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tumbler or vibrator case cleaner ?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by cajun_chooter, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. VN350X10

    VN350X10

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    Raytech has motors built for them, & they are NOT friendly to deal with on the consumer level. They actually built the Lyman 2500 & 3200 series tumblers.
    I have a 3200 that is currently setting, dead, as neither Raytech or Lyman has any interest in supplying a replacement motor.
    Dillon isn't real good about it either, I have one of their older large (forget the model#) tumblers not running. They've changed suppliers over the years.
    The main problem, is the fact that a motor made for a vibratory application is FAR different in bearings & construction, than a normal duty motor.
    This I can state for FACT, as I work for the largest mfg'r. of vibratory equipment in the world....

    www.generalkinematics.com

    While we build very large equipment, the theory is the same, & "normal" motors just don't cut it!
    Everything we build has custom motors, to our own specs, to live in the applications .

    uncle albert
     
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  2. PEC-Memphis

    PEC-Memphis Scottish Member

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    I have owned both.

    The vibratory cleaner failed and came close to starting a fire.

    I bought a Thumbler with thermal protection on the motor.

    The thumbler is (much) slower to clean to the same level, I just have it on a 6 hour timer. It gives the option for wet or dry. The rotary thumbler is a lot, not just a little, but a lot, quieter than a vibratory cleaner. It is less convenient to open (six wingnuts instead of one).
     
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  3. JBS

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    Concur with same outstanding results (stainless media and Thumblers Tumbler). My very old metal base RCBS Mega Tumbler (Vibratory ) and my Thumbler’s Tumbler (Vibratory ) have been relegated to super polishing duty with flitz and corn cob now when I just have to have mirror polished cases.
    Replacement motors from Thumbler’s can easily be adapted to salvage burned out tumblers of other brands.
     
  4. njl

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    What's your method for drying the brass, and what do you do with the lead contaminated wash water?
     
  5. jlavallee

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    Dirty water into the toilet. To dry after I seperate the media from the brass I put a couple of small pieces of rag into the seperator basket and spin. I then remove the damp rag pieces and put a couple of dry ones in and spin again. Then I just dump them on a tray and reload later after they've air dried to ensure there are no droplets inside, I re-use the rag pieces. I know some guys put the brass in the oven and stuff but mine is virtually dry when I dump it out and any droplet inside will air dry here in NV in a day or so.
     
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    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    Dillon will replace the motor but by the time you buy the replacement motor and ship the tumbler back to Dillon it is almost the cost of just buying a new tumbler.
     
  7. VN350X10

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    Last time I called Dillon about it, they said that there were no replacement motors avaliable for the model I have.

    uncle albert
     
  8. G31

    G31 Millennium Member

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    I have a Lyman Autoflo 2200 that has been wonderful the past 10 years. I vote vibratory cleaner all the way...no mess or fuss, unless you spill the bowl, or leave it unattended while emptying.
     
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    I prefer a 8inch....oh nvm. I use a lyman Tumbler...havent had any issues and gets my cases clean enough with some lizard bedding and a cap of Nu Finish!

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