Originally Posted by Deacon_Man
Next week I'm going to drive up to Cabellas and look at the brass tumblers. I see where they sell a Lyman for $40.00, do you think that would be a good buy? The media for the tumbler cost around $20.00 (corn cob). What kind of tumbler and media do you guys use?
Thirty + years ago I purchased a Thumler's Tumbler, and am still using it. Every few years I have to replace the drive belt, for this I go to the local hardware store and get large neoprene O rings that I match to the size of the drive belt, works like a charm. The tumbling media I use is straight ground corn cob media for cleaning dirty stuff, such as range brass and the like. A25/75% mixture of the ground corn cob and treated crushed walnut hulls for general cleaning with little polishing effect. Then for polishing my brass I use the jewlers rouge impregnated walnut hulls. Don't put dirty brass into the walnut hull media, treat it with polishing rejuvinator occasionally and it lasts for a very long time before having to discard it.
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