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Old 06-25-2012, 07:32 PM
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We went camping this past weekend in the Solomons area, and the kids had great fun walking along the beach and picking up stones. Some of the stones look very interesting.

I am toying with the idea of buying a rock tumbler, to polish up the stones. Does any here have any experience with rock tumbling? Any tricks or tips? Also, any recommendations for tumbers? I took a quick look on Amazon, and saw a wide range of prices without much apparent difference in capability or durability.

Or, does anyone have a tumbler they'd be willing to loan out or part with at a reasonable price?
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:48 PM
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My sister in law is an 'artist'. She once explained to me the rolling rock (drum) tumblers are better/faster/more durable for doing real stuff like rocks. IIRC a small amt of liquid is involved in the stuff she does. I've only ever used a small vibratory bowl tumbler for cleaning/polishing dry gun brass personally. I don't think it would have had the guts to run for days to do rocks. Would prob have eaten though the bowl too.

I searched my old emails. When she was looking for one (xmas gift years ago) she had put a "Lortone 3A Rotary rock tumbler" on her list. That was probably a very well researched and informed product request but that was back in 2007.
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Harbor fright sells a cheap tumbler kit. If you find that you like the hobby you can get good stuff. If not little was spent. Tumblers are little more than rubber or rubber lined drums that are set on rollers and spin for days on end. you go from one grit to another until youhave the finish you want. It is best to have a far off place to leave it while it is running.
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