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Harbor Freight 18lb Tumbler

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tabealer, Nov 3, 2011.

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  1. tabealer

    tabealer Member

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    Hey all,

    I just bought the huge vibratory cleaner from hf. I am actually impressed with the unit. Quiet, smooth, heavy. I've run 2 loads through it so far. 1 was about 1200 .223 shells. Had a good rolling motion in the bowl. Cleaned really nice and saved a LOT of time.

    HF has them on sale for $150. I used the 20% off coupon and got it for $120. I flipped for the 2 year warranty but after setting it up I'm thinking it wasn't necessary.

    TAB
     
  2. bds

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    For $100, I would pick up 2 Cabela's (Berry's) tumblers with these capacities:

    9mm: 1000
    45acp: 600
    223: 450
    30-06: 250

    So, I could be tumbling 900 .223 cases at once or 1000 9mm and 600 45ACP. :D

    Besides, Berry's tumbler is essentially all made in USA except for the motor, if that matters.
     
  3. jcwit

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    Hope you have better luck than I had. Went thru 4 before I just asked for my money back. Bearings went out in less than 2 weeks of operation.

    I agree with bds!
     
  4. tabealer

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    bds & Jcwit, both good comments and sage advice. What can I say, I like bigger and was thinking about one of the big Lyman tumblers (which would be cheaper) but I have been itching for a test of one of these. The 1200 shells I put in it by no means maxed it out. I am going to have to acquire a bunch more brass to test this thing or re-do my stash as I do think it needs to be run through it's paces. I know HF doesn't have the best reputation. Their 5 lb tumbler has a very poor rating but the 18 lb only had a few ratings and they were all 5 stars.

    Just thought if someone needed to process a metric butt-load, this one seems to do the trick. Just have to go in with eyes wide open.

    TAB
     
  5. Shadow 7D

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    I wouldn't necessarily do the vibe tumbler, but I have heard good things about the drum tumblers
     
  6. jcwit

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    I wouldn't necessarly say that as they backed their product with no questions asked and no hassle. It was just that the bronze bearing bushings didn't hold up.
     
  7. rondog

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    I'm tired of farting around, my next one will be a Thumler's Model B high-speed with the stainless steel pin media.
     
  8. 45Frank

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    I've had a Midway tumbler since about 1990 or so. Use it sometime for weeks on end with out stopping. Never had a problem yet.
    I've been buying midway product since meeting I think her name was Sara at an NRA show back in Philadelphia in 98.
     
  9. hvychev77

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    i had one from HF. it was crap. i got a cabelas/ berry and it much nicer. the one from HF lasted 6 months and locked up.
     
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