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.
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2009 17:07:48 GMT -5 by rockdewd
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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.
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