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Old September 9, 2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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Anyone have a "favorite" tumbler?

OK, so most of us probably don't spend much time thinking about favorite tumblers ... or tumblers at all, for that matter, as long as they work. But my Lyman 1200 is slowing down ... literally ... as in it doesn't vibrate as fast as it used to, so I can put fewer and fewer cases in it each time (otherwise, the vibrating action is severely limited, and cleaning takes a long time).

With that said, does anyone have a particular tumbler that he/she really likes? I know there are a bunch of them out there now (Hornady, Dillon, RCBS, Berry's, MidwayUSA, Midsouth, etc.). Given that my 1200 doesn't have all that much time on it, I am going to shy away from Lyman.

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Old September 9, 2006, 12:11 PM   #2
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Kinda like my old Thumblers modle B, it isn't as fast as the vib's but can be used wet or dry. It's well over 20 years old.
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Old September 9, 2006, 04:52 PM   #3
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My lyman 1200 has countless hours on it. I noticed the new modles, are way quieter than the older ones, and the media moves better in the new one also. How old is yours?
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Old September 9, 2006, 06:29 PM   #4
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midway

I like our midway it does a pretty good clean-up job.
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Old September 10, 2006, 09:24 AM   #5
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i bought Cabela's generic brand, no complaints after 2 years.
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Old September 10, 2006, 09:47 AM   #6
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Lortone commercial rock tumblers with water, aquarium gravel and a shot of Dawn dishwashing liquid for non-bottleneck metalic reloading - can't be beat...

http://www.lortone.com/tumblers.html
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Old September 10, 2006, 03:57 PM   #7
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My lyman 1200 has countless hours on it. I noticed the new modles, are way quieter than the older ones, and the media moves better in the new one also. How old is yours?
That's good to know. I assume I have an "older" model ... purchased in the early 90's. Again, it doesn't have many hours on it, as I was out of the shooting game for several years.

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Old September 11, 2006, 11:12 AM   #8
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My Lyman 600 which I converted to 1200 by adding the larger bowl is still going strong and I bought it in the early 80's. It's been used a lot so I can definitely recommend Lyman. I have purchased the Dillon CV 2001 model as it has a 12 1/2 quart bowl that will do 500 30-06 cases at a time. If it's too large the Dillon CV 500 is smaller. The CV 2001 really moves and shakes the media and is very quick cleaning brass. It'll do in an hour what it takes 4 hours in my Lyman. However I've only had it for approx. 2 years so I can't give it the same long-life recommendation as the Lyman that has lasted approx. 20 plus years.
Have you checked your Lyman bowl to make sure it's tight on the base? It could be loose causing the bowl to not vibrate correctly?
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Old September 11, 2006, 09:22 PM   #9
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I have used a midway tumbler for the last 7 or 8 years or so, Works great.
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Old September 11, 2006, 10:40 PM   #10
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I like my RCBS unit. It does a very good job and is nice and quiet.
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Old September 11, 2006, 10:49 PM   #11
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"Thumblers Tumbler" - been using it for 15 years. Holds 600 or so .38 spec cases...


It will continue to be my favorite until it breaks...
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Old September 13, 2006, 08:56 PM   #12
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Have you checked your Lyman bowl to make sure it's tight on the base? It could be loose causing the bowl to not vibrate correctly?
rg1: Good idea ... so I checked the bowl, and it is indeed tight. It really just seems like the springs are worn out, so the cyclic action isn't as fast as it used to be. Or maybe it's the motor ... it exceeds my engieering knowledge.

So far, nobody mentioned a tumbler they really didn't like. It's a tough call to make.

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Old September 19, 2006, 10:17 AM   #13
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I purchased a Dillon FL-2000 tumbler back in the late 80's and it's still going strong. It will hold 1,300 .38 Special cases in a single loading. Bill T.
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Old September 19, 2006, 11:51 AM   #14
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I'm happy with my Lyman auto-flow conversion. But I'm seriously feelling inadequate looking at Jammer six's set-up....

http://www.oz.net/~jammer/Brass/index.html



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Old September 19, 2006, 10:20 PM   #15
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I'm happy with my Lyman auto-flow conversion. But I'm seriously feelling inadequate looking at Jammer six's set-up....

http://www.oz.net/~jammer/Brass/index.html



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How long will it be before someone tries this in a cement truck......
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Old September 23, 2006, 01:06 AM   #16
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I have a Frankford Arsenal (Midway) tumbler thats been used and abused for the last 4 years with no problems. Only real complaint about it is capacity.
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Old September 23, 2006, 02:24 AM   #17
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ooohhhh...

I know where there's a concrete truck.

I didn't think of a concrete TRUCK...
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Old September 23, 2006, 09:15 AM   #18
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If you want to organize a group tumble, I'll send some brass
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Old September 23, 2006, 10:07 PM   #19
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We could use the chute straight into ammo boxes...
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Old October 8, 2006, 11:28 AM   #20
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Been using an RCBS for the last 15 - 20 years with no problems. Most but not all my loading equipment is RCBS; I am happy with the company.
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Old October 11, 2006, 03:06 PM   #21
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I have used only one: A Lyman Pro Magnum/Auto-Flo 2500.

I use it on tile in a hallway because it will simply walk way on just about any other surface. NOTE: Don't use this on your reloading bench because it will vibrate your nails and bolts loose prior to diving off of your bench.

Quite? No!
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Old October 12, 2006, 05:27 PM   #22
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Lyman Turbo Pro

Strongly recommend the Lyman Turbo Pro after reading lots of forums on the subject. We use a combination of ground shells and corn cob media - both from a large pet store supplier. Then, I recommend about one teaspoon of Flitz liquid for the shine. The pet stores have much lower prices than those products that say - reloading, on the bag! And, they are 100% natural - the real deal!

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Old October 13, 2006, 08:41 AM   #23
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I had the big Lyman autoflow, but it died after two years. I replaced it with the smaller Dillon tumbler, and I am very happy. The Dillon tumbler seems to move the brass and media around a lot quicker then the Lyman ever did. I don't miss the autoflow feature, because it never really worked that well for me in the first place!
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Old October 13, 2006, 09:00 AM   #24
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I don't miss the autoflow feature, because it never really worked that well for me in the first place!
Agreed, I don't use it either. It does do a great job for me. I read the the older models overheated and died. If my newer model dies too, I'll get the Dillon as well.
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Old October 22, 2006, 08:58 AM   #25
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I have a Lyman 2200 AutoFlo and I use the feature every time. It does not get all the media out, but if you let it run mostly emplty and reach in to agitate the brass, it will empty out all the casings...and you don't need to tip the bowl out. Mine does not walk off the bench (rubber feet) and is quiet enough that I can't hear it much behind a closed door.
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