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Choosing a Rock Tumbler...

rock tumblers are also used for reloaders to polish brass. Rock Tumbling is fun for the entire family and makes for an easy hobby. Think of how the ocean rolls rocks into cobbles or pebbles in the sand for decades, smoothing them much like a tumbler. Or how a craftsman would go about sanding imperfections out of a project with sandpaper. You would start with a coarse grade of sandpaper and switch to finer and finer abrasives until the surface becomes smooth. REMEMBER: When buying a rock tumbler, you get exactly what you pay for! A rock tumbler is a machine, not a toy and is intended for use by or under the supervision of an adult!

Today quality built tumblers are built with a sturdy base of all metal construction, lead free certified coatings and operate with a thick rubber barrel, which makes for a compatible operation with your normal home life! Designed to give you a smooth polished finish on rocks, glass, even metals! With our tumblers you simply add water and a specific recipe of silicon carbide grit as an abrasive to smooth and shape the stones with much faster results. Remember these rocks were created over millions of years so waiting 4 weeks is a snap!

Our own lapidary workshop is running quality made rock tumblers daily 24/7 365 days a year, so we sell what we use, knowing from experience what works and what does NOT!



How to Choose a coin or rock tumbler:    |    Consider the warranty on that equipment    |    Rotary versus vibratory    |    or a Toy versus a tumbler built to last!

Misconceptions about rock polishing.


SIZE DOES MATTER
How to Choose a Tumbler...

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facts on how to choose
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Small
Double
Barrel Rock Tumblers
Small Single or Double Barrel Rock Tumblers: These 3 pound rock tumblers for smaller loads or stones up to 1 inch in size are perfect for rockhounds of any age, however they are not toys and are intended for use by or under the supervision of an adult! A great gift for the beginner or novice rockhound, does a quality job of polishing stones.  In Stock and ships immediately! Internet Special...Plus all of our (3lb. - *15lb.) tumblers include not just a one-year limited warrantee by the manufacture, but Wesley's Extended Motor Warranty* giving you a full 2 year warrantee!
 
The More Useful Medium size rock tumbler:
This is a more useful size for medium sized loads or larger material up to 3¼ inches (size of a tennis ball). In Stock and ships immediately.  Internet Special...Plus all of our (3lb. - *15lb.) tumblers include not just a one-year limited warrantee by the manufacture, but Wesley's Extended Motor Warranty* giving you a full 2 year warrantee!
 
Mid-Size Capacity Rock Tumblers
The same outstanding performance as our smaller tumblers, these are perfect for larger items and moderate production use. The larger units come complete with a detailed instruction guide and are built with welded steel frames featuring Lortone's patented (quick-seal leak proof closure) molded rubber barrels that provide a 10-sided interior surface for optimum tumbling action plus a continuous heavy duty, fan-cooled motor with overload protection.  In Stock and ships immediately!
 
Suitable
Rock
to polish
Samples shown of our small size Tumbling Rock Mix -  of Oregon agate, jasper and petrified wood cobbles suitable for 1-3 pound rock tumblers
 
Kit for Tumbling rocks
Wesley's Complete Lapidary Kit for your rock tumbler - designed for rotary tumblers - this is not just a one time media kit! It contains all the necessary supplies to grind and polish 24 to 30+ pounds of rock - giving you excellent results on a wide range of stones - agate, jasper, petrified wood, etc. The 3- step stone finish kit of which includes: 2 lbs. each of the following, course & medium grits, tripoli polish and ½lb. package of plastic pellets. Plus you will also receive the lightweight yet durable separating screen which is made of high density polyethaline to sit on top of your 3 1/2 or 5-gallon bucket to rinse your tumbled rock (will not scratch the polish on your stones like metal separators).  In Stock and ships immediately - Order NOW!

Don't be sucked into an atractive low price that limits you to polishing rocks the size of a quarter or smaller. Barrel Size: By rule of thumb how to choose size of your tumbler ...If you think you'll want to tumble fairly large pieces of rock as large as a 3" baseball within a mixed load, you may want to consider one of our larger 6 pound model. On the other hand, if you feel that you won't be able to often fill (tumbler must contain the right amount of material to get a proper tumbling action) a larger barrel, you might want to look into a smaller 3 pound tumbler (which will be limited to items ¾ - 1 inch maximum in size) or a more useful size the pound tumbler for items up to 3¼" inches (the size of a tennis ball). Keeping in mind...For a good polish the barrel must be used, 2/3rds to ¾ths full with rocks.

Number of Barrels You may wish to consider the versatility of a multiple-barrel. Our QT66 or the QT12/66 tumblers have many advantages, some of the advantages of more than one barrel is 1) Doing coarse grit in one while polishing in the other. 2) Being able to tumble rocks of different hardnesses at the same time; and 3) or having a barrel for each member of the family!

Barrel Construction: Today's durable tumblers are built of a sturdy base of all metal construction and operate with a thick rubber barrel, which makes for a compatible operation with your normal home life!



Misconceptions about polishing    |    Rotary versus vibratory    |    Consider the warranty on that equipment    |    or a Toy versus a tumbler built to last!
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The Buyer's Bible "Warranty: The most important part of any piece of machinery, unless you got a super buy and don’t mind having to replace a part or two. There are several important things to think about when reading a warranty. The first one is its length. If it is 30 or even 90 days, you have to consider whether you will be able to give the machine a good work out in that period of time.

The second important consideration is where will the warranty be handled. Can you take it back to the place you bought it, or do you have to ship it somewhere, maybe even overseas, which might cost more than the machine? Does the warranty cover everything, or is it “limited”? Be sure to read the fine print, and don’t assume that, because you bought a top-of-the line machine, the warranty doesn’t matter.

It pays to buy quality products made in the USA! Every manufacture sometimes turns out a dud. The difference is that Rolls and Rolex will make things all better pronto, while a used car dealer or a guy in the alley will undoubtedly be gone when you look to them for help. Do your homework, and you will be happy with your purchase for years to come."

Editors Note: This quote originally appeared as Shop Talk, by William A. Kappele in the July 2009 issue of Rock & Gem.



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GEM Misconception: "Turn your own ordinary looking dull rough rocks, pebbles into beautifully polished sparkling gemstones or jewels!"


Rotary versus vibratory    |    or a Toy versus a tumbler built to last!
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Remember: A rock tumbler is a machine (with moving parts) not a toy and is intended for use by or under the supervision of an adult! Lortone rock tumblers are made in the U.S. with coatings made in the U.S. certified to be lead free. Not to be confused with a toy possibly recalled from China! However if you choose a TOY STORE plastic rock tumbler or polisher (no we do NOT carry these) here are a few words of wisdom from people who have tried them:



Misconceptions about polishing    |    Rotary versus vibratory
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Rotary versus vibratory each machine will deburr, finish and burnish as well as many other applications, however:

  • Samples of agates showing flat spots resulting from vibratory tumbling!"Rotary Tumbling is far superior to vibratory for edge finishing/radiusing round, flat or washer-like objects, also producing superior bright burnishing on smooth piece parts or for finishing parts that stack or stick together in a vibratory machine." As quoted from Raytech Industries, makers of both styles of tumblers

  • "DO NOT cover the Ultra Vibe Tumbler unit with anything to dampen noise as this may block air flow and cause the motor to overheat, or possibly create a fire hazard... Place your tumbler where it will not be in the way because tumbling takes a number of days of continuous operation and there is a constant sound of rolling rocks...For the longer runs, a splash of water should be added every 45 minutes to 1 hour to restore the action as the water will evaporate and the slurry will build up as the work is being done causing the cyclonic action to begin to slow." Taken from Ultra Vibe Tumbler Instructions, from Tru Square.

  • These days a durable rotary rock tumbler (NOT the TOY plastic barrel) is much quieter than a vibratory tumbler. As for finish from a vibratory tumbler, it does not round or shape the stones vibratory tumblers are used for the finishing of cabs or "preformed rocks" but not rough jagged rocks! ."As quoted from Tru Square, makers of both styles of tumblers.

  • Sample showing vibratory tumbler with flat stones (resulting from vibratory tumbling) rather than rounded! Because of the design of the vibratory tumblers (like a bunt cake pan/jello mold) bowl, limits the size of the rocks to be tumbled or (the jar/bag design) you can fit through the 2¼" opening. For the same price you could buy a larger rotary tumbler and polish larger material!

  • The vibratory tumbler needs to be checked every 12 hours, for water and new grit to be added, requiring more attention than the rotary tumbler.

  • Today's quality rotary rock tumblers that have a thick rubber barrel or rubber lined barrel make a soothing rhythmic rolling sound much like the pebbles in the surf at the beach. Today many of our clients use these rotary rock tumblers while they are on the road in their RV or have them in a spare bedroom when they live in an apartment and there is no problem disturbing them or their neighbors


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