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DoctaGlockta
09-10-2011, 17:31
The Frankford Arsenal tumbler I purchased over 2 years ago is starting to make some interesting noises. I imagine its time is limited. Any recommendations? I don't want to go stainless steel nor ultrasonic (been there). Want the unit to take up about the same space as my old one. Usually do batches of 100 pistol or rifle brass. Thanks in advance gentlemen.

Fwdftw
09-10-2011, 17:37
No problems outta my lyman

El_Ron1
09-10-2011, 17:40
The Cabela's 400 tumbler has been reported by members here to be good.

http://www.cabelas.com/tumblers-scales-cabelas-case-tumbler-kit-1.shtml

It's a relabled something... Berry's maybe?

GioaJack
09-10-2011, 17:54
Spend your money of carefully coifed hair and new clothes... they attract more women than shiny brass. :whistling:


Jack

jack76590
09-10-2011, 18:11
Lortone designed for rock tumbling is heavy duty, long lasting and expensive. QT12 is nice model. Link to one supplier.

http://www.spencerlapidary.com/sl-equipment-lortone-rock-tumblers.html

oneofthose
09-10-2011, 18:28
The Cabela's 400 tumbler has been reported by members here to be good.

http://www.cabelas.com/tumblers-scales-cabelas-case-tumbler-kit-1.shtml

It's a relabled something... Berry's maybe?

I've had one of these for almost 4 years, no complaints, but I've considered buying a bigger one.

El_Ron1
09-10-2011, 18:45
Spend your money of carefully coifed hair and new clothes... they attract more women than shiny brass. :whistling:


JackThat's been Uncle Don's mantra. :patriot:

Colorado4Wheel
09-10-2011, 18:59
Dillon or Lyman.

Vartarg
09-10-2011, 19:01
mY RCBS burned up the motor earlier this year.....and replaced it with a Dillon 750.....teriific, can't say enough good about it. Very quiet.....

fredj338
09-10-2011, 20:15
You learned what I keep telling guys about FA elec stuff, it is just poor quality. I like the Dillon too, but I have been using an Ultrvibe for about 20yrs, almost every week, still going strong. http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&sugexp=gsis,i18n%3Dtrue&cp=15&gs_id=1c&xhr=t&q=ultra+vibe+tumbler&pq=ultravibe+2000&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=782&bih=422&wrapid=tljp1315707226947212&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=4964714200623417272&sa=X&ei=ThlsTsjlI-6HsALLwI3MBA&sqi=2&ved=0CCUQ8wIwAA#

ron59
09-10-2011, 20:22
The Cabela's 400 tumbler has been reported by members here to be good.

http://www.cabelas.com/tumblers-scales-cabelas-case-tumbler-kit-1.shtml

It's a relabled something... Berry's maybe?

I have one of these.... 2+ years old, 40,000 cases tumbled and still going strong. I'd probably buy another. I could buy 3 of these before buying one Dillon. I'm all about Dillon presses, but think their tumblers are ultra pricey. Don't think I need one as big as their biggest either.

PCJim
09-10-2011, 22:59
Depending upon the "strange noises" your beloved is making, you may only need to replace a spring or two, some washers and nuts. Before you retire her, check to see if a simple repair might be all that is needed.

That said, if you're tired of hearing her whine, pressuring you to see something new and shiny, look at the Lyman lineup.

El_Ron1
09-10-2011, 23:27
If you're handy and fairly clever, you can spec a suitable replacement motor too.

EL_NinO619
09-10-2011, 23:48
My Lyman does the Job and never complains. And i over load it all the time.

Cobra64
09-11-2011, 01:19
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Gun%20Cleaning/LYMANTUMBLER.jpg

Tpro
09-11-2011, 02:28
The Frankford Arsenal tumbler I purchased over 2 years ago is starting to make some interesting noises. I imagine its time is limited. Any recommendations? I don't want to go stainless steel nor ultrasonic (been there). Want the unit to take up about the same space as my old one. Usually do batches of 100 pistol or rifle brass. Thanks in advance gentlemen.


So you have used stainless steel as a media and didn't like it? If not I would skip all the other junk and look into it. I have some experience with ultrasonic cleaners in commercial use and they didn't do as advertised. That's why I shy'd away from them for cleaning.

The SS sytem has many other uses. Don't pass it by just because of cost. You'd be stepping over donuts to pick up dog turds.

crsuribe
09-11-2011, 02:36
I bought a Lyman turbo 1200 today at Cabela's for $44.99

Put 100 really really dirty brass casings and they came out shinier than new after 1.5hrs. Very happy with it. I'm not sure what the different types of media do but I got the green kind from Lyman and it seems to work pretty well..

sigman69
09-11-2011, 08:31
Had a midway tumbler for about 18 yrs went out got a cableas didnt last one year they swapped it out, and I have a FA one also..it seems to be working ok but havent used it that much.

BK63
09-11-2011, 08:35
My Lyman is 24 years old and keeps on tickin.

Fragadelic
09-11-2011, 08:41
My Lyman is 24 years old and keeps on tickin.

Same here but I have you by a few years - purchased in 1982

GioaJack
09-11-2011, 09:52
Filling up a martini shaker with media and cases works very well... the butler starts to complain after a few hundred cases though.


Jack

TX Archer
09-11-2011, 18:22
The Cabela's 400 tumbler has been reported by members here to be good.

http://www.cabelas.com/tumblers-scales-cabelas-case-tumbler-kit-1.shtml

It's a relabled something... Berry's maybe?

I'm currently buying everything to get started. I was originally planning to buy the comparable size Dillon tumbler and separate media separator but reviews look good on this one. Does anyone think I will regret my decision if I go with this?

ron59
09-12-2011, 07:20
I'm currently buying everything to get started. I was originally planning to buy the comparable size Dillon tumbler and separate media separator but reviews look good on this one. Does anyone think I will regret my decision if I go with this?

See my response above... I think it's a great value.

sigman69
09-12-2011, 07:45
the cabelas model is made by berry's mine worked great but sure didnt last long!!!

PsychoKnight
09-17-2011, 14:50
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Gun%20Cleaning/LYMANTUMBLER.jpg

Sorry, but no - don't get the Auto-Flo, sucks big time. Thought it was just me, but just about everybody else who has one hates it. I traded the bowl for someone with the standard version and am now a happy camper. Have both a 1200 and Lyman 2500, the 2500 is big for the money - and you'll probably shoot more at a time over the years, not less.

SCmasterblaster
09-21-2011, 07:44
My Dillon has lasted me over 20 years, and it is running right now with 200 9x19s

norton
09-21-2011, 18:33
Any of you tried to Sonic case cleaners?

DoctaGlockta
09-22-2011, 07:56
Any of you tried to Sonic case cleaners?
Yes. Works well but involves a drying step however so I stopped doing it.

Ahmid
09-22-2011, 08:03
I have used two Lortone lapidary's for about thirty years. They are both going strong. Never had one problem. The do take a lot longer to shine your brass, but they are very quiet. Just gave one to my brother. Also have a RCBS vibrator cleaner very nice, fast, noisy.

mjbulls
09-22-2011, 08:04
sorry i thought this was a michael stipe (REM) thread :whistling::tongueout::rofl:

cole
09-22-2011, 09:13
The orange one works for me.

norton
09-22-2011, 11:14
Yes. Works well but involves a drying step however so I stopped doing it.

DG, I was wondering if using a sonic might keep my progressive press cleaner, especially the primer slide on my Dillon

kamonjj
09-22-2011, 14:05
This thread couldn't have come at a better time since I'm in the process of buying everything need to jump into the world of reloading. Looks like the one from cabelas is what I'll be buying. I'll only be reloading a few hundred rounds a month so it should last me awhile.

themighty9mm
09-24-2011, 01:11
Sorry, but no - don't get the Auto-Flo, sucks big time. Thought it was just me, but just about everybody else who has one hates it. I traded the bowl for someone with the standard version and am now a happy camper. Have both a 1200 and Lyman 2500, the 2500 is big for the money - and you'll probably shoot more at a time over the years, not less.
I dont own a seperator, I shake all the cases out by hand. While the auto flow isnt worth much at all. I do actually use it. It by no mean empties the cases of media unless you move them around by hand. Even then it does a very very poor job of it. I do use it to get the majority of the media out of the tumbler though. Worth it? No, not really. A seperator would be a far better investment. However I also dont find my time worth much unless I'm at work.

kshutt
09-26-2011, 05:18
My Thumler's Tumbler Ultra-vibe 18 is probably half Jack's age, and is still going strong! I haven't priced them in several years, but if you get one it may be your last for awhile. I seriously bought it in the early 80's, and it's very quiet compared to some of the others. Take a look: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=ultra+vibe+18&hl=en&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1280&bih=937&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=4964714200623

hdsteve69
09-26-2011, 05:22
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Gun%20Cleaning/LYMANTUMBLER.jpg
This is what I use and I will stuff it full with 250 plus rounds at a time, it never complains just keeps on tumblin.

Ceapea
09-26-2011, 09:11
I have a 1.5 yr old Lyman 1200 AutoFlo. Over 18k pieces of brass through it so far and it has been flawless! However, I find the "AutoFlo" feature to be useless and time consuming. I takes quite a bit of time to empty the bowl. And you have to hold the catch pan at an angle to keep the media from falling all over the place.

So, I bought a plastic storage tub, 16 1/2" x 25" (at the top opening) x 15" high.
Then, off to the $1 store, found a made in U.S.A. dish washing tub for $2
(go figure) and drilled a bunch of 1/4" and 5/16" holes in it. The pictures were taken before I decided to drill the center holes to 5/16". I started out by drawing the approx. 1" square grid-work on the bottom of the tub.
See pictures below.

I put the wash tub inside the storage tub and pour the brass and media in. 10-15 seconds of (noisy) shaking and I'm done. Remove wash tub and brass, pour media from storage tub back into tumbler. Done! No mess, no fuss. Everything stores right inside of the storage tub when done.

http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/yy35/Ceapea/Misc/IMG_0078.jpg

http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/yy35/Ceapea/Misc/IMG_0080.jpg


Just last week, my gun club had a "sports-mans" show and swap. I picked up an older Cabela's/Berry's tumbler, 2000 9mm cases and 10 lbs of corn cob media and the original, never been used, separating tray, all for $25!
It is even quieter than my Lyman and it too has worked very nicely...so far. Just over 2000 9mm cases cleaned by it.
It seems to "move" the brass better (quicker?) than the Lyman also. Maybe it's just me though.

Good luck!

P.S.
You really don't need the AutoFlo feature...on any size Lyman.

Ceapea
09-26-2011, 09:28
Alright, I just went and shook down 300 38 spl. cases. It actually took 35 seconds. Two hundred 380 cases took less time, 20 seconds. I guess that is because they are not as tall and empty faster during the shaking process.