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ERdept
06-17-2009, 11:16 AM
I've put in sooo much money for a used MEC 600, then charge bars, and UCB's, and then a single stage press and dies, and all the other misc stuff for reloading shotgun and .45 ACP

Now I gotta get a case tumbler. I shoot in volume, but see the big tumbler prices.


Any way to make a tumbler for cheap or place to buy one for cheap?

Jicko
06-17-2009, 11:19 AM
Old washing machine.

:D

Or you can attach a drum to a stationary exercise bike..... you can save electricity, exercise, as well as tumble your brass.... what else can be a better deal that this??

rkt88edmo
06-17-2009, 11:30 AM
5 gallon bucket with tight fitting lid, roll it around. FREE!

If you're inclined I'm sure you could hook a motor up to one.

joelogic
06-17-2009, 11:32 AM
I use a 1.5 yd cement mixer. Try and find a used one on craigslist. But just like anything else if you shoot a high volume and want a cheap tumbler be prepared to buy a replacement.

Blwnbwtie
06-17-2009, 11:36 AM
I use the harbor freight tumbler. Picked it up on sale for about $35. It works okay for what it is.

bohoki
06-17-2009, 11:40 AM
gas dryer/ducktape dont hook up the gas ducktape all the holes

5shot
06-17-2009, 12:01 PM
If you look around, you can probably get a tumbler for about as much as you could make something decent (around $35).

http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item.asp?sku=00047SR100

Eroland7
06-17-2009, 12:14 PM
washing machine, and just throw a few towels in there with em...

bcrich
06-17-2009, 2:18 PM
Harbor freight.....$35 or so when on sale, just make sure to get the extended warranty for 1 year ($8) or longer. I have had good luck with mine so far!

jwest
06-17-2009, 3:50 PM
Haven't you heard of a red-neck tumbler? Just get an old 5-gallon plastic paint 'can' or whatever, throw in your walnut/or corn-cob media with your casings, put on the lid tightly, and throw it in back of your pickup truck. Do this on Monday and by Friday - you're done! ;)

sorensen440
06-17-2009, 3:57 PM
I think your going to find it cheaper to just buy one
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp;jsessionid=0FWT4PPETBXAFLAQBBICCNVMCAEFCI WE?id=0012545214957a&type=product&cmCat=froogle&cm_ven=data_feed&cm_cat=froogle&cm_pla=1230101&cm_ite=0012545214957a&_requestid=114675

Jonathan Doe
06-17-2009, 4:00 PM
I think I paid $30.00 for a Frankford Arsenal tumbler on sale at Midway.

bohoki
06-17-2009, 4:49 PM
Haven't you heard of a red-neck tumbler? Just get an old 5-gallon plastic paint 'can' or whatever, throw in your walnut/or corn-cob media with your casings, put on the lid tightly, and throw it in back of your pickup truck. Do this on Monday and by Friday - you're done! ;)

that only works for rednecks as they haven't seen pavement in a while

you know the jeff foxworthy one ymbarn if the directions to your house include turn off the main road onto the dirt road

domokun
06-17-2009, 5:13 PM
MidwayUSA had a small media separator and tumbler combo kit on sale awhile back for $79.

http://media.midwayusa.com/highres/414369.jpg

Revoman
06-17-2009, 7:58 PM
There's a tumbler for sale in the private reloading/ammo section. $25.

CSACANNONEER
06-17-2009, 8:05 PM
If you want to try a dryer, just let me know. I've got one that you can have!

Spyduh
06-17-2009, 10:25 PM
If you want to try a dryer, just let me know. I've got one that you can have!

LOL. thats a good way to get rid of garbage =)

freonr22
06-17-2009, 11:08 PM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=169056&highlight=tumbler

i made one theres a video in post 21

Apollo
06-18-2009, 12:33 AM
Speaking from experience if you get a harbor freight tumbler you would want to buy a backup belt for it as they tend to break easily. There's a whole thread about tumblers at the APC forums, but they're more geared towards fireworks.

http://www.apcforum.net/

CSACANNONEER
06-18-2009, 5:23 AM
If you want to try a dryer, just let me know. I've got one that you can have!

LOL. thats a good way to get rid of garbage =)

It's worth a try. Isn't it?

5hundo
06-18-2009, 7:17 AM
I did the harbor freight thing.

$35

You can also buy a liquid rock tumbler from Harbor Freight and use "Jungle Jake's" cleaner instead.

See this for more information:

http://www.surplusrifle.com/shooting2005/berdanreloading/index.asp

Chemtchr
06-18-2009, 11:41 AM
A lot of the cheap tumblers are noisy. I bought a RCBS tumbler for 60-70 bucks at Midway, it works well and is quiet enough that I can listen to the radio as I reload. My sanity is worth 70 bucks. Just my 2 cents.

AirflowPimp
06-18-2009, 11:52 AM
BLENDER!!!!!:eek:

ERdept
06-20-2009, 11:03 AM
Alrighty then, I think the best thing to do is just to "bite the bullet" and get a bullet tumbler.

Sooooo, I got a two basket turbo tubmler.

Thanks all.

Sunwolf
06-20-2009, 12:37 PM
I`ve got 4 tumblers,the last one I bought is a Dillon,does that say something?

fresnohunter
06-20-2009, 2:08 PM
I`ve got 4 tumblers,the last one I bought is a Dillon,does that say something?

Yea, you bought 4 tumblers.

ke6guj
06-20-2009, 2:22 PM
I`ve got 4 tumblers,the last one I bought is a Dillon,does that say something?I think the term is "buy once, cry once":D

bigmike82
06-20-2009, 6:09 PM
I've had a coffee can full of cases in corn cob and polishing agent rattling around in my car for a month...I'm interested in seeing how it turned out. I'm hoping that LA stop and go traffic will do the trick. :)

bruce_ventura
06-20-2009, 8:22 PM
Speaking from experience if you get a harbor freight tumbler you would want to buy a backup belt for it as they tend to break easily. There's a whole thread about tumblers at the APC forums, but they're more geared towards fireworks.

http://www.apcforum.net/

What belt? I'm on my second Harbor Freight tumbler. I've serviced it and don't remember seeing a belt.

Chinese motors are junk. I bought the $10 extended warranty, assuming the motor would die within two years. It did - just one month before the warrantee expired. I went in to HF, got a new tumbler and for another $10 extended the warranty another two years.

Are the expensive tumblers really that much better? I figure something designed to shake like that is going to wear itself out eventually. This HF deal is really more like a lease than a purchase. Now that I'm on the plan, I get a new tumbler every two years for $5/year.

old-trapper
06-20-2009, 8:41 PM
try to buy one of his other 3 tumblers ...cheap....LOL

ept000
06-20-2009, 8:54 PM
Here's mine. A five gallon bucket with four mixing paddles turning at 30 rpm.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3375/3413787902_814e89f7fb.jpg

Apollo
06-20-2009, 8:58 PM
What belt? I'm on my second Harbor Freight tumbler. I've serviced it and don't remember seeing a belt.


There's a belt that runs from the motor to the roller to spin the tumbler. On mine it broke within a week. So I went down to a specialty store and bought a neoprene o-ring that was the same size as the belt. Worked like a charm and only set me back like a quarter.

Maybe we have different models. I have the two barrel design.

ar15barrels
06-20-2009, 10:17 PM
If you want to try a dryer, just let me know. I've got one that you can have!

I need an old washer to take out the tub and make a portable fire ring.

ERdept
06-20-2009, 11:28 PM
Check out these tumblers.

Industrial strength.......

http://www.thumlerstumbler.com/vibratory.html

tdc57
06-21-2009, 12:51 AM
I've got 7k rounds of brass though it so far and it only cost me $55.00

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=93252

ccampbell
06-22-2009, 6:44 PM
In the ammo/reloading sale section, there is one for $10 (rock tumbler)
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=194844

Blue
06-22-2009, 6:48 PM
It's worth a try. Isn't it?

Mr. T will take care of that dryer for you.

bruce_ventura
06-28-2009, 10:14 PM
There's a belt that runs from the motor to the roller to spin the tumbler. On mine it broke within a week. So I went down to a specialty store and bought a neoprene o-ring that was the same size as the belt. Worked like a charm and only set me back like a quarter.

Maybe we have different models. I have the two barrel design.

I think we're talking different animals. Mine is a vibratory tumbler for (re)finishing metal parts. It's a direct drive - no belt. Yours sounds like a lapidary tumbler for polishing rocks. tdc57 gave the link to the HF product I bought.