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RCBS Sidewinder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Trekbike, Dec 4, 2008.

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  1. Trekbike

    Trekbike Member

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    Not that I'm going to buy one, but why does the thing cost $399?

    I know it's a heavier duty unit, and tumbles rather than vibrate, but $399?????

    Can someone clue me in on why so much?

    David
     
  2. The Bushmaster

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    Midway has them for $390.99. Why would you want a tumbler that costs that much in the first place?
     
  3. ranger335v

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    Well, that is quite high considering what it is and how you will use it.

    But, to counter that disadvantage, the Sidewinder is reallly slow too.

    ?????????????
     
  4. Trekbike

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    That's what I was wondering myself, and the reason for my post. Why so much? Is it a "commercial" grade that made to run 24/7 or what? I'm more of the $50 tumbler price range type of person.

    David
     
  5. rcmodel

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    It costs so much for two reasons.

    #1. Because it is a real drum tumbler, not a vibratory polisher like most every other one on the market.
    That means a higher grade motor, bearings, a belt, pulleys, and it also has a built-in timer to shut it off.
    They run way quieter then a vibrator type polisher.
    They also can handle liquid cleaners.

    #2. Because it says RCBS on it.

    rcmodel
     
  6. Trekbike

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    Thanks,
    I'm thinking reason #2 more than reason #1 :)

    David
     
  7. Oddbod

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    $399 sheesh!

    You can get a Thumblers Model B for less than $140 & I'll bet it would outlast the Sidewinder by a decade or two.
    It'll hold more cases too.
     
  8. bullseye308

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    Trekbike, go to Reloader's Bench in Mt. juliet and get a Frankford Arsenal for 39.99. If it craps out in the first year take it back and exchange it for another. If it makes it longer than a year, it will probably last a while. I've got 2 and use them frequently. If you need directions, let me know. Where at in middle tenn are you located, if you don't mind me asking?
     
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  9. bullseye308

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    wow again
     
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  10. bullseye308

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    woops
     
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  11. bullseye308

    bullseye308 Member

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    don't ask
     
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  12. bullseye308

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    Sorry
     
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  13. bullseye308

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    Not my fault
     
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  14. bullseye308

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    Why me???
     
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  15. bullseye308

    bullseye308 Member

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    Shoot this computer....
     
  16. bullseye308

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    Make it stop.....
     
  17. Trekbike

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    Sent you a PM.

    It looks like your computer went full auto.

    David
     
  18. depoloni

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    That's funny that the RCBS is quiet. I'm not questioning that, but my Thumler Model B is loud as a box rocks out there in my garage. Tried setting it up in the basement next to my two Lyman 1200's and we just couldn't sleep through it in the room above.

    And yeah, I know I have 3 tumblers. The Thumler gets wet media work for tougher jobs. And my wife polishes stones in it. I started with the Lyman, and recieved a second one from a grandfather's passing. But I can tumble a lot of brass at once if I need to I guess...
     
  19. Timmer

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    wow bullseye, really working on that post count hu?:p

    just pulling your leg!

    DONT REPLY!!! :neener:
     
  20. bullseye308

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    It's cool now. I got this stupid thing fixed. :cuss::banghead: It wasn't a PEBKAC error this time. It can't go full auto, I haven't got the paperwork back yet. :rolleyes:

    Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair

    I have a pair of them now, if you want to try one before you buy one let me know.
     
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