Post by stewdogg on Jan 17, 2020 14:38:04 GMT -5
I recently received a Harbor Freight double 3lb tumbler for my birthday. I did a bunch of research and got my supplies together to start my first tumble. I only started out with filling one of the 3lb buckets, to make sure I didn't screw up two buckets on my first run.
I filled the bucket about 2/3 to 3/4 full with rock, added my rough grit and filled with water just below the surface of the rocks. I set the tumbler in motion and it's turning and sloshing around... I'm happy. I checked on the tumbler every hour for 3 hours before bed and all was well.
I got up this morning and checked on the tumbler... The tumbler had moved and thus jacked up the buckets. They were not even anymore and who knows how long it had been like that. It was long enough to move the coating on the driveshaft away from the motor and ate away about a quarter of the plastic/rubber coating by pushing it into the far side of the tumbler frame. Now, obviously, it won't work correctly. Even after pushing the coating back, it just won't spin smoothly anymore. I'm pretty bummed, but have been in other hobbies and know it's just a set back and the answer is usually to have a spare to use while I fix the broken one, so I'm thinking I will stop down at our local rock shop and see if they have a nicer tumbler to get this stuff rolling again.
What did I learn?
Not to put the tumbler on a shelf with the ability to move to a not level section of the shelf. It had sides on it, so I knew it wouldn't fall off the shelf.
I didn't push the little plastic guides closer to the buckets to keep them in line. Although, not sure if that would have helped in this situation.
I'm a mechanic/fleet manager and know better than to use Harbor Freight tools when I need to rely on them, but it was a gift, so I guess I already knew that one.
Should I take the water and grit out of the bucket or can I leave it in there until I get my new tumbler or parts for the HF one?
Are side by side tumblers problematic or just the HF ones?