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Old 01-31-2015, 03:01 PM
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vibrating or tumbler abrasive cleaner

Anybody tried the HF small parts vibrating or tumble abrasive cleaner for small stuff like bolts I'm thinking about getting one if they work.

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Old 01-31-2015, 03:09 PM
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Dont know about the HF ones, but our machine shop at work has one...Does a super job on stuff
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:06 AM
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Is it the viberating kind or the revolving tumbler type?
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I have the h/f one , mother gave it to me a few years ago.. works fine..

I got the adbracive at tractor supply as it was much cheaper
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:40 AM
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Black diamond abrasive ? I was thinking about using that too....
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i have the middle sized vibratory one from eastwood
i use the green diamond abrasive in it.
i dont think it works very well on steel
i mostly use it to help in polish small alum parts
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Black diamond abrasive ? I was thinking about using that too....
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:25 AM
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the good thing about them, is the fact that you can be something else, while it is working away in the corner
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the good thing about them, is the fact that you can be something else, while it is working away in the corner
I load mine and turn it on, have it pluged into a timer, so it can run overnight.. run one hour, off to rest it, then on 30 minutes later, then off after an hour.. etc.. not that it can't go for hours on end.. I just think it's safer this way.. that chance over working it, while not in the garage to shut it down, if it gets overworked and try's to let the majic smoke out..
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we have the big harbor fright vibratory for deburring plasma parts
get a timer dbm... you don't want to be in the same building when they run
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I'd degrease anything that goes in it. I use a home made one to polish brass that I reload. You can also dump out an save different kinds of abrasives. I use walnut shells with car wax mixed in to polish an walnut shells without wax to clean.
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the good thing about them, is the fact that you can be something else, while it is working away in the corner
Exactly what I was thinking I have better things to do with my time than cleaning nuts and bolts, even if it only takes 2 hrs by hand that equals 100.00 to clean bolts ,something like this will be very cost effective.
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Different media, for different materials. If you match the media to the material, they work great. There are also liquid additives that can be poured into your media and help the tumbler to polish better. I use a liquid media with walnut shell, or corn husk to polish aluminum and brass/copper.
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