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Frankford tumbler R.I.P.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by joneb, Apr 12, 2007.

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  1. joneb

    joneb Member

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    The Frankford just quit so I took it back to Sportsman's Warehouse, I've had it for 3-4 months and I was told that satisfaction was only guaranteed for 30 days and I was on my own :mad: so a manager was summoned, he reluctantly agreed to a exchange. I made my way back to the tumbler isle, the Frankford was out of stock :( so I grabbed a Hornady 1 gal tumble and paid the $ 15 difference. I am glad it worked out this way the Hornady tumbler is 1/2 the noise and does not annoy me when it running :) I do miss the inline switch on the Frankford, which may have been the reason for the failure.
     
  2. Pumpkinheaver

    Pumpkinheaver Member

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    I have had one for several years it has the Midway brand name, it predates the frankort brand name. I have never had a problem with it. Hell I even forgot about it once and ran it for a week!!! No problem. Brass was really shiney too!!!:D
     
  3. MinnMooney

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    I've got one with the Midway logo on it, also. I bought it used and have put 2000+ rounds thru it at 100-200 per session. I like shiny brass so I'll let it run outside for 3-7 hours each time. No problems with it. The previous owner had it for several years.
    FYI - I kinda like to use TufNut media over corncob as it brightens the brass faster. More static electricity though. :cool:
     
  4. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

    DaveInFloweryBranchGA Member

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    Had you contacted Midway/Frankford, they would have repaired it for you. I don't know where you got thirty days at, but the warranty on those as far as I know has been lifetime for those I've heard about who contacted Midway/Frankford, regardless of the problem.

    I've had the same one for 6-7 years. No problems. If it does fail, I'll call Midway for repairs/parts/replacement.

    Regards,

    Dave
     
  5. Idano

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    Yep, the Midway/Frankford products are warranted for lifetime. My tumbler is a Midway Model 1292 that has served me for years without a single issue. In 1998 there was recall fire hazard but I have turned mine in yet, I am waiting until it gets a little older.
     
  6. clown714

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    my midway tumbler died last year:(

    it had the life time warranty.

    shipped it back and was replaced w\the frankfort.

    IIRC they only come with a 2 yr.warr.

    pls. correct me if i'm wrong.

    clown
     
  7. Ifishsum

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    My Frankfort tumbler rattled itself apart the first time I used it. All the nuts holding the motor to the bowl loosened up or fell off and it made a lot of noise - luckily I caught it early. I Put it back together with loc-tite and it's been fine ever since, but shouldn't have to do that with new equipment IMO.
     
  8. Seven High

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    I bought a Frankford tumbler combination at a gun show recently. It was defective out of the box. I believe that the off/on switch is defective. I had to send it back to the factory in Missouri. I am still waiting for it to return.:mad:
     
  9. GP100man

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    bought mine at a gun show in 83 clean & lube it twice a year with g96 or 3in1 oil. its a midway1292 model& ive forgotten it for a couple days but it was fine ,not even warm!!

    GP100man:)
     
  10. Peter M. Eick

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    I retired my midway 1292 this winter and upgraded to a thumbler's tumbler. Yes it was expensive, but I was shocked at the quietness, and how much quicker it cleaned the brass then the 1292. Either way I will keep my old midway around for those small jobs. I think mine has been going around 12 years so I am glad I did not buy another frankford to supplement it.
     
  11. tbtrout

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    I have been running my 1292 for the last 3 days cleaning a lot of old brass I had lying around. I have had it for about 12 +/- years now and it still works great.
     
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