10-23-2012, 10:16 AM
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Amarillo, TX
Re: Looking to buy a new Tumbler
Originally Posted by steve4102
My Tumbler history and opinion, so take it for what it's worth.
I have owned and still own a few tumblers.
Frankfort Arsenal (Midway).
The FA was slow and loud. The motor quite after a few years. I purchased a new motor, it lasted a few more years and quit. My experience, slow, loud and not very durable.
The RCBS is fast, it is also very loud, very loud. The motor quite after several years, I purchased a new one from RCBS for less than $20. It is still going strong and works very well. It is loud, I can't leave it run in the garage overnight cuz it keeps my wife awake. My experience, fast, durable and loud.
I purchased the Cabala's when my RCBS was down with a BO motor. This unit is fast really fast, it is also extremely quiet. I can have it running in my man cave and still listen to the radio. My experience, fast, quiet and still running after many years.
I purchased a Berry's because I needed another tumbler, OK I didn't need one I wanted one. This unit is fast, very fast and very quiet. In fact it is identical to the Cabala's tumbler as Berry's is the manufacturer of the Cabala's unit. My experience, Fast and quiet.
IMO, if you want speed, quiet, and durability go Cabala's or Berry's which ever one is cheaper.
Hmmm, I also have a RCBS tumbler with a burned out motor. I called Customer Service regarding the motor but they didn't offer any solution. I still have the thing gathering dust under my bench, think I'll ding them again for a new motor!
I use a large mesh bag for media separation, works fine for me.
Last edited by Clipper; 10-23-2012 at 10:18 AM..