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Vibratory tumbler #2930324
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Anyone know of a good brand? So many bad reviews.

Have you used one to clean hardware and small brackets?


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Re: Vibratory tumbler [Re: Magnum] #2930328
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Bas review's are due to most being made cheap in China.
As,far as ones that shake I have 2 an old Lyman and RCBS.
They both have 50 50 mix of corn cob and walnut media.
But have a Thumbs Thumber Model B USA made as well that has a hexagon barrel that is way better. I tumble bit wet and dry with different media's.
What size parts are you looking to clean and what are they made of?

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Vibratory finishing is what I do. But most of the stuff I do is on the industrial level. Normally for a job like that I use steel pins. They are good at "picking out" the dirt and grease. But most home level machines can't handle the weight of steel media. And pins are very expensive. You are probably stuck with using a Harbor Freight type machine and small ceramic media. You will need a soap too for the parts to come out clean.


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I sold my Harbor Freight POS as it didn't do what it was supposed to. I would like a good unit, so I am following this thread. I have 6-5 gallon buckets full of factory hardware that was in my garage fire, I would like to clean it and keep it, Chinesium bolts are garbage nowadays... tsk


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Originally Posted by Magnum
Anyone know of a good brand? So many bad reviews.

Have you used one to clean hardware and small brackets?




Hammond roto-finish, industrial machines, they do have some small "bench top" units, depends on what your looking to do and how much you want to spend....

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Originally Posted by Rhinodart
I sold my Harbor Freight POS as it didn't do what it was supposed to. I would like a good unit, so I am following this thread. I have 6-5 gallon buckets full of factory hardware that was in my garage fire, I would like to clean it and keep it, Chinesium bolts are garbage nowadays... tsk


And what was that?

Seems to me, if it works, and its only for small non industrial jobs, how unsatisfactory could it be? It just shakes, right?

That is a sincere question.


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The HF units are barely useable. I've had customers run parts for 24 hours that I thought was a 15-30 minute job. But all my knowledge is in the high grade stuff. These machines have much more power. And some can handle the weight of steel media for burnishing. Sometimes you can pickup a name brand machine on ebay for $1,000. I'll be retiring in 2 months and I'm trying to decide what to take home for my shop after a lifetime of vibratory finisher sales.


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A rotary tumbler like the Thumbler's is going to be the easiest to use with the SS pin media which does a great job cleaning. The common vibratory can't handle the weight, as has been mentioned, until you get into very expensive units. You can make a rotary tumbler with basic tools. tons of examples on the web. I have a few fender bolts and washers in mine right now. I've used a variety of scrap bolts, nuts, and screws for media before I got another batch of SS pins and it worked good but didn't get in the tightest spots like the pins do.
I do have a couple Midway brand tumblers and they are OK for a few small parts but the corn media is slooooooow to clean with.

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I bought a Hornady bullet brass cleaner, put some diesel fuel and BBs in it and used it for years to clean nuts, bolts and other small parts, worked just fine surprisingly.


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I don't get what the weight does or has on these tumblers. The one I have the basket is oscillated on rubber cushions. All the motor does is spinning an offset weight to make the basket oscillate. The motor is on its own and knows nothing about the weight in the basket.

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i bought a fairly large one and drove 8hrs return to get it. bought media and tried it. ran it for 24hrs. relisted it and sent if back to the same area it came from. In 5 minutes i can do more with my blaster than this one did in 24hrs.
i think if you wanted to make a 5-10g investment in a pro one and had nothing but time on your hands and love to watch things vibrate it would be the fun toy for you. i can do more with my blaster in 95% less time than a tumbler can.

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I've had pretty good luck getting small stuff clean with liquid rust remover or even vinegar and usually wire wheel anything that can easily be done that way.
I had a bench top sand blasting cabinet ordered hoping to do a bit with that and the order got cancelled so now I'm back to my old ways again.

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How good or bad are the vibratory tumblers from Eastwood ??

https://www.eastwood.com/autobody/buffing/vibratory-tumblers.html

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Originally Posted by A12
How good or bad are the vibratory tumblers from Eastwood ??

https://www.eastwood.com/autobody/buffing/vibratory-tumblers.html

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My first two failed. They sent a third which I have never used. They said I was the only one with problems. Both were replaced at no charge but they said the third one would be the last one that would be under warranty.So buyer beware.

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Originally Posted by 5thAve
I've had pretty good luck getting small stuff clean with liquid rust remover or even vinegar and usually wire wheel anything that can easily be done that way.
I had a bench top sand blasting cabinet ordered hoping to do a bit with that and the order got cancelled so now I'm back to my old ways again.


I've done a few thousand small parts and fasteners with just vinegar and hand wire brushing. The hand wire brushing is very effective if you make a few ultra simple work holding jigs from scrap wood and wear a leather glove. The jigs were mostly just a groove or similar in a board, and most of the holding was my gloved left hand. Yes, it is tedious, so I did a dozen or two at a time in about a half hour most days for a few months.

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Those were before. These are after.

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If the fasteners aren't going to be painted, this is what waxing will do for you on phosphated fasteners and small parts.

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Originally Posted by chrisf
i bought a fairly large one and drove 8hrs return to get it. bought media and tried it. ran it for 24hrs. relisted it and sent if back to the same area it came from. In 5 minutes i can do more with my blaster than this one did in 24hrs.
i think if you wanted to make a 5-10g investment in a pro one and had nothing but time on your hands and love to watch things vibrate it would be the fun toy for you. i can do more with my blaster in 95% less time than a tumbler can.


eek kudos for trying.

Is however a big factor in the end finished product, the media used?


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Interesting topic. I have an HF one, but have not used it yet. Not feeling particularly optimistic after reading all this.

Originally Posted by kentj340
If the fasteners aren't going to be painted, this is what waxing will do for you on phosphated fasteners and small parts.


Nice work. What did you use for the phosphate coating? Not familiar with the waxing process.


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Originally Posted by NITROUSN
I don't get what the weight does or has on these tumblers. The one I have the basket is oscillated on rubber cushions. All the motor does is spinning an offset weight to make the basket oscillate. The motor is on its own and knows nothing about the weight in the basket.


Yes, the "basket" sits on springs/rubber cushions. But even on a medium size machine (20 cubic foot) the steel media weighs 6,000 lbs. So the media in the machine weighs as much as 2 cars. It takes a lot of power to shake that back and forth 1,200 times per minute.

Yes, the motor is on it's own and attached to nothing else. But it does know about the weight in the basket. Also the machine must be built a lot stronger to handle the horsepower necessary.


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