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Vibratory Tumbler

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Ocelot85, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Ocelot85

    Ocelot85

    388
    Feb 1, 2012
    Is the larger model tumbler from Harbor Freight worth it for tumbling small blades? I saw a few reviews that seemed to be from knife makers who said it worked alright. I'm looking to try tumbling some of my smaller EDC blades with ceramic media to give a stonewash finish. Anyone have first hand experience with one of these models?

    https://www.harborfreight.com/18-lb-vibratory-bowl-with-liquid-drain-hose-96923.html
     
  2. jll346

    jll346 Knife maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2006
    Works EXCELLENT! Get a 20 or possibly a 25% coupon and its a bargain. Liam Hoffman recommend It to me. He uses his a ton and his work speaks for itself!!

    Jim
     
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  3. Robert Erickson

    Robert Erickson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 2, 2014
    Yep, just got one and it works great. I can't speak for it's longevity but so far it's been great. I wish I would have gotten one sooner. It's easy to use. I bought 15lbs of ceramic media and filled it roughly 2/3 full of windex and it's ready to go. About 20-30min is what I've been doing.

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  4. Lieblad

    Lieblad

    Jul 24, 2015
    Glad to hear of good reviews on it.
    Fwiw, I would look into making it variable speed. Vibratory tumbling is a science to itself. So many variables play into it. Size & shape of parts, type of abrasive and speed.
    Having a fixed speed seriously hinders. But once speed is dialed in right, parts can roll thru like a beauty.
     
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  5. Ocelot85

    Ocelot85

    388
    Feb 1, 2012
    Those blades look really nice! Do you do a etch or media blast before tumbling or just straight from the belts to the tumbler?
     
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  6. Robert Erickson

    Robert Erickson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 2, 2014
    Thanks! I etched in FeCl for 5 min before tumbling.
     
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  7. JAGKNIFE

    JAGKNIFE

    197
    Jan 10, 2012
    Check the gun equipment stories on line such as cheaper than dirt and midway etc. I picked up one on one of those sites for about $50 and it worked like a Champ.
     
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  8. razor-edge-knives

    razor-edge-knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2011
    I have that hf tumbler and it works pretty good for matte stonewashes, but don't expect to get a nice polished stonewash from it - it does not have enough energy or mass to do that. That's why I want to step up to a mr deburr!
     
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