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lonewolf
Gearhead

Posts: 419
From: Colorado; M&M #3117
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 08-23-2006 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lonewolf        Reply w/Quote
Has anyone ever used one of these for cleaning small parts?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=93252

I have some aluminum brackets I need to clean up before they get installed. I am figuring this might be more gentle than media blasting and I already have a tumbler that I use for cartridge reloading so all I would have to do is change media.

Thanks,

Rick

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Lonewolf
1968 Coupe in Pieces
99 1/2 F250
FFR MkIII

SteveLaRiviere
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Posts: 48752
From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 09-13-2006 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
I have one I bought from a hunting store, they use them to clean cartridges. It's pretty handy, but slow.

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ccode67
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Posts: 3285
From: douglasville,ga,usa
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 09-14-2006 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67        Reply w/Quote
I've used one for many years on brass shells in my bullet reloading.
They work well but as Steve said, don't be in a hurry. I would leave my tumbler running with about 500 45acp shells in it for 24 hours, it was not unusual for me to run it 10 days in a row about every other month, the brass would come out super shiney. With the correct media and maybe a little paste or liquid polish to enhance the cleaning they work well.
Check Dillon Precision also, a little more $$ on the investment but great warranty.


On a side note, DO NOT try to polish a carburetor in one. Don't even ask why.

lonewolf
Gearhead

Posts: 419
From: Colorado; M&M #3117
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 09-14-2006 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lonewolf        Reply w/Quote
I have the Dillon Precision tumbler for cartridge reloading....

Anyway...an update on this. I picked up some 24grit crushed walnut shells and gave it a shot. Worked like a champ. Actually, it was too good. It showed every flaw I had I had in the base finish.

Cheers,

Rick

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Lonewolf
1968 Coupe in Pieces
99 1/2 F250
FFR MkIII

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