|SMALL ROCK POLISHING TUMBLERS: Three compact LORTONE tumbler models offer 3 to 6 lb. capacities. Each is quiet, sturdy, simple to operate, and gives excellent results. All feature the patented LORTONE molded rubber barrel with a quick-seal closure, and a continuous-duty fan- cooled motor. UL and CSA listed.|
|MID-SIZED ROCK POLISHING TUMBLERS: Three larger capacity tumblers for 6 to 12 pound loads boast the same outstanding performance as our smaller tumblers. Designed for continuous shop use, they feature heavy duty overload protected motors and durable, welded steel construction. Perfect for moderate production use or larger items. All include LORTONE's patented barrels with positive quick-seal leak proof closures and 10-sided interior surface for optimum tumbling action.|
REPLACEMENT BARRELS: Patented LORTONE Tumbler Barrels are made of long wearing synthetic rubber and feature an exclusive water tight seal. 10-sided interiors on the 4 lb. and larger models nearly double the tumbling action of old style 6-sided barrels. Not for use with solvents or harsh detergents.
Step #1 16oz 60/90
Step #2 14oz 120/220
Step #3 12oz Pre-polish
Step #4 12oz Polish
#590-30 $ 24.98
5lb Estimated shipping
Large 4 step Kit
with 5lbs of each step
26lbs shipping weight
|One set of
#590-30 ROCK POLISHING COMPOUND Will do the following
4 times 3lb rock tumbler,
3 times 4lb rock tumbler,
2 times 6lb rock tumbler,
1 time 12lb rock tumbler,
The finest Silicon Carbide available for grinding, tumbling or lapping. Also available in bulk quantities.
Economical for Tumbling and General Use
STEP #1 60/90 Grit 5 lb. 24.95
STEP #2 120/220 Grit 5 lb. 25.95
STEP #3 Sisa
Prepolish Extra fine
A great pre-polish
5 lb. 24.95
STEP #4 Aluminum Oxide Excellent cost-effective Alumina for a bright shine.
Cleans up easily 5 lb. 28.95
Used in the prepolish and polishing stages to cushion stones and help carry polish. also works well as a filler for small loads. Long wearing and reusable. 1 lb. 7.98 5 lb. 23.95
Rock Polishing Questions
lid keeps coming off my tumbler after a few hours. What am I doing wrong?
Most likely the lid is either not seated properly or the knurled nut is over tightened. Clean the edge of the lid and the shoulder inside the barrel well. Make sure the lid fits down against the shoulder. Install the outer lid evenly and firmly. Tighten the black plastic knurled nut finger tight. The stud doesn't need to project through the nut - leave a couple of threads showing. If the nut is over tightened it can actually pull the lid off the shoulder and cause it to leak. NEVER use any kind of tool to tighten the nut.
How can I get that wet-look polish on my stones?
Keep in mind that not all stones will polish to the same degree. Most high polishes are the result of a lot of trial and error. You'll find that what works for someone else won't always work for you but there are several things you can do to improve any finish. First, always make sure you clean the stones and the barrel thoroughly between steps. Contamination is the number 1 cause of poor results. Check your stones in the pre-polish stage several times. Remove any that have chips as the sharp edges can scratch other stones. Also make sure to remove any small chips floating around. Use plastic pellets during the pre-polish and polish stages. They help to reduce chipping and are especially valuable on softer stones. Take your time in the pre-polish stage. This prepares the stones for the final polish and, if rushed, will lead to a less glossy finish. Finally, don't be afraid to experiment. Try Aluminum Oxide, Cerium Oxide, or Tin Oxide until you find one that works best for you.
I'm using my tumbler for burnishing Silver jewelry and find that I get a lot of black tarnish on my work. This is worse than before ! Help !
Not all burnishing solutions are compatible with rubber barrels. This applies to burnishing soap, Tide, Liquid detergents and other compounds. It's made even worse by high concentrations. Unfortunately, there are many types of burnishing compounds available and we can't test much less keep up with them all.
We don't recommend anything greater than 1 tablespoon per gallon of water. To prevent the black tarnish and damage to the barrel, cut back the amount of burnishing soap you're now using. If you still get the tarnish - switch to a different compound. Let me know what works for you and what doesn't (include brand names and where purchased).
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