Tumbler Manufacturers and Suppliers

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  • Tumble Until Smooth

    Tumblers When I was a child, I had a strange fascination with rocks. Looking back I could almost say it was an unhealthy love of rocks. At first, it was any rock; my grandfather's driveway became my epicenter for finding more and more rocks to expand my collection. Then one day after being taken to a new toy store in town I discovered some very polished, glossy rocks, this was my first introduction to a rock tumbler and my need for one grew. Tumblers come in all shapes and sizes,...

  • Care for Contaminated Tumblers

    Tumblers Using a tumbler over and over can cause the unwanted build-up of metal pieces, residue, dirt, and rust inside the machine. If your products come out of your tumbler looking sticky, tarnished, or covered in an ugly residue, your tumbler barrel might be breaking down from over-use. Tumblers only last for so long before they start to break down and cause problems. Luckily, fixing this problem is not difficult. The process is similar whether you own a small, personal tumbler or if your tumblers are large, industrial-sized units. Cleaning:...

  • Choose the Right Media for Your Tumbling Job

    Deburring media is a necessary part of the deburring process. There are many types of media that all have uses for different deburring and polishing techniques. Use this guide to identify the best media to use with your next project: Steel: Steel is used in stainless and carbon versions. Stainless steel is used for polishing and burnishing metal, and is aggressive. Stainless steel media prevents the need for added rust inhibitors on the part. Carbon steel is used for similar processes, but is less aggressive than stainless steel. Carbon steel...

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Choosing the Right Tumbler

Tumble polishing is a technique for smoothing, polishing or deburring finished materials; a tumbler is the medium in which this all takes place. A tumbler is most commonly thought of as a barrel or drum that is turned horizontally on its side. This is called a rotary tumbler. A rotary tumbler rotates or revolves on two parallel revolving shafts. This kind of tumbler offers distinct advantages and disadvantages. Rotary tumblers are often easier to load than other types of tumblers and they range in capacity of just a couple pounds to large industrious ones that may handle several hundred pounds. These tumblers are commonly thought of first because the same technology that is used in large industrial facilities is used in children’s’ rock polishers. These polishing machines require minimal attention and are a great way to polish stones and metals. Some disadvantages may be that these tend to take longer time sometimes weeks at a time and they can be quite noisy. Although, many machines include a rubber lining used to help minimize noise.

The other most common type of tumbler is a vibratory tumbler. Unlike the rotary tumbler a vibratory tumbler barrel remains stationary through out the tumbling process. Vibratory tumblers generally come in two varieties one being mechanical; these use a motor to maintain the necessary vibrations. The second type is electrical which uses magnetic energy to keep the machines shaking. In a vibratory tumbler objects retain their shape. For example if you put a cube in a vibratory tumbler, it’s going to remain a cube, where as if you put a cube in a rotary tumbler it eventually would have its edges worn smooth. With vibratory tumblers they are able to get results quicker generally than rotary, but then again that’s all relative to what you are tumbling. Either type of tumbler you go with is going to shake, rock and roll your parts to whatever the desired smoothness may be.

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Tumblers are one of the main components of finishing equipment and deburring equipment, the barrel or drum in which the objects to be finished are placed. The two main types of tumblers are rotary tumblers and vibratory tumblers, and both are used extensively in parts finishing and polishing operations. A tumbler can come in many different sizes depending on its intended application. Tumblers for stone polishing hobbyists will be smaller than those used for industrial parts cleaning.

Tumblers are barrels with a plastic or rubber lining that is typically removable for easy cleaning or replacement. Lining the barrel helps to reduce the noise produced by tumbling or vibrating. Tumblers use tumbling media or deburring media in the process of finishing in order to create friction with the unfinished metal or plastic parts, jewelry, rough stones etc. Common types of abrasive media include steel, plastic pellets, ceramic particles, walnut shells and corn cob media, which all have different levels of hardness and abrasion. When the abrasive media is placed inside the barrel, the friction created by the motion of tumbling helps to burnish, polish and clean the parts’ surfaces. Industrial manufacturers use rotary tumblers with wet media for mass parts cleaning, polishing and cement mixing, while vibratory tumblers are used with more abrasive media for mass finishing and deburring.


Rotary tumblers are hexagonal or cylindrical tubs that spin horizontally, causing the parts and tumbling media to mix and be cleaned, polished and deburred. The speed of rotation depends on the size of the barrel, and the hardness of the materials, and the level of finishing desired for the parts. Vibratory tumblers use the motion of vibration to cause friction between the abrasive media and the parts. A cyclonic downward motion is caused by the vibration, and the resulting friction causes deburring and polishing. Construction of tumblers needs to be considered in light of barrel capacity, both in terms of load and volume and engine size and the resulting speed of motion or vibration. Tumbling can be a long process and therefore it is important that the motor responsible for the tumbler is able to handle continuous duty. Motors often come with a cooling option to avoid overheating.  Tumbling can be a dry operation, or a lubricant such as water can be added to encourage polishing. In which case, tumblers will have a drainage capability to allow for the removal of the liquid and grit. Although small rotary and vibratory tumblers are largely becoming the tools of hobbyists, industrial parts manufacturers and machinists still use tumblers for mass finishing and cleaning.



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