobbles. So... maybe your unit isn't getting up to speed?
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Old March 29, 2015, 12:29 PM   #3
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I don't mean this as a hijack of your thread, but the name is just what I was thinking to start a new thread with. I just bought my first one and don't know the best way to use it. Do I put the media in first, then brass, or some media, brass, then more media on top, or brass first, then cover with media? Or does it matter at all? Thanks
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Old March 29, 2015, 12:31 PM   #4
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I have a Lyman 600 & a week or so ago I posted it had lost its nuts & was not vibrating like it should.

Took the bottom plate off & the threaded stem that runs through the springs that the bowl sits on the nuts that hold the stem in place had worked loose & were now gone. I replaced the nuts & added lock washers tightened everything down using locktite. All is good.

just my .02.
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Old March 29, 2015, 12:32 PM   #5
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I just dump brass in on top of the media. It'll distribute everything just fine when you switch it on.
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Old March 29, 2015, 12:35 PM   #6
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Thanks Gary.

OOH, lost its nuts...Boy, I bet that hurt.
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Old March 29, 2015, 12:37 PM   #7
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I don't mean this as a hijack of your thread, but the name is just what I was thinking to start a new thread with. I just bought my first one and don't know the best way to use it. Do I put the media in first, then brass, or some media, brass, then more media on top, or brass first, then cover with media? Or does it matter at all? Thanks
Fill approx. 1/2 with media, toss your brass in, instal cover and switch on.

You may want to observe the action of the media and brass the first few times you use it. If you overload it with brass, the media action will be slow and the brass will not get cleaned without extensive time in the bowl.

Enjoy.
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Old March 29, 2015, 12:56 PM   #8
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I don't mean this as a hijack of your thread, but the name is just what I was thinking to start a new thread with. I just bought my first one and don't know the best way to use it. Do I put the media in first, then brass, or some media, brass, then more media on top, or brass first, then cover with media? Or does it matter at all? Thanks
Put media in bowl. Add one capful of Nu-Finish and some mineral spirits (small amount) to the media and run for a half hour to mix in. Then put your brass and a used dryer sheet in the bowl and tumble away.

You can put your tumbler on a timer but if you forget it and let it run for 24 hours or so, you will find out how shiny your brass can get.
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Old March 29, 2015, 01:37 PM   #9
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Your tumbler will work better if you fill it 2/3 full of media, before adding cases.

After cases are added, it should raise the level to within an inch of the top.

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Old March 29, 2015, 01:38 PM   #10
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Thanks for answering my question. But I really don't want to hijack the op thread. Can anyone else also answer his question.
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Old March 29, 2015, 01:38 PM   #11
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If too much brass is put in the tumbler will not vibrate like it should.
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Old March 29, 2015, 01:46 PM   #12
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Thanks for answering my question. But I really don't want to hijack the op thread. Can anyone else also answer his question.
Da Yooper gave a good answer. That would have been my first guess.
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Old March 29, 2015, 10:15 PM   #13
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OP,. have the same model. Can take mine apart and see if the same weight runs loose. Had mine 2 years with no problems, and it has been used quite a bit. Believe the motor has 3 yrs warranty and lifetime on the plastic. Just sent an email to berry's re my top lid is cracking from the center bolt hole going towards the outer edge.


Took mine apart and you can see the counterweight attached to the fan shaft. Mine is secured with a set screw that you can see in the second picture. Did you loose the set screw? Hope this helps.






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OP,. have the same model. Can take mine apart and see if the same weight runs loose. Had mine 2 years with no problems, and it has been used quite a bit. Believe the motor has 3 yrs warranty and lifetime on the plastic. Just sent an email to berry's re my top lid is cracking from the center bolt hole going towards the outer edge.


Took mine apart and you can see the counterweight attached to the fan shaft. Mine is secured with a set screw that you can see in the second picture. Did you loose the set screw? Hope this helps.





How simple this device is and they sell for $60-100+!
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