Tumblers

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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.

Leading Manufacturers

Addison, IL  |  708-343-6900

Giant Finishing is a well-known manufacturer of deburring equipment and machinery, media and compounds, molding vibratory bowls, multi-stage washers and more. We have over 100 standard models to choose from, or we can custom-manufacture products to meet your needs! In business for two decades, we provide the mass-finishing industry with complete equipment solutions.

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Giant Finishing, Inc. $$$

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. Put us to the test by taking advantage of our free, no obligation sample processing.

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OTEC Precision Finish, Inc. $$$

Kalamazoo, MI  |  269-344-3878

As a leader in vibratory finishing equipment since 1965, CLM VibeTech offers the best features in today’s mass finishing industry, designing & producing a full line of industrial vibratory finishers. We also service & restore nearly any brand. Many styles of deburring to polishing equipment, drying machines, combo machines, secondary equipment & all the media & compounds to complete your process.

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CLM VibeTech, Inc. $$$

Brea, CA  |  866-204-7068

De-burring parts using abrasive blasting cabinets is a very common solution to an old problem, it can be batch loads using tumble barrel blasting machines, manual siphon or direct pressure models and even micro models using direct pressure or siphon delivery. Flash de-burring rubber using plastics is also very common with our Hailstorm model. Media Blast has a full range of models for each and every type of abrasive delivery system allowing us to remove almost any burr.

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Media Blast & Abrasives, Inc. $$$

Warminster, PA  |  267-803-2851

Here at Finishing Associates we offer a full range deburring equipment that is utilized in a number of different industries. We have a long history of successful manufacturing and our experts will work with you every step of the way to determine the best deburring equipment for your application. Turn to Finishing Associates today for high quality solutions!

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Finishing Associates, LLC $$$

New Milford, CT  |  800-423-0697

At A. E. Aubin, we offer a full range of deburring equipment that that has been trusted by multiple industries since our founding in 1959. Our experts will work with you every step of the way to determine the best deburring equipment for your application. Turn to us today for high quality solutions!

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A.E. Aubin Company $$$
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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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