I went to harbor freight to get a couple of belts and bought a new tumbler and 4 belts. I broke two belt right in a row I think I might be overloading it with 45's
I ran this tumbler for years then it starts breaking belts. Everything looks good with the pulleys, the only other thing I can think of is too much
Well the HF tumbler has a limit of 3 lbs total per drum. At some point I started to push the envelope on that. I recently ordered a new motor on eBay.When I overload mine, which is not hard to do, I know it pretty much right away as the drums won't turn I have in turn, poured out some of the solution/brass/pins or taken one drum off and just done them one at a time. None of these are fun fixes.
Being a packrat, I still have the small electric motor from a dishwasher that I changed out a few years ago. I have dabbled in searching for DIY tumbler plans and one of these days may get around to jury rigging something...one plan used a five gallon bucket set on a 45 degree angle. Issues center around having a cover that is tight, but easily removed and installing "vanes" on the interior circumference to provide tumbling and agitation. Another utilized a 6" PVC soil pipe.
Maybe we need a sticky in reloading for tumbler ideas and offerings?
Tell me about it. I got to thinking too much and decided that putting an ounce of mineral spirits into my walnut media would cut carbon better and faster. The rubber gaskets swelled up from the solvent and wouldn't create an adequate seal...the drums were OK however. I had to purchase two new cover gaskets off EBay...Well the HF tumbler has a limit of 3 lbs total per drum. At some point I started to push the envelope on that. I recently ordered a new motor on eBay.