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franniee
06-08-2008, 23:34
Hi Guys,

I want to get a rock tumbler. Which one should I get? The last time I did this I was a kid. :D

I would love some advice.

Thanks,
Fran

The crowned one
07-08-2008, 01:19
Hi Guys,

I want to get a rock tumbler. Which one should I get? The last time I did this I was a kid. :D

I would love some advice.

Thanks,
Fran

Hi Franniee!

I have a few tumblers and used to love polishing rocks and jade from rockhound trips up the Fraser river.

My first mistake was buying a 2 tumblers with barrels that are too small for any rock over 4 inches in size.

I use the very common (easy to get parts;)) and very good Lortone tumblers .

You need at least two tumblers as there is a "load" minimum. I think the Model QT12 and thier little 3A or 33B make a good team. You will find you use the small tumbler almost exclusively but once every year you will have enough large rock specimens to need the large tumbler. (and it goes through the grit and polish!)

Vibratory rock tumblers are way faster and I hear Raytech makes a good one but I have not used this style. (your rock keeps its basic shape better too in one of these.)

They are noisier then you remember Franniee ;)

franniee
07-08-2008, 05:03
Thanks TCO!

The other thing that is on my mind is where am I going to find the rocks. I have run of the mill ones in my backyard and I will absolutely investigate....could be a hidden gem in there but I was thinking of where to go after this.....

:D

morticia monroe
07-08-2008, 05:26
Yay, Franniee!!!

TCO has great advice. I HAVE found a few stones that I would have loved to tumble, only to find them too large for my smaller barrel.

I ran out of grit awhile back and need to order more. but I remain undaunted. I threw a handful of sand in there to make do for now...:)

You can find rocks anywhere, and you'll be surprised what a "regular old rock" can turn out to be. I found agate, bloodstone, and jasper in my driveway, and wherever I go, I'm always on the lookout for stones on the ground that look like they might be something pretty. I also (shamelessly)began asking all of my train trade partners if they'd pick a small stone up from the ground near their home and stick in the the envelope with my deck...:)

Online, google "rough rocks for tumbling", "rough stone for tumbling", "lapidary scrap", etc.

franniee
07-08-2008, 06:13
Thanks Morticia....you can take responsibility for the enabling. }) :D

I am very excited and I think it will be fun for my daughter. I got my nephew one last christmas but I know my sister wasn't too happy about the noise.

We are going to go to a few museums in the area next week that focus on rocks and crystals etc. Let me see what we have on this island of mine. :)

franniee
07-08-2008, 09:15
OK what do I need for supplies.... I figure I will order everything at once....but I don't know the sequence.... What are tumbling beads? Do I need them?

Thanks you guys!

franniee
07-08-2008, 23:50
OK I got a lortone 33B. I will get the larger one after I see how this goes. :D

I went to one of these sites that also had rocks for tumbling. }) and they sold the supplies in a kit so I just bought another to have..... once I get into it I will figure out how the whole process goes.

I am so excited!!!! :D :party:

morticia monroe
08-08-2008, 02:33
Oh yay Franniee!!! Hey I have a decent bit of broken quartz pieces from my digs, so let me know when you're ready and I'll send you a batch to tumble! :)

franniee
08-08-2008, 02:38
Oh yay Franniee!!! Hey I have a decent bit of broken quartz pieces from my digs, so let me know when you're ready and I'll send you a batch to tumble! :)

OH thank you!!! That would be awesome! I can't wait until it gets here....but I probably shouldn't set it up until my birthday - so I have about a month. We'll see. :D Maybe I'll just say that the tumbling will take a month. :laugh: so there is a special case here. })

Now I am going to be collecting rocks all over the place....my daughter saw me read pebbles a few times so she has been picking up rocks for me....she has given me quite the collection already. :D

franniee
14-08-2008, 12:21
It;s here!!! Yippeeee going to set it up tonight! So much fun! :D

anyone want to donate some rocks.... I am here. :laugh:

morticia monroe
14-08-2008, 13:43
Alright! I've got a tumbling buddy. Most excellent! I hope you enjoy your tumbler as much as I have enjoyed mine. :)

franniee
14-08-2008, 23:03
well the motor didn't work... :( so the tumbler has to be replaced. Undaunted but disappointed. Just a little delay I hope. :)

morticia monroe
16-08-2008, 08:02
Don't you worry about it, Franniee, you'll be rolling in no time. :)

franniee
20-08-2008, 10:19
Awesome the guy called and he is sending me a new motor! Wish it was that easy for my race car! :(

I will up and tumbling in no time flat! I bought it at Bergs rock shop. Nice fellow! :)

morticia monroe
20-08-2008, 10:33
Wish it was that easy for my race car! :(



You ain't kidding. I try not to give an opinion either way on whatever my man wants to buy, but when he told me what he was paying for a custom made Dart billet block, I almost burst into flames.

Hooray! I think I'm as excited about your tumbler as you are... :)

franniee
02-09-2008, 11:38
OK so this tumbler - the double barrel one is not running. They were very kind and sent us a new motor and my husband replaced it and trust me the man is by the book :rolleyes: .....he read the directions and filled the barrels and it ran for 20 minutes and is now having trouble tumbling both barrels... so I took one off.... I am disappointed! :( It will take me forever to tumble these stones!

Do you guys run both barrels at the same time? The directions said I can do it that way.... :confused: He filled them half way and the directions said 3/4s so he went under the specified weight....what are we doing incorrectly????