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Old 09-19-2018, 10:40 AM
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Default Wet Tumbler - Frankford Arsenal or ?

Looking to buy a good quality basic Wet Tumbler. The Frankford Arsenal Platinum seems well-reviewed & comes with 5lbs of SS Media (Pins?) for about $160. Is there anything else that is comparable or better than the Frankford in the same price range?
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Old 09-19-2018, 1:39 PM
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I have the Thumblers Tumbler, which is very durable. However, if I were to do it again, I might get the FA version. the reason being...

The FA tumbler comes with the pins, that's $50 right there (or used to be back in the day when I bought my Thumbler)

The FA tumbler has one giant screw off lid (I think)...the Thumblers has six wingnuts. I replaced them with finger-friendlier knobs, but still, you have to unscrew six fiddly knobs to open the tumbler. The FA you just unscrew the lid like a giant jar.

As for the motor, etc, I have no opinion. For convenience and price, the FA is darn good. I do know that the Thumblers will keep on chugging along.
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I have the RCBS Sidewinder that works very well...after modifications. I had to extend the shafts, add sprockets and a chain so that both shafts would be drive shafts. I got the Frankford for my son, easy and simple!
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My only suggestion is to get the larger pins. It will save you a lot of time and frustration.
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Old 09-20-2018, 5:59 AM
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way better unit here ive been using mine for about 7-8yrs

https://www.stainlesstumblingmedia.c...package-2.html
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Old 09-20-2018, 6:31 AM
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I use the harbor freight dual rock tumbler, and it works well. The tumbler is rated for 6lbs, so not for large output. The tumblers in the post above look very nice and I may look into those if I decide to upgrade.

https://m.harborfreight.com/dual-dru...not%20provided

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FA is very good product for the price!
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Old 09-20-2018, 1:13 PM
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way better unit here ive been using mine for about 7-8yrs

https://www.stainlesstumblingmedia.c...package-2.html
Looks fairly similar to the large Thumblers.

Again I'd point out the need to unscrew 6 knobs to open it up. Not a huge deal, but not convenient line a single screw on lid, which the FA appears to have.
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Old 09-20-2018, 7:37 PM
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My FA works well .
The harbor freight ones are O K if you have a few cases
[ good enough for 25 ACP and 380's as long as no more the 50 . ]
My nephews have friends that have come over to clean brass .
Their tumblers broke and I did not care to fix or even ask names
of them .
My advise is to buy local and ask if / which ones they carry parts for .
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Thanks everyone - going to get the Frankford.

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Harbor freight large cement mixer, no pins. Because f- brass prep
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Another FA tumbler user here. I don't have any complaints with the tumbler. It's a bit noisy, but, it's rolling a bunch of brass and steel pins...what did I expect? LOL!

Get some sort of media separator and a magnet. I got the FA Media Separator and that works great!!!
https://www.amazon.com/Frankford-Ars...edia+separator

I was using another method and I wound up having to sort EACH brass by hand and inspect for pins. SILLY!

The wet tumbling results are worth it.

Happy shooting and be safe.
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I've got the Franklin, with the larger (Stilly) pins and couldn't be happier.

Franklin Arsenal Rotary Tumbler or F.A.R.T. for short
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I have the FA. If i had to do it over. I wouldn't. There is no need for 2 sides that open.
I would get the lyman or the new hornady wet tumvler2

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I have the FA. If i had to do it over. I wouldn't. There is no need for 2 sides that open.
I would get the lyman or the new hornady wet tumvler2

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The new Hornady tumbler has less capacity than the Frankford and the Frankford has much better reviews than the Lyman (leaks). For $10 more the FA is the unit for me.
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I find both ends opening handy . I bought one of the small mesh
screen things for garbage disposals . Screwed it on one end and
water goes into other for cleaning pins .
Both the harbor freight ones are a p i a . I have to dump and rise
a bunch .
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I use a Thumbler Tumbler.

Why buy one that as soon as it breaks, it's in the trash can.

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I run the harbor freight version. Works good enough for about 100 pistol rounds per drum.

Picked up an FA version because of bulk processing of about 15k 45acp brass Still haven't used it
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harbor freight has the vibrator one on sale right now .
To the vibrator one is easier , no washing / drying the pins .
The sonic is the only one stuff does not get stuck in primer or flask hole , but then comes the drying again .
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I just sold my NIB frankford Arsenal tumbler unopened for $90.....took a huge hit but it was just sitting.
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If anyone wants something higher capacity check out Lone Star Tumblers.

https://casetumbling.com



This is fully twice the money of what you're talking about. But this is a serious tool, not a plastic toy like some of the ones described above. The capacity is much higher; 2400 9mm, or 1500 5.5.6, or 700 308 casings in one load. I've done 400 pieces of 338 Lapua brass in one load.

I try hard to buy American made things and I'm a 'buy it once and do it correctly' guy. I went for the LT-5HC. Its also surprisingly quiet compared several others I've seen.

Given the upcoming 'changes in the regulatory environment' here in CA, I'm thinking there's going to be a lot more of us doing a lot more reloading.

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That LT-5 looks to be built heavy duty for sure, but there are some design features that might make it prone to "premature failure". I'm leary.
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I agree . I prefer to support both ends .
From the looks of it the pins and cases fall rather than slide .
I have not had a peening problem , but other have .
Keep it at least half full , the full [ to a point ] the less noise .
Besides , I don't have room for a bigger one .
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I had been using typical walnut shell tumbler from Dillon for years until I read on here about the SS media and those damn primer pockets not getting cleaned with walnut made me break down and buy the FA. I LOVE IT. It is thick and tough, seems like it can take a beating from what I can tell? I have run a bunch of batches of 308, 6.5 grendel, 357, 10 mil, 223, and now 30-30 through it. Lemi shine and dawn + SS media pins. The cases come out like NEW inside and out in short order. Should have done this years ago. I dry them in a toaster oven on low for about 15 minutes. That's all it takes! I also bought the associated FA separator. Works great also. While I was at it, I bought the FA magnet too. EASY! It all lives in a bucket when not in use.
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Go to dollar store and get one of the strainer things for garbage
dispsal , the small mesh one . put on one end when washing .
Helps , but only last about 8-10 times . I buy 5 at a time .
Two weekends and it is starting to fall apart .
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If I ever buy a commercial tumbler I’ll probably get the FART. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them.
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If I ever buy a commercial tumbler Iíll probably get the FART. Iíve heard nothing but good things about them.


Very good experience. Once I got over my initial Ďam I screwing it up?í paranoia, I was good to go. Biggest issue is Dawn vs Lemmishine vs water vs brass.

I tried to go real short on the cleaning time, but the brass just wasnít coming out as nice as I was hoping. So, I started going 4+ hours and thatís gets me to where I want to be. Not cleaner, just prettier. Who wants to have dingy reloads? Lol!
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