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    Caved and got a wet tumbler!

    So I ended up picking up a harbor freight rock tumbler and ordered some stainless steel chips for the tumblers. Tumbled the brass alone for 30 mins in only dawn to get the big crude off then tumbled the media to clean it in degreaser per instruction from seller for 30 mins was surprised at how black the water came out from just the media.currently running the tumbler for 90 mins to see how the 9mm shells will come out 🙂

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    After 90 mins on the tumbler with ss chips into the dryer. Primer pockets and inside clean loving this.
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    You will like that!

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    Purty! It may tarnish fast if some car wash/wax liquid isn't added to the wash. Just one go round should be good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    Purty! It may tarnish fast if some car wash/wax liquid isn't added to the wash. Just one go round should be good to go.
    do you just run is with the car wash /wax in with the dawn and lemi shine or do you run it instead of the dawn?
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    left the media in the tumbler with a small amount of water I could not get out woke up to a small puddle of water underneath and found one of the drums had what looks like a small gash. going to get it exchanged today and give it another try. If they keep giving issues I am going to end up picking up a Frankford arsenal lite wet tumbler
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    Quote Originally Posted by xiholdtruex View Post
    do you just run is with the car wash /wax in with the dawn and lemi shine or do you run it instead of the dawn?
    In the small drum of the HF tumbler it shouldn't take more than a dash of Dawn and two dashes of the car wash. I still use all three, to include a tsp pf Lemishine, but it probably isn't necessary.

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    left the media in the tumbler with a small amount of water I could not get out woke up to a small puddle of water underneath and found one of the drums had what looks like a small gash. going to get it exchanged today and give it another try. If they keep giving issues I am going to end up picking up a Frankford arsenal lite wet tumbler
    If the side of the HF drum is cut through I am amazed...that's some thick rubber. My pins are rinsed out in my FA spinner and I leave them in the bottom of the bucket after decanting off almost all of the water...until the pins start to move to the lip of the bucket.

    This is the unit I use that I got with my Vibratory tumbler years ago. Other companies make them also.

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    I use a big Neodymium magnet inside a small jar to remove my steel pins. I drain excess water and then dump the brass and pins into my media separator (I have the Frankford Arsenal wet tumbler with the strainer on the end), roll the handle a bit on the separator which liberates 90+% of the steel pins from the brass. This is the point that I use the magnet in a jar to pull the pins out of the residual dirty water in the bottom of the media separator. Then I dry the brass (Frankford Arsenal xxl food dehydrator ) for a few hours (timer) and towel dry the separator. Once the brass is dry and cooled off, I run it through the media separator one last time to remove any residual pins that may have been lurking inside the brass.
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    Went to harbor freight to exchange the unit. Opened the new only one they had and one of the drums was also cracked. Took the good drum from the old one and exchanged the cracked one and loud motor. Going to try it again tonight lets see how it does. Going to pick up some car wash and wax also and give it a shot. Have some neodium magnets at home I will def try them out also.
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    I have several methods of wet tumbling including the Harbor Freight double drum. They do a good job and it sounds like you got a handle on things. One tip I would offer...the manual says it will handle 3 lbs per drum. That's a pound of brass, a pound of media and a cup of water. Don't exceed that by much. Over time your motor will burn out. Don't ask me how I know.
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