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Posted: 1/30/2010 10:31:54 PM EDT
i have all but killed the CV500 tumbler that i have had for ages, it is on its 4th motor.
i like to tumble.... a LOT.
i tumble before resize/deprime, i tumble the lube off, load, and tumble once more(short session) before checking each round with a case gauge.

is dillon worth the extra money for their tumblers?
or would going with a harbor freight special or other brand be more economical/sensible?
i have a fair amount of volume per year, so if the HF brand is a pos that fails after only a couple hundred hours, that is not for me.
flamethrower and other industry grade reloaders, what do you prefer to use?
thanks
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 12:03:14 AM EDT
Rotary I offer up Thumblers Model B (High Speed Version) and for vibratory I would look at the Dilllon 750 (now wears CV2001 Motor).
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 3:23:30 AM EDT
I have two Lyman 2500's that I tumble a lot of 50 bmg with.
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 3:38:28 AM EDT
do you have the Lyman 2500's with the autoflo feature?  If so, is it useful/worth the extra money?
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 4:16:54 AM EDT
get a Thumler's UV-18, they last decades, literally.
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 5:32:44 AM EDT
Concrete mixer.....
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 5:51:09 AM EDT
I have two of these that I really like. Tumbled a couple of tons of brass in them....


cabela's
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 6:16:17 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
get a Thumler's UV-18, they last decades, literally.


Great tumblers, and fairly quiet.

Link Posted: 1/31/2010 6:30:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2010 6:33:16 AM EDT by Sgt_Cottle]
I have the HF Mega Beast ... it tumbles a couple thousand of pistol cases and about a thousand of any rifle case at any one time.  I had a Lyman 2500 with the auto flow and I sold it once I got this.  This has double the media capacity (8lbs vs. 18lbs) and the motor is significantly stronger.  I have at least 300-400 hours of tumbling on it, and It is extremely quite ... not even as loud as my bathroom fan.  I was going to go the concrete mixer route, but the one I have is a little on the loud side ... plus it takes a good bit of room.  With the 20% off coupons in American Rifleman ... you would be hard pressed to find a tumbler of this quality for less (about $90 with coupon when it's on sale).

Sarg


Link Posted: 1/31/2010 7:54:11 AM EDT
I've been using Cabelas tumblers for 6+ years now.  I ran them almost 24/7 for 2+ years cleaning buckets and buckets of range brass I used to be able to get almost free.  Since then, I've only run them an average of twice a week - usually for 8-10 hours at a time though (while at work or overnight).  Haven't burned out a motor on any of them.  If you save your receipt, I would even bet Cabelas would replace them if they fell apart after a year or two.  I have had very good luck with Cabela's branded product and the few times I have had any of it fail, they always returned/exchanged it as long as I still had the receipt (I'm talking years later).
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 8:10:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Sgt_Cottle:
I have the HF Mega Beast ... it tumbles a couple thousand of pistol cases and about a thousand of any rifle case at any one time.  I had a Lyman 2500 with the auto flow and I sold it once I got this.  This has double the media capacity (8lbs vs. 18lbs) and the motor is significantly stronger.  I have at least 300-400 hours of tumbling on it, and It is extremely quite ... not even as loud as my bathroom fan.  I was going to go the concrete mixer route, but the one I have is a little on the loud side ... plus it takes a good bit of room.  With the 20% off coupons in American Rifleman ... you would be hard pressed to find a tumbler of this quality for less (about $90 with coupon when it's on sale).

Sarg

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i only see the 5 pound tumbler on harbor freights web site.
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 8:49:41 AM EDT
hands down, the Thumler's UV-18





Link Posted: 1/31/2010 9:30:18 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Sgt_Cottle:
I have the HF Mega Beast ...


I am not seeing that model at HF's web site.  Do you have a link or maybe a model number?

Link Posted: 1/31/2010 10:15:06 AM EDT
I have an old Thumbler's rotary model.  Going on 20+ years old, and still cleaning brass.
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 10:26:13 AM EDT
That larger HF caught my eye when I saw it in one of their retail stores around me. It looked solid



http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96923


 
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 10:44:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By imtheflash:
That larger HF caught my eye when I saw it in one of their retail stores around me. It looked solid


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96923
 


Thank you.

Link Posted: 1/31/2010 11:50:12 AM EDT
OR you can build your own like I did, cost me 12$ to build this baby and i can fit 15# worth or media in there.

specs:
1 half HP motor
1 5 gallon bucket
1 3 or 4 gallon bucket
1 3/4 inch sheet of play cut the fit in the bottom of bucket.
1 frame of some sort
some way to attach it to frame( I used bailing wire, be it i live on a farm and i have more wire than i can shake a stick at.)


now here are some pictures to look at (sorry there shitty, cell phone pics )


The cleaner

The Bucket with the media in it

The 5 gallon bucket with the motor attached, no meadia goes in here

The motor, i have a peice of steel on the with a hole drilled in it of center to get it to vibrate.

If you would like drawn up plans please IM or email i will be happy to email them to you.

Thanks

Scotts556
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 12:06:00 PM EDT
I would say go with the 3.5Cu ft poly drum mixer if you can afford it for large volumes of brass (4-5 gallons at a time) Or the Dillon CV2001 for large but not huge. I have both and they have worked well for me with no problems.

Link Posted: 1/31/2010 12:06:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ABN-RGR:
Concrete mixer.....


This!
Link Posted: 1/31/2010 1:59:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sgt_Cottle:
I have the HF Mega Beast ... it tumbles a couple thousand of pistol cases and about a thousand of any rifle case at any one time.  I had a Lyman 2500 with the auto flow and I sold it once I got this.  This has double the media capacity (8lbs vs. 18lbs) and the motor is significantly stronger.  I have at least 300-400 hours of tumbling on it, and It is extremely quite ... not even as loud as my bathroom fan.  I was going to go the concrete mixer route, but the one I have is a little on the loud side ... plus it takes a good bit of room.  With the 20% off coupons in American Rifleman ... you would be hard pressed to find a tumbler of this quality for less (about $90 with coupon when it's on sale).


I did the same thing, but my bottom like price was ~$130, on sale for $149 plus the 20% coupon and Tx tax.  It has been a really good tumbler so far.

Link Posted: 1/31/2010 2:44:49 PM EDT
I have a Lyman Turbo 600 from 27 years ago. My grandpa used it, my dad used it, now I'm using it. This thing has really proven it self over time, and I can guarantee you this, when it does die (if it dies...), it will be replaced with another Lyman (just a bigger one). My only problem is that the 600 is very small (holds 200 9mm or 100 .223), and I plan on upgrading it with a 1200 bowl, which will double my capacity.

Big thumbs up for the Lyman!
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