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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. Read More…

Tumblers 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.
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North Kingstown, RI  |  401-398-0045

OTEC Precision Finish, Inc. is a world-class supplier of mass finishing equipment and supplies. Our primary products include centrifugal disc, drag and stream finishing machines to meet all of your deburring, polishing, grinding and honing requirements.

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OTEC Precision Finish, Inc. $$$

Addison, IL  |  708-343-6900

We have the deburring machines that you need right now! Our researchers work hard in order to be able to bring you only the best products available today for the greatest possible value.

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Giant Finishing, Inc. $$$

Brighton, MI  |  248-446-1970

As far as deburring technology is concerned, we have specialized in the development of customer-specific machines. We provide tailor-made solutions for mechanical deburring and finishing of complex workpiece contours. High-precision bores and burr-free workpiece surfaces are our profession – with over 50 years of experience. We set international standards with our premium technologies and we are leading experts in honing and mechanical deburring. We take pride in our level of expertise.

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KADIA Inc. $$$

Apex, NC  |  919-772-0115

ATI Industrial Automation is the leading engineering-based world developer of robotic accessories and robot arm tooling, including Automatic Tool Changers, Multi-axis Force/Torque Sensing Systems, Robotic Deburring Tools, Robotic Collision Sensors, Rotary Joints, and Compliance Devices. Our robot end-effector products are found in thousands of successful applications around the world.

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ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. $$$

South Elgin, IL  |  708-345-5300

Great Lakes Finishing Equipment, Inc. is a leading supplier of the deburring equipment, machines, and supplies for all your mass finishing projects. This equipment includes continuous systems, vibratory bowls, tubs, and high energy centrifugal barrel machines. Let our deburring specialists work with you to find the best deburring machinery for your project.

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Great Lakes Finishing Equipment $$$
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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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