Have any of you used a vibratory tumbler for cleaning the small bolts, screws, fasteners etc. when doing a restoration? Eastwood has one for $139 but I was wondering if one made for cleaning rifle and pistol brass would work just as well. They are available for about $50. Anybody done this? The wire wheel on the grinder is taking forever.
Seems to me they would work the same. Thats as long as you used the right media in the tumbler. What's good for rifle casings might not work so good on bolts. I think they use ground up corn cobs for the rifle brass.
In the past I've put the bolts and screws in a pan and covered them with acidic wheel cleaner. The cool trick is to prop the pan up so it rests on the old and sort-of-out-of balance bench grinder, the vibrating acid bath cleans small stuff pretty good in a couple hours.
The brass cleaner one (meant for gun related stuff) is just what a friend of mine has. He's a big time Sniper buff. It works great. I saw some bolts before/after and I was amazed at how nice they looked. It had about a 7" diameter and was bout 5" deep. Looks like a flower pot.
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I bought one of the vibratory tumblers from Eastwood and wish I had my $ back. It cleaned up some bolts and brackets so-so but took many hours. You have to put water in the tumbler and when you are through you have to pour the water off and then pour the contents of the tumbler out on a towel or other surface. That is a h___ of a mess. The tumbler will not remove any type of paint. Maybe I am doing something wrong. In my opinion, save your money.