Frankford Rotary Tumbler

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Re: Frankford Rotary Tumbler

Post by HTRN » Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:42 am

I know. :cry:
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Re: Frankford Rotary Tumbler

Post by Denis » Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:20 am

HTRN wrote:I know. :cry:
I feel your pain, brother :roll:

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Re: Frankford Rotary Tumbler

Post by Netpackrat » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:44 pm

So, I finally got to use all of this stuff tonight... On the one hand, I have never had cleaner brass, but on the other hand, it's kind of a pain in the ass compared to my vibratory tumbler. With the latter, yeah it has to run for half a day and doesn't get the brass as clean, but you dump the brass in, maybe add a little polish, and then turn it on. Come back the next morning, turn it off, and dump the entire contents into the Dillon squirrel cage separator, give it a few turns, and you are pretty much done. You have maybe 5 minutes of actual involvement with it on either end.

The wet tumbler takes a little longer to set up, but separating the brass out from the stainless pin media is kind of tedious. I definitely need to get a better strainer setup (I had kind of neglected that) to go with the magnet separator, but even so it's not going to be a quick process. I ended up looking down each 300blk case since every so often a pin would get stuck sideways and would take prodding through the flash hole to get it out. Suckage.

Then you have to rinse and dry the cases... I had planned to buy one of the cheap food dehydrators on Amazon, but the Frankford Arsenal brass dryer version of same was on sale at Cabela's last year, so I bought that instead. It seems to work fine, although it would be nice if it had a built in timer. Some online reviewers have reported theirs died quickly, so we will see if it holds up.
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Re: Frankford Rotary Tumbler

Post by Netpackrat » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:16 am

Necro to note that I bought some gold prospecting strainers to separate out the pins, and they work pretty well. They fit over a bucket, one mesh size catches the cases and lets the pins through, and the second is a fine mesh that catches all the pins. I am however not totally enamored of the labor intensive nature of the method. I actually dug my vibratory tumbler and separator out of storage and have been using them for pistol cases, etc. The wet tumbler is good for stuff that really needs the extra cleaning, like 300 Blackout brass which tends to get filthy.
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Re: Frankford Rotary Tumbler

Post by HTRN » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:37 am

I think the case spinners actually do a better job of getting the pins out, particularly the flash holes, or so I've heard.
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Re: Frankford Rotary Tumbler

Post by Netpackrat » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:04 am

Yeah I have been tapping each case upside down against the lip of the strainer to be sure I get them all out. Hence the labor intensive nature of the method.
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