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robocop10mm 03-21-2011 07:00 PM

Tumbler died
It was bound to happen eventually, but my second Lyman turbo tumbler died. IIRC it was given to me many years ago. It has polished 10's of thousands of cases for me over the last 10 or so years. It started making excessive noise so I figured it was death rattle. Sure enough, yesterday it went to meet the electric motor "Maker".

I just ordered a Frankfort Arsenal tumbler from Midway USA. They are on sale for under $40! If it lasts 5 years, it will be well worth the investment. I prefer to have two polishers so one can be set up with older media for cleaning and the 2nd set up with fresh media for final polishing, but we will see where finances go over the next few weeks.

lonyaeger 03-21-2011 07:10 PM

Sorry for your loss....:(

spittinfire 03-21-2011 07:13 PM

RIP Robo's tumbler.

dunerunner 03-21-2011 07:16 PM

Thoughts and prayers, Robo! :D

jwhirl413 03-21-2011 07:34 PM

I got a used tumbler from a friend of mine, and I think it was making the same noise yesterday, i guess there was a reason he gave it to me. Guess I'll have to keep an eye on it. Good luck with the new one.

orangello 03-21-2011 07:37 PM

OK, i gotta admit that my first thought upon reading the title was "did he mark off the area with that crime scene tape or outline the tumbler in chalk". :D

I hope that you and your new tumbler have many happy years together.

cpttango30 03-21-2011 08:53 PM

OMG should have went with the Dilllon.

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spittinfire 03-21-2011 08:56 PM

Tango, if I had that first one it would have cut my tumbling time WAY down. Several thousand pieces takes a while...

Hawg 03-22-2011 04:19 AM

I bought a Midway tumbler about 20 years ago. It lasted about a year and the motor burned out. I tried to find a motor for it but no go so I stored it thinking sooner or later I'd run across one that would work. A couple of years ago I stumbled across an old thread somewhere about Midway having a recall on tumblers. I dug it out and sure enough it was under the recall. I called them up and after verifying I had one they said send it back and they sent me a brand new one.

rifleman55 03-22-2011 04:26 PM

My frankford only lasted about 6 months. They are not the best.
I bought a Lyman and it just keeps going.
Spend a little more and get one that will last.

John K

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