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Tumbler

MrGunz22MrGunz22 Member Posts: 2,086 ✭✭✭
What do you guys recommend? I searched old posts and it seems like everyone recommends something different. I don't have any new casings. I've been collecting my spent cases for a few years so I think i would like to clean them up first. I'd like to spend under a $100 if possible but if all that will buy is a POS I can spend more. I want something that will get the job done right.

Thanks

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  • MIKE WISKEYMIKE WISKEY Member, Moderator Posts: 9,957 ******
    edited November -1
  • dcs shootersdcs shooters Member Posts: 10,969
    edited November -1
    My Midway, bought 1988 is still going strong [^]
  • MG1890MG1890 Member Posts: 4,649
    edited November -1
    I bought a Midsouth kit with tumbler, media, and separator for under $100. Holds about 300 .223's.
  • MrGunz22MrGunz22 Member Posts: 2,086 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I didn't even think about a separater. It will probably save a lot of time.
  • redpeteredpete Member Posts: 154 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have a Lyman and an RCBS separator...what a great combo!
  • MrGunz22MrGunz22 Member Posts: 2,086 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    What about a sonic cleaner. It seems a lot faster. Which is better? Tumbler or sonic cleaner
  • 35 Whelen35 Whelen Member Posts: 14,310 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thumler's Tumbler Model UV-18

    thu180.jpg
    An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.
  • MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,688 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have 2 Lyman 2500's and a Dillon 750. Lymans work faster. You need to determine how much brass you want to handle per load. Always go bigger than you think you'll need.
    My experience with Midway tumblers has not been good. While they are cheap, many only lasted 3-4 months for me. I have two sitting in the corner right now that don't work right but it costs more to ship them back than they're worth. The first one I bought lasted several years but the current production is worthless.
  • gunnut505gunnut505 Member Posts: 10,290
    edited November -1
    Just buy a sack of rice, pour it and your brass into a pillow case, toss it all in the dryer on fluff, and save a few dollars.
  • wanted manwanted man Member Posts: 3,276
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by gunnut505
    Just buy a sack of rice, pour it and your brass into a pillow case, toss it all in the dryer on fluff, and save a few dollars.


    Do you get a better shine with white rice or brown? [:0]
  • MrGunz22MrGunz22 Member Posts: 2,086 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by wanted man
    quote:Originally posted by gunnut505
    Just buy a sack of rice, pour it and your brass into a pillow case, toss it all in the dryer on fluff, and save a few dollars.


    Do you get a better shine with white rice or brown? [:0]


    [:D]
  • MrGunz22MrGunz22 Member Posts: 2,086 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The Lyman's are on sale now at Cabelas. Might go that route. Still not sure
  • midnightrunpaintballermidnightrunpaintballer Member Posts: 2,233 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    avoid the frankford arsenal tumblers. frankford arsenal makes a lot of decent items. their tumbler is not one of them.
  • 62fuelie62fuelie Member Posts: 1,069 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have a pair of larger Dillons a 2000 and a 2001 both are excellent and will hold about 500 '06 cases at a time with no strain.
  • Maxx424Maxx424 Member Posts: 719 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by midnightrunpaintballer
    avoid the frankford arsenal tumblers. frankford arsenal makes a lot of decent items. their tumbler is not one of them.


    This - had one. Loud and slow.
  • armilitearmilite Member Posts: 35,478 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've got an old Thummlers tumbler model B that keeps on rolling along.
    Also have one of those vibrating ones I picked up at Harbor Freight.
    It works pretty decent.
  • jonkjonk Member Posts: 10,121
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by midnightrunpaintballer
    avoid the frankford arsenal tumblers. frankford arsenal makes a lot of decent items. their tumbler is not one of them.
    Gee, I got one in 2002 and have used it about every weekend... still working fine. Brass is clean and shiny within an hour, can barely hear it if I go upstairs.

    Now that said, if I had to do it over again, I'd go for a large capacity wet drum tumbler and stainless pin media. Never needs replacing. Will pay for itself pretty fast.
  • Mk 19Mk 19 Member Posts: 8,170
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by 35 Whelen
    Thumler's Tumbler Model UV-18

    thu180.jpg

    I have that same unit, close to 35 years old and still running strong
  • xxx97xxx97 Member Posts: 5,721
    edited November -1
    Dillon since 94...
  • mondmond Member Posts: 6,458
    edited November -1
    ultra sonic, saves all the messin about [;)] cases don't need to shine !
  • NavybatNavybat Member Posts: 6,849 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by wanted man
    quote:Originally posted by gunnut505
    Just buy a sack of rice, pour it and your brass into a pillow case, toss it all in the dryer on fluff, and save a few dollars.


    Do you get a better shine with white rice or brown? [:0]


    Starts out white, ends up brown. [:D]

    My Cabela's tumbler cost me $50.00 and runs like a top. It's got an on/off switch and is very quiet.
  • machine gun moranmachine gun moran Member Posts: 5,198
    edited November -1
    I bought a large Lyman 30 years ago. I've often run the thing non-stop for days on end, and it must have cleaned a zillion rounds. It just keeps on truckin'.
  • bigoutsidebigoutside Member Posts: 19,443
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Maxx424
    quote:Originally posted by midnightrunpaintballer
    avoid the frankford arsenal tumblers. frankford arsenal makes a lot of decent items. their tumbler is not one of them.


    This - had one. Loud and slow.


    I'm just starting in this endeavor. Looking at what a tumbler does, it didn't seem to me to be a component where more dollars would give a significantly better result.

    I bot the Frankford. It suits me. I'm loud and slow as well. [;)]

    And without a progressive, it cleans brass far faster than I can load it.
    The extra juice just wasn't worth the squeeze for me.
  • perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,390
    edited November -1
    another vote for THUMLERS TUMBLER ULTRA VIBE 18 had mine since 1972. and I know I have cleaned over 350,000 45acp with smaller amounts of 38 special and all kinds of different Calibers of rifle brass.
  • reload999reload999 Member Posts: 3,079 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    +1 for Lyman. I've had mine since 1987 and it's still going strong.
  • goldeneagle76goldeneagle76 Member Posts: 4,359
    edited November -1
    I've had an RCBS tumbler for 8 years, not a problem with it. Use polish in walnut media with a dryer sheet. Works for me.
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