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Timer for Brass Tumbler

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Jon_R, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Jon_R


    May 3, 2009
    Central Florida
    Does anyone have a recommendation on an electronic timer to use to shut off a brass tumbler? Sometimes I forget about it and it runs really long.

    I would like to put it on a countdown type timer for 2 or 3 hours then it powers it off. All the timers I am finding are ones where you would have it turn on at a specified time each day and turn off at a specific time.

    Any feedback would be welcome.
  2. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Just be sure to get a three prong timer, it's ussually called a Appliance Timer. You do not need a digital. Just the dial with the on off pins. Here is how to do it.

    Set the off pin to Midnight. Then spin the dial to 9PM and turn the timer on. The timer will run for 3 hours and turn off and never turn on again. If you want more time then turn it on sooner (6PM). Actual time is not important. Just always have the shut off set to Midnights and rotate the dial to get the run time you actually want.

    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010

  3. webyourbusiness

    webyourbusiness Glockin' on...

    Sep 26, 2007
    Loveland, CO
    I use this cheap timer with the mechanical dial - I have one stop-pin in it, crank it round to an hour or two, depending on the cleaning level required and flick the "on" switch...

    Home-depot had them for $7.99 when I got them I think.. but that was a while back. I grabbed a few for "spare" while I was at it - I used a few on my aquarium at the office for light timing as well... 3-pronged and cheap - they have lasted and lasted it seems...

  4. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Thats the one I have as well. No reason to get the 2 prong that does not protect as well when the 3 prong is the right price anyway.
  5. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Appliance/Security timer as stated. I keep both pins (on and off) in mine, set for 2 hours run time. Spin the dial until it turns on, walk away. Unlike with the single stop pin, I don't have to look at the dial to see what time the pointer is set to.

    Kind of like Ron Popiel with his rotisserie - "set it and forget it."
  6. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
  7. GLShooter


    Jan 3, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Just go down to Wally's and buy a 3 prong type timer. They are less than $10.00 and will last your lifetime.

  8. jmorris


    Apr 13, 2006
    And it's digital, you don't need that unless you want it to run next Tuesday and Thursday for 1 hour each time.

    Thats more like it unless your the "lots of lights" kind of guy.
  9. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    Avoid the timers with on off pins (else the timer comes back on when the dial makes another round).

    I got one of the times where you dial in how much time you want it to run. From a few minutes to 12 hours. Once it's off, it stays off, no matter how long you stay away. You can get them at Lowes or Home Depot.
  10. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Most of those, you can pull the "On" pin... and it won't come back on. Follow C4W's instructions, leave the "Off" pin at midnight, if you want it to run 4hrs, move the timer to 8pm, and let it run. It'll shut off when it hits the "Off" pin in 4hrs.