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......
wampidy: the water tank for one bath.
Apr 21, 2014 19:10:02 GMT -5
wampidy: The verison jet pack works excellent for internet. I get 5 gig for fifty a month but I have not gone over 4 gig yet and I watch a lot of the weather channel videos.
Apr 21, 2014 19:13:23 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: A bath tub, that's funny Jim! I have just a shower, but it ends up being extra closet space. Comes in handy for storing all those goodies bought in Quartzsite!
Apr 21, 2014 19:15:11 GMT -5
wampidy: If I keep this trailer I am going to take out the tub and make a cabinet out of half of the space. If I need to soak my feet (or head) I have a plastic tub for that.
Apr 21, 2014 22:13:51 GMT -5
mr.mohs: fyi-going to fix my umbrella with a hose clap! Rock on! Ed
Apr 21, 2014 22:23:23 GMT -5
drocknut: Made it to Helena. Had to head back before the predicted storms hit. Looks like I may be testing the insulation sooner than I had hoped. Send warm thoughts please.
Apr 22, 2014 20:36:03 GMT -5
drocknut: Mine is a shower only too but does have a little bit of a bathtub that is being used as a trash bag holder right now. Will try to get pics later.
Apr 22, 2014 20:39:09 GMT -5
drocknut: Jim, I am currently using something called fox fi through my phone for internet. Thought about getting the jet pack but going to try this with my current data plan before I shell out more money. Generator is top of the list right now.
Apr 22, 2014 20:41:56 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: mr.mohs, how did that hose clap work?? Are you up and grinding?? Sending some cooler weather (maybe rain?) your way for the weekend. At least the Heart concert is indoors Sunday. We have a lot of outdoor concerts here... mohstly. Rain sucks then.
Apr 23, 2014 11:31:12 GMT -5
lparker: I use fox fi as a backup at my house for when my satellite is acting out.
Apr 23, 2014 12:32:31 GMT -5
mr.mohs: thanks for the umbrella inquiry Jean hose clamp success! sometimes she stop & show me her rocks... under my umbrella-- that's how the whole thing started--- silly--- but it true....mohs
Apr 23, 2014 12:57:06 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Made chili relleno casserole today, yum! Also started Jalapeno jelly (jals cut-up and steeped), but will have to finish the job tomorrow. TIP: Take a leak first, then don vinyl gloves. Sometimes I get the oils in my eye anyway, but not today!
Apr 23, 2014 20:16:53 GMT -5
gritz: I'm getting a forum exceeds attachment space limit error?
Apr 23, 2014 21:44:56 GMT -5
mr.mohs: gritz--never had that error & I've had many---pretty sure you'll figure it out- are you posting pictures from photobucket?
Apr 23, 2014 22:23:53 GMT -5
mr.mohs: what kind of chili did you use, Jean? what did you make the casserole out of?
Apr 23, 2014 22:28:37 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Ortega green chilis, mr.mohs. With jack and cheddar cheese and covered with El Pato hot tomato sauce. It's the casserole I brought to the BBQ in Quartzsite. Do you remember? Did you get some of it, Ed? It is so good!
Apr 24, 2014 0:10:39 GMT -5
mr.mohs: darn no! now I remember everyone raving about it. next time!
Apr 24, 2014 0:48:40 GMT -5