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Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler Master Kit

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Rinconjoe, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. Rinconjoe

    Rinconjoe

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    any one used one of these to start out :
    Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler Master Kit with Quick-N-EZ Rotary Media Separator 110 Volt
    seems like good deal to start out with .
     
  2. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    Joe...

    Unfortunately, I haven't heard too many good stories about Frankford Arsenal *anything*. What I don't like about that media separator is that it doesn't have a lid. That media gets dirty quick, and has lead traces in it.... I like having the "separator" part totally enclosed while I'm spinning it around so I'm not spraying media and dust everywhere.
     


  3. WiskyT

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    The media seperator works well without spining it quickly. I just kind use half turns, many of them, so that I'm not flinging the hazardous crap all over. I'm not saying you could use the thing in the kitchen, but it's reasonably clean.

    I rarely tumble though so I can't speak to the durability of the tumbler.
     
  4. crni4

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    actually just ordered one from Midway...the 100+ reviews there seem mostly positive if that is of any value to you. The price seem decent as compared to some other more known brands.

    I'll try to post something about it, but it may be a while before i have an opinion on it
     
  5. I've polished many, many pounds of brass with my Frankfort Arsenal tumbler. It's cheap, I've looked at others, see no reason to replace something that works just fine.
     
  6. Kwesi

    Kwesi

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    It works great for me. I used the 1/2 turns as WhiskyT stated or go slowly for complete turns.
     
  7. Myke_Hart

    Myke_Hart Handloader

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    I believe in tumblers!

    The trick I found is to put your tumbler on a timer. Makes them last a whole lot longer. Made my own out of a surplus coffee timer unit.

    My harbor freight collection, all still going strong.:embarassed:

    Big 2 years old, Middle 3 years old, Small dark one on right 5 years old.
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  8. Myke_Hart

    Myke_Hart Handloader

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    My media seperator has a lid... but I don't use it.

    I find I don't need it. Just spin it slow and nothing gets on the floor.

    Pouring back in to the tumbler is a different story though.
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2012
  9. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    I just got one of those RCBS media separators for Christmas. Loading forward to seeing how well it works for .223
     
  10. firefighter4215

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    I'm 0 for 2 on Harbor Freight tumblers. First was dead out of the box. Second one died after 9 months. I have friends who've had great luck with their Frankford Arsenal tumblers, so I got one from Amazon.com with free shipping. Seems to work just fine. As a bonus it's significantly quieter than my Harbor Freight tumbler was.

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  11. crni4

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    To the OP, i used mine tonite for the first time and quite happy with results. Granted, only 177 cases, but the separator worked just fine and 30 sec of slow turning was sufficient. As far as longetivity, time will tell, but overall i feel it was a good deal.

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  12. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    I love my frankford aresenal caliper. As for a media separator, I use a 99 cent store Easter basket thing, works like a dream..
     
  13. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    You could have just stolen one of the baskets from an order of shrimp in basket and svaed the 99 cent.
     
  14. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    The top of the Lyman 1200 Turbo bowl is my media separator. It is slotted and works as it was designed.
     
  15. gforester

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    I, along with 2 of my shooting friends have been sharing the same Frankford EZ tumbler for about 2 years now and have had no issues with it whatsoever. For media separating I am using the Dillon setup. It is a good bit larger then the Frankford one and I still have to rotate slow to keep media from flying everywhere.