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: a box of rocks is a beautiful thing ! an empty box is dumb...mostly
Sept 20, 2014 6:08:39 GMT -5
Fossilman: Some of my boxes might have just one rock in them,but they are never empty..LOL Thumbs up
Sept 20, 2014 8:52:57 GMT -5
mr.mohs: a box of hammers is dumb...unless its a box of rock hammers...then its a beautiful thing...mohs
Sept 20, 2014 9:19:04 GMT -5
mr.mohs: damn humidity its hampering my rock grinding
Sept 20, 2014 12:02:56 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Sorry about the high humidity, Ed. I had to suffer through it last week. You're one tough hombre. You'll survive it, and live to grind another day! I've heard of people dumber than a bag of hair... Know anybody like that? (No blonde jokes, please.)
Sept 20, 2014 23:02:20 GMT -5
wampidy: My hair was pretty smart. It ran away.
Sept 21, 2014 0:50:49 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Ha ha, Jim, you funny! Did it run away, or just leisurely stroll away?
Sept 21, 2014 4:18:31 GMT -5
Fossilman: LMAO,mine ran away when I was around 26 years old,haven't missed it one bit...saves on soap..
Sept 21, 2014 8:44:21 GMT -5
mr.mohs: u r right Jean! what a different a day makes! Dew point down, humid 1/2, I'm still an ornery hombre and the rock'n fine! Miraculous!
Sept 21, 2014 14:17:07 GMT -5
Shotgunner: just put both a pastrami and a porkstrami (Hey!! why not??) in brine - pictures in two weeks. Stay tuned.
Sept 21, 2014 18:55:26 GMT -5
stephent: Porkstrami?? ain't skeered of it getting "slick" in that brine in a few days then?
Sept 21, 2014 19:28:29 GMT -5
wampidy: It ran about the same age as flossiman. My kids taught me every bald joke that was ever written. I can sure grow a full head of hair on my ears though. Tried combing it over but the wind raised hell with that.
Sept 21, 2014 19:55:28 GMT -5
Shotgunner: stephent - slick?? naw. Pork meat cures with the same salts when making sausage. We'll see. I could be a fool...
Sept 21, 2014 20:16:48 GMT -5
Fossilman: Ear hair,back hair,knuckle hair,etc,etc.......LMAO It all went south...
Sept 21, 2014 22:54:46 GMT -5
nowyo: My father always said the only thing I was good for was growing hair. Still can, dam the costs for haircuts and such.
Sept 22, 2014 0:12:51 GMT -5
mr.mohs: grooming was never my strong suit! I saved lot money! money for rocks
Sept 22, 2014 0:14:14 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Very nice day today. It was a Goldilocks day, not too hot, not too cold, but just right! My Chargers won, my Padres won, and everything is right with the world.
Sept 22, 2014 0:35:39 GMT -5
Fossilman: Thumbs up Jean!!!!!!
Sept 22, 2014 9:47:41 GMT -5
Fossilman: Well I have onions to dry out ..First time trying this type of storage out..Cooler days are here finally!! Hell ya'!!!
Sept 22, 2014 10:32:55 GMT -5