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$6 Vibratory Tumbler

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rhubarb, May 1, 2008.

  1. rhubarb

    rhubarb Member

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    I went to the flea market last weekend looking for a blender, fan or other small motorized mechanism from which I could scavenge a motor to make a tumbler. Right away I spied an orbital sander for $7, but that wasn't really what I sought. I wandered around for an hour or so (flea markets down here are bigger'n Wally World) and didn't find anything that really fit the bill. I decided to try the sander. I was able to get it discounted to $6.

    I took it home and glued one of the plastic bowls I use to store cases to the sandpaper. That way, I could remove the bowl via the hook and loop. Neat, huh? Didn't work - the glue wouldn't stick to the plastic bowl. I then unscrewed the base of the sander and used the screws to attach the bowl. I filled the bowl with media and about 100 223 cases and turned it on. Wow! This dude moves! Putting it down on the floor, it vibrated and jitterbugged crazily. I've seen various home-made tumblers, but none were as simple to assemble as this.:neener:

    I set it in a canvas chair and it sat still and started churning the media. In addition to the aggressive vibration, the media rotates around the bowl at 7-8 rpm. Within an hour in the mixture of crushed walnut and Mother's Mag Wheel Polish my grungy thrice-loaded cases sparkled. Sparkled!:D

    I think the sander would move a larger bowl as well as the small one. I'm also going to screw the lid to the sander instead of the bottom of the bowl so that emptying and filling the bowl will be easier. That'll have to wait, though. More .223 cases are tumbling now, and there are thousands of 9mm, .45, .38, .357, .30-30 and .308 in line.
     

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  2. FullEffect1911

    FullEffect1911 Senior Member

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    I love how you talked him down a dollar :D That just really struck me as funny.

    Anyway, clever use of an old orbital sander.
     
  3. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

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    Clever Southern Engineering.
     
  4. jcwit

    jcwit Senior Member

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    My man you have missed your calling. You should have been an inventor, say go to word on a cheep way to make motor fuel. That was some idea for a brass cleaner, good job.
     
  5. CBS220

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    Neato!
     
  6. crow_sniper

    crow_sniper New Member

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    You got me thinking now....
     
  7. WSM MAGNUM

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    The Hillbilly`s Case Tumbler.:D:D:D
     
  8. luis7

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    Hello from Spain.
    Here you have some photos of my two tumblers.
    This built with recycled materials from the trash and can be easily found in any home.
    The electric motor belongs to a small fan, besides there is a Tupper ware of the kitchen, a wooden box of bottles of wine, some docks and some screws, etc..
    Greetings.
     

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  9. luis7

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    And ther other one.Bye.
     

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  10. Griz44

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    Are you sure you don't live next door to Red-Green? Where's the duct tape?
    LMAO - Very creative. I'm heading to the garage to find my old sander.
     
  11. FullEffect1911

    FullEffect1911 Senior Member

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    also very clever luis. When my gear motor buys the farm on my homemade tumbler I'll have some ideas to replace it.

    Good thread.
     
  12. Navy joe

    Navy joe Senior Member

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    Luis, very nice. Rhubarb Goldberg, I have several old sanders about the house. Eying them now. I'm still happy with my Dillon tumbler. It's an old FL-2000, I got it for $30 used, done about 60,000 cases with it, 1K .45 in it right now. Thing won't die.
     

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