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......
Shotgunner: no pics. I'll let you suffer in darkness
Nov 21, 2014 11:37:29 GMT -5
glennz01: I'll have pics later on, all the slabs are covered in muddy oil
Nov 21, 2014 13:32:11 GMT -5
mr.mohs: you & I both Scott... I just prepped some work for tomorrow...last chance grind for awhile...new opportunity in the work dept.......wish me luck....
Nov 21, 2014 18:36:22 GMT -5
snowmom: coffee is good. Best of luck with the job situation Ed. no fair to talk about cutting without show and tell you guys.
Nov 22, 2014 7:25:26 GMT -5
mr.mohs: I still have a 1/2 hour before I need to leave...maybe I can get a little rock grinding in... Ha Ha
Nov 22, 2014 7:57:50 GMT -5
mr.mohs: did I play hooky ? I'm grinding all day long...all nite if I could...
Nov 22, 2014 14:40:10 GMT -5
Shotgunner: dang, I sliced a lot of rock today.
Nov 22, 2014 23:38:00 GMT -5
ilyakubus: ooh I can SHOUT E_E Hey, I'm new, how's everyone doing?
Nov 23, 2014 23:09:15 GMT -5
joejansal: hi guys, just bought a genie, have never done rocks before. you members probably see all my questions on seashells. I have a 2 wheel cabber that I make my wampum cabs on. need to know where to buy practice thin slabs. thanks joejan
Nov 24, 2014 16:18:40 GMT -5
bhiatt: well tonight at 8pm is when the verdict goes public about the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, St Louis. Im curious to see what happens. National Guard is ready again. I hate to say it but I think it might get bad again for a while with the hood rats.
Nov 24, 2014 18:38:04 GMT -5
bhiatt: I live due east 20 miles from Ferguson but Im in honky tonk town. Not worried. There is some hit list,lol, and Collinsville, IL., the next town over was on the list. Cant remember the exact spot that was listed though.
Nov 24, 2014 18:40:21 GMT -5
Shotgunner: stay safe Brad, stay safe. They shoulda announced yesterday during NFL while it was pouring rain. Scheduling the announcement so far in advance seem to invite bad actors.
Nov 24, 2014 19:05:30 GMT -5
bhiatt: yep. I agree Shotgunner. Now the crowd is gathering on the main street in Ferguson. Gonna last all night. TV is all local news covering it live. Better not cut into my Two Broke Girls lol. kidding
Nov 24, 2014 19:35:34 GMT -5