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    Default Polishing tumbler

    My old leaky tumbler is going to be converted to a walnut shell pearl polisher, so I am in the market for a decent tumble polisher..recommendations? After faffing around with mr leaky for years I want something which will NEVER leak
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    I bought one from Cookson’s and have never had a leak. It is made by Kimber-Allen and has a screw tightened lid. Excellent so far!!
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    Lortone all the way for me. Mine has been going strong for more years than I care to remember.

    If you can't get one (they're hard to find in the UK at the moment), then anything with a rubber, not plastic barrel (rubber barrels don't need vanes unless you particularly want them) and screw tightened two part lid.

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    Thanks to both of you. My leaky one was rubber, with vanes but had a lid which just fitted with a flange, so any shot getting in under the lip immediately opened the sluices.
    What do you think of this one?Click image for larger version. 

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    I tried one similar to that Wendy - not mine, I'm glad to say, as I didn't like it at all. Horribly noisy and then it just packed up. Which was a bit disappointing given that it cost its owner quite a bit.

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    Thanks George. not that one then
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    As said above lortone the Rolls Royce of tumblers you can buy spare parts for units 25 years old, which I have just done only the second time I have needed spare parts.

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    Can't find any on sale ..company website says sold out! (of most things, extraordinary!) There do seem to be a lot of rock tumblers - are they what people use?
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    jewellery tumblers started out as rock tumblers, just depends on what trade your to what you call them

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    I bought my Lortone3A about 3 years ago from creative glass. It works well, and they have it in stock again:
    https://www.creativeglassshop.co.uk/...-3lb-220v.html

    The are cheaper ones on the web, but buyer beware.

    I also bought the extra fine shot, which gives a superior result. Minimum tumbling time 3 hours, but some tumble over night.
    https://www.creativeglassshop.co.uk/...17&phrase=shot

    Dennis.

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