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Old 03-25-2013, 6:48 AM
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Default Building my own Tumbler

Im going to build my own tumbler using a 20 gallon plastic drum and I have a few questions and could use some input. How much of the SS media will I need, How fast should the drum turn ? My plan is to build one based on the Thumlers Tumbler design. The plan is to do 1k of 2k at a time. I think I can build it for about $150
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Old 03-25-2013, 7:36 AM
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I think it would be easier & cost effective to think "cement" mixer style vs the thumbler style.

This is a bigcat by Red Lion:


the Pictured mixer from reviews is a BAD cement mixer, but I am trying to find one used local that I can repair or retrofit for cheap.

My operational weight usage will be much lower than bags of cement.
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Old 03-25-2013, 7:52 AM
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Im going to build my own tumbler using a 20 gallon plastic drum and I have a few questions and could use some input. How much of the SS media will I need, How fast should the drum turn ? My plan is to build one based on the Thumlers Tumbler design. The plan is to do 1k of 2k at a time. I think I can build it for about $150
If the drum is round, you will need to put some baffles inside (like a cement mixer), or everything will just slide along as the drum turns. That is why the Thumblers drum has flat sides.

You probably already knew that, just thought I would post it just in case.
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Old 03-25-2013, 8:13 AM
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Slice some pvc pipe lenthwise and glue inside the drum for speed bumps.
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