Click on the photo and you'll see a short video clip. I built this little dandy after I spent some time in a working opal mine in Lightning ridge. This works well for separating nobbies from kaolinite clay, but it's not so slick for general rock tumbling.
Last Edit: Oct 30, 2009 19:59:06 GMT -5 by julietom
Here is the big tire tumble revision 2 - I cut chamfered disks out of plywood, and used a threaded rod with wing-nuts to tighten the chamfered edges into the bead of the tire rim. Note the V8 soda pop can at the end of the video, to get a sense of the size of things. This is a special large tire that is typical of the front tires of a large cement mixer truck.
I had to wrap a cross-section of inner-tube to each end of the 5 gal bucket, to get it to turn on the hex shaped driver spindles. This was a forgettable effort, with the rubber bands not holding up for more than several hours. dismal failure.....
Oh, I have a lot of rocks laying around to be sure! With the monster tire tumbler, I mostly just ran big rough cobbles in #10 grit, which cuts really fast, and skins the oxidation off rocks in a hurry!! This is expecially important with west coast jaspers, which tend to be rusty looking, and hard to read, until they have spent a nite in the tire tumbler. Ive never run anything bigger than about 20lb cobbles in it. I guess football sized or so. Mostly from there, I slab up the pretty cobbles, for cabbing, and the rest just kinda make their way to the various rock gardens around the house. I also have a 65T tumbler from diamond pacific, which can handle most rocks, but Ive only taken stones out to a satin finish in that thing. I need to get a good batch of smoothies to justify the purchase of a second 65T barrel, which is fairly pricey... I want to use a proper media to cushion the polish cycle in the 65t barrel, its too heavy to roll properly if you fill it with agates for your tumbling media, and if you dont fill it up, its too rough on the stones, and they get dinged up instead of polishing. Ive been cracking walnuts, to get a nice load of walnut shells to cushion the stones.... LOL
BTW, as has been mentioned on other posts, the tire tumbler will do a good job shaping your rocks, but you cant get the full use out of your grit before the sludge gets too milkshakey, and the stones get a bit rounded. After that the big stones would rather slide back down the well of the tire, than roll down in the desired manner. after 2 days or so, you have to muck it all out, rinse out your grit, and start over, after removing all the smooth tumbled stones, that are ready to move on to 60-90 in the next tumbler. Could you imagine storing a set of these tires, one for each phase of tumbling? Also the sealed bearings in my pillow blocks tend to get polish contaminated and wear out fairly rapidly. This is due to the slurry that seeps out of my tire during tumbling. This tumbler generates so much heat, that its like a sauna in that little soundproof room after an overnite tumble. No problems running this system in the dead of winter......
mr.mohs: today turned into clean up day later edcrisp'n w/beef
Oct 11, 2014 12:17:31 GMT -5
drocknut: Haha Russ and Jean. Jim I'll bet you can try but my mom doesn't know where I stashed it. Mine, mine, mine...it's all mine!
Oct 12, 2014 14:54:11 GMT -5
drocknut: So sorry to hear about Ralph, prayers for you and your family Maryann.
Oct 12, 2014 14:55:06 GMT -5
wampidy: I was right, it is there. I will just get your mom out of the house, burn it down and dig through the ashes. Okay, maybe not but you better keep an eye on it. Another way would be to take your mother to dinner then excuse myself to go to the john.
Oct 12, 2014 21:06:46 GMT -5
wampidy: Damn that is one beautiful piece of the earth AND I DIDN'T EVEN GET TO HOLD IT. You were too smart for me. lol
Oct 12, 2014 21:07:58 GMT -5
hornseeker: Just plugged in my QT12 and am tumbling my first batch of rock!!!
Oct 12, 2014 22:50:06 GMT -5
Fossilman: Slabbing rocks today.............
Oct 14, 2014 14:01:10 GMT -5
hornseeker: Wish I was...need a saw!!
Oct 14, 2014 14:44:09 GMT -5
drocknut: Lol, Jim. If I had let you hold it I would never have gotten it back. You did get to see it close up.
Oct 15, 2014 11:38:26 GMT -5
mr.mohs: cut it in half & share
Oct 15, 2014 20:34:58 GMT -5
wampidy: no no no I have no claim to it. She found it fair and square.
Oct 15, 2014 21:08:25 GMT -5
mr.mohs: o.k. I was just playing the role of the Judgment of Solomon...mostly
Oct 15, 2014 21:51:03 GMT -5
Shotgunner: You guys just stop bickering over a little blue rock. sheesh!!
Oct 18, 2014 12:00:43 GMT -5
mr.mohs: grinder where you taking us?
Oct 19, 2014 9:25:02 GMT -5
rocktard: OK, ....where is my listings, I tried to add my pictures using the add attachment, it kept on saying the file was to big.
Oct 19, 2014 9:32:00 GMT -5
kimx5: Need help..have done everything to the rule week after week ...just took stones out after polishing process ...they look lovely while wet but they lose their shine when they dry out ...what have I done wt
Oct 19, 2014 12:29:56 GMT -5
kimx5: Ooopppss. ?.what have I done wrong I was going to ask ?
Oct 19, 2014 12:31:59 GMT -5
Fossilman: kimx5-go to the "Total Rock Tumble" site on this forum,you will get tons of help there...Not many people visit the "shout" page....Thumbs up
Oct 20, 2014 9:36:32 GMT -5
mr.mohs: only the mostly...mostly
Oct 20, 2014 10:51:57 GMT -5
Fossilman: He said he would,I said he wouldn't,but they thought he did,it turned out,he could have..............LMAO
Oct 21, 2014 9:15:14 GMT -5