Post by nutotumbling on Nov 24, 2009 15:57:05 GMT -5
:Just read something about the Chicago Elec Vibrating Tumbler - my hubby just purchased this from HF and I want to use it for ROCK timbling. Everything I am reading on the forum states since this is a DRY tumbler that it should NOT be used for rocks....that it is for jewelry, casings, etc. Does anybody know what happens if you use it for rocks??? Or should we simple return it and get a decent one that is for rocks.....thx
I don't know if they have a wet vibrating tumbler or not, but their reputation on this board isn't very good. Plus if you will be tumbling rough rocks as opposed to pre-forms/cabachons you will need a rotary for the first stage.
I had a Central Electric vibe for a while and for the most part it gave me average performance. It was an experiment to see what kind of vibe tumbler they made.
Here are some notes:
Cheap bowl. The indentations are wear points and wear out quickly. On the upside they are cheap to replace and you can buy extras to keep special tumbling mixes like walnut shells with different polishes and corn cob, etc.
I needed to adjust the weight because it vibrated too violently. I ground 1/8 or an inch off the end of the counter weight and that smoothed things out.
The motor and base for the most part are well made. I used it as my backup vibe and it ran for about a year before the bearings went out on it. I just tossed it after that.
So for occasional use the CE vibe is OK. If you are going to do some serious tumbling it won't hold up. I prefer Ultra-vibes.
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Post by Bikerrandy on Nov 24, 2009 17:40:32 GMT -5
I've never heard of dry tumbling stones. I have a Thumblers UV-10 (Ultra vibe) tumbler, best tumbler that I've ever used. Vibratory rock tumblers are wet tumblers, dry tumblers are for rings, brass powder casings, nuts and bolts......
The reason they say 'Women and children first' is to test the strength of the life boat
Diamond Pacific makes a great product for dry tumbling called "Vibra Dry". It starts at 600 grit and goes all the way to 100,000 so is more of a pre-polish/polish media. That said, every tumbler with the CE name is basically a low cost, low quality, throw away.
Post by 88pathoffroad on Nov 27, 2009 20:56:59 GMT -5
I got one of the 5-lb (?) blue-bowled HFT dry vibe tumblers and sealed it up for wet use. It lasted about 2 months before the motor locked up. Could have been some of the leaky polish or just plain getting wet, but it didn't last long. Worked OK for polishing, nothing spectacular.
wampidy: I'll have you know that I am fearless as long as I am not in the vicinity of ANYONE MALE OR FEMALE learning to pull a trailer, especially if it is a fifth wheel. How big Diane? Hope you like it.
Apr 20, 2014 13:58:44 GMT -5
drocknut: Thanks Ed, right back at ya. Hope your Heart heart rocks their world.
Apr 20, 2014 14:24:25 GMT -5
drocknut: Lol Jean. I'm going to practice the backing for sure. Jim, I wouldn't hit ya, at least not hard. ?.lol
Apr 20, 2014 14:26:25 GMT -5
drocknut: Jim it is 19 feet inside so about 22feet
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mr.mohs: nice rig Diane- slow to roll-- my best advice-- and rock on --of course
Apr 20, 2014 16:01:14 GMT -5
wampidy: Same as mine. I like this size. Do you have your shop set up in yours yet? It is possible you know if you are a minimalist.
Apr 20, 2014 20:00:31 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Mine is same, 19' inside floor length, but more like 22 or 23 feet overall. Dual axle, toybox (drop down back door). How 'bout yours, Diane? Have you posted pics yet? I could have missed them... Nice size for two bodies and one dog.
Apr 20, 2014 20:44:56 GMT -5
drocknut: Yep good size especially with just me and Gypsy. No Jim, no shop yet, haven't even been to the storage unit yet to get my bed sheets..too busy visiting in missoula but I'll get there. Jean, mine's not a toy hauler but is dual axle. Just posted pic.
Apr 21, 2014 9:48:53 GMT -5
mr.mohs: > muttering...I got screw'd...my umbrella crank spun it gears...Philip heads screws just strip out... trying to repair......need easy out...we've had this discussion.... don't have it made in the shade
Apr 21, 2014 12:30:09 GMT -5
wampidy: Mine is listed as a 22.5 feet but I have not measured the inside. I'll bet that I am the only one with a bath tub which comes in handy for the dirty cloths hamper. I can not imagine why anyone would want a bath tub in a travel trailer. It would take half
Apr 21, 2014 19:09:44 GMT -5
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.
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