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Posted: March 19 2018 at 8:06am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Well to days ago I left this on all night no problem, Last night it got left on and froze up. Just hums now any ideas??? Craig

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Posted: March 19 2018 at 8:15am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Motor is shot.

Time to buy another. Replacing the motor would likely
cost more than a replacement tumbler.

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Posted: March 19 2018 at 8:35am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Gee the thing is only 35 years old. I built a big one out of a motor and 5 gallon bucket that I can use but the Lyman did as good a job for smaller loads. Craig

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Posted: March 19 2018 at 8:59am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Understand. Still using a 1st gen Lyman 1200 from 1982
that just keeps going. But they do eventually wear out.
As I said the cost of a replacement motor often exceeds
the cost of the device its housed in.

The liquid sonic cleaners appear to do well I'm told.
Don't personally care for those with tiny stainless steel
pins in the mix. Too much to go wrong in my mind.
I'll just stick with natural woodchip kitty litter from
Wally-World.

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Posted: March 19 2018 at 12:02pm | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Hey Wade I have a sonic cleaner that I think sucks compared to a tumbler. I couldn't get it to clean anything and will take it out with the next load of trash!!!!! Craig

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I used my rotary tumbler the other day for the first time without the pins,
just Dawn and Citric acid for 2.5 hours.

Quite adequate.
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Posted: March 19 2018 at 1:06pm | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

I saw some tumblers that looked pretty good at Harbor Freight last weekend... From about $60 and up. One was huge....

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Posted: March 19 2018 at 2:17pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I hear ya Craig! I've put more than a couple things that
fail me in the trash or launched into the woods with a
sudden outburst of my Lakota temper.

Stick with what works!

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Desert Eagle41 wrote:
Well to days ago I left this on all night no problem, Last night it got left on and froze up. Just hums now any ideas??? Craig


I would dissect it and see if it could be repaired. Next I would go out to the garage and see if I had any motors laying around to replace it with. (I hate throwing good stuff out.) Do you have the parts to make a smaller version of your 5 gallon one?

I have a DeLorme rock tumbler that I've used for many years. It cleans/polishes the outsides of the cases real nice, but doesn't do much for the insides.

I tried a sonic cleaner from Harbor Freight but wasn't impressed, at all, and returned it. I don't know if they still carry it or not, but it was the exact same thing as Lymans without the label and much cheaper.

I know the guys that sell the pins advise to use the super fast Thumblers tumbler, but I opted for the little, twin drum rock tumbler HF sells. I experimented with the various dish soaps, dish detergents and citric acid formulas but was happiest with just the pins. Yes it is slow, but I have nothing but time. As Wade says, go with what works best for you.
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Ranger what brand is that kitty litter you use?
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Posted: March 19 2018 at 4:21pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Arm & Hammer Naturals.

It's a corncob, cedar, and pine ground up stuff. VERY
efficient! Costs diddly next to other corncob stuff. And
it smells great too. It can clean and polish burnt soot
off 50 cases of 45Colt in under an hour. Lasts a good
while and is fluffy so it goes a long way with one bag.

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Posted: March 20 2018 at 9:13am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Just tried to disassemble the turbo tumbler and it's doesn't come apart!! Looks like I will be heading to Harbor Freight after lunch as they have a big one for 54.00 and the local gun shop had them starting at 69.00. I wanted to look at steel pin tumblers but they didn't have any. I like it dry anyway. Craig


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Posted: March 20 2018 at 10:30am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Craig, that sounds like a plan!

I'd do the same too.

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Posted: March 20 2018 at 11:48am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Ok got a new one from Harbor Freight. Works great and the old Lyman bowl will fit on top of the new bowl to make a double decker vib tumbler if I want it. Craig

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Let us know how it lasts....

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Posted: March 20 2018 at 2:04pm | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Thia unit does run faster than my old tumbler so I ran a large quantity of dirty brass thru it for about an hour and it worked as good as my old one if not better. If I had let it go longer the brass would have looked brand new. Craig

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Thanks Ranger I tried a harbor freight tumbler lasted
about a year might just got a lemon
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It's not surprising the Lyman tumbler can't be repaired, except to replace the entire bottom portion. I wonder just how much of it is made in the U.S.?

Harbor Freight stuff is pretty much hit and miss, apparently China's QC is about as good as...well, some stuff made in America now. Pride in quality has taken a back seat to end profits. If you walk through HF and then through the big box home stores it's fun to look at the items that came off the same assembly line.
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Posted: March 21 2018 at 4:31am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

One other avenue I may try to pursue is to take the old tumbler top pumpkin and attach it to my home built five gallon unit that was always too big and also the center cone shape I couldn't ever get right so the brass and media didn't turn over like it should have. My vibration action was very good I just never seemed to need a big machine after I built it. Boy Harbor Freight has a bigger tumbler that you could put oh 10.000 rounds in I would guess. It's a monster!!! Craig

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Posted: March 21 2018 at 8:20am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

OK just had the old pumpkin bungeed to the home built rig and it works great!! I do need to affix it to the motor/mount to make all the bungee cords go away. Will update as I go along. Craig

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