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Old 05-10-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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doing small quantities of 45 ACP so want a small tumbler
looking at Franford Arsenal and the Berry's

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even thought about making my own
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Lyman makes a version of its Turbo 1200 called the Turbo Twin. It has a slightly larger than average main bowl and a smaller than average second bowl that can be used for smaller quantities.
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^^^^^ Have one & it works great for small loads. Don't need to put a lot of meida in.


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^^^^^ Have one & it works great for small loads. Don't need to put a lot of meida in.


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have one????? Lyman???
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I wet tumble the cheap way. I run 90 minutes then change the water and run another 45. I am all in for the less than $100 and have processed a couple of thousand cases with no issues. Brass comes out better than new. This is not my thread but my setup is the same with the exception of using 1 dual drum ;
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doing small quantities of 45 ACP so want a small tumbler
looking at Franford Arsenal and the Berry's

any input appreciated

even thought about making my own
The Berry's/Cabela's/Graf's/MidSouth tumbler is very inexpensive and effective tumbler. I've tumbled tens of thousands of pieces of brass over the last 5 years with them.

The downside is they will get noisier after time, and the motors will eventually burn up, but as long as you send in your warranty card at the time of purchase, Berry's will ship you a new replacement tumbler free of charge.

The clear lid and on/off switch are a nice improvement over some of the other tumblers on the market.
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have one????? Lyman???
Yes Lyman. Went the cheap route first & regretted it. Burnt up 2 so I got the Lyman.

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I think the trick to not burning up tumblers is not to leave them running continuously for too long. If you want to tumble for (say) 4 hours, run it for 2 hours, shut it off for 30 minutes to let the motor cool down, then run it for 2 more hours. Running them all night long works for some folks, but I think motors of all types are best run on a non-torture test schedule.

I too have the Lyman Twin Turbo. It's run like a champ for thousands of rounds on this method. With proper attention to run times, I'm guessing (though I don't know) that cheap tumblers may last too.
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I have the hornady m2 tumbler, it works well, no complaint

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I had the Lyman 1200 first and it burned out over 2 years. I now have the Franklin arsenal one and like it better and have had it for about 7 or 8 years. To be fair I haven't used the Franklin as much.
When I got my first tumbler I was excited about getting into reloading so I was tumbling allot of brass whether I needed it or not but I didn't tumble for extreme amounts of time. Usually only 2-4 hours at a time.

The reasons I like the franklin arsenal one better is because It's quieter and there aren't any slots in the lid which in part make it quieter but also keep the dirt and media dust down and getting all over everything. It also has a on off switch and the Lyman had none, just had to unplug it but not really a big deal either. The bowl actually looks smaller because the diameter is smaller but it's taller so it is about the same size. As a plus the Lyman bowl fits in it if I need an extra like to change media quick and easy.
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