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Posted: 4/9/2015 2:53:49 PM EDT
For all of us cheap bastards out there, I give you the Cheap Bastard Media Separator!


My cheap bastard media separator.

Take a 5 gallon bucket and cut it in half.
Drill a hole in the center of the bottom big enough to slid over the center stud of your vibratory tumbler.
Drill a whole bunch of holes in the bottom.
Dump tumbled brass full of media into separate container.
Slid bucket onto center stud of tumbler.
Dump brass full of media into bucket.
Turn on tumbler.
Stir brass with hand .
All the media falls back into tumbler for next use.

Link Posted: 4/9/2015 3:19:19 PM EDT
That's pretty good.
Link Posted: 4/9/2015 3:58:05 PM EDT
What do you do with the media that falls out of the holes all over the place

while your dumping the tumbler and before you get the tumbler back under

it?
Link Posted: 4/9/2015 4:00:07 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By makintrax73:
What do you do with the media that falls out of the holes all over the place

while your dumping the tumbler and before you get the tumbler back under

it?
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Dump the tumbler into something else, affix the bucket, dump it back in, run tumbler.
Link Posted: 4/9/2015 4:02:25 PM EDT
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Dump the tumbler into something else, affix the bucket, dump it back in, run tumbler.
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Originally Posted By makintrax73:
What do you do with the media that falls out of the holes all over the place

while your dumping the tumbler and before you get the tumbler back under

it?


Dump the tumbler into something else, affix the bucket, dump it back in, run tumbler.
Yep. I said to dump into separate container and then into mounted bucket.
Link Posted: 4/9/2015 4:25:18 PM EDT
I probably would have figured that out eventually!

Cool idea.
Link Posted: 4/9/2015 4:37:03 PM EDT
Hmmm...I wonder if this could be made to work for SS pins. I've up'd the capacity of my wet tumbler and now its a PIA to separate 10lbs of pins from 10+ pounds of brass. I might sacrifice yet another bucket, I'm getting quite the collection, and see if it works as well.

Brian
Link Posted: 4/9/2015 7:01:07 PM EDT
That is so simple, so cheap and easy to do that I just had to come out of lurking mode to comment on it.

It's one of those "Why didn't I think of that" things.
Link Posted: 4/9/2015 7:05:51 PM EDT
That's pretty sweet!
Link Posted: 4/9/2015 10:06:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/10/2015 8:36:52 AM EDT
Love this idea! I'll be making one this afternoon!
Link Posted: 4/10/2015 9:57:02 AM EDT
It's one of those stupid simple ideas born out of a hate for using a sifter pan.
Link Posted: 4/10/2015 10:44:30 AM EDT
VacaDuck this is awesome!

Thank You!
Link Posted: 4/10/2015 1:25:01 PM EDT
Fantastic idea.

It looks like the same tumbler I have so it should work in mine too.

Thanks for sharing. I'm going to make one for myself.
Link Posted: 4/27/2015 12:03:12 PM EDT
Well, it's been a couple weeks now. Curious if anyone has tried this and hearing any feedback.
Link Posted: 4/27/2015 1:09:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/27/2015 1:10:13 PM EDT by brickeyee]
I have used 1/4 in hardware cloth and an old plastic trash can for years.

Form up basket from HW cloth so it sits about half way down trash can.
Dump in brass, shake a little, twist around some, dump out clean brass.

Media back into tumbler for next pass.

Do it outside there is lead in the dust.
Link Posted: 4/27/2015 10:20:21 PM EDT
I'm making one tomorrow, thanks
Tom
Link Posted: 4/29/2015 2:18:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2015 6:32:54 PM EDT
This is genius.
Link Posted: 4/29/2015 6:39:53 PM EDT
I just made one of these from wire cloth, wood and an old gas pipe:


5gal buckets are too costly and in demand around here to drill holes in around here.
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 4:54:19 AM EDT
Years ago I bought a separator that sits on top of the vibratory tumbler. It's shaped more like a plastic gold pan and the holes are in the center flat part of the pan.
It's always worked great for me.

Good idea to make your own.
Link Posted: 4/30/2015 10:37:51 AM EDT
i wonder if my pan sifter will fit in my cleaner tub...

i've been using the frankford arsenal drum separator, but used to use the sifter separator, so I have one kicking around.
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