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Tumblers and polishers are used to deburr, refine, matte, or gloss silver, glass, stones, aluminium, beach glass, brass, bronze, coins, copper, fashion accessories, fingerprint keepsakes, glass, gold, gun components, jewellery, Art Clay metal clays, PMC silver clay, metals, minerals, model parts, pebbles, rocks, shells, small treasures, and stones. And there are diverse archaeological, engineering, geological, hobby, and industrial applications.
Anyone who has found shiny fragments of glass, beautifully rounded pebbles, or highly polished shells on a sandy beach, has seen how continual abrasion and impacts can shape and polish even the roughest surfaces. These beach treasures have probably been in the sea for years. Fortunately, electric tumblers are hundreds of times quicker and a lot more convenient.
Although tumblers is the popular name, they're also called rotary tumblers, lapidary tumblers, jewellery tumblers, barrelling machines, glass polishers, and stone tumblers. Cutting, faceting, and polishing stones, minerals, and gems is called lapidary.
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Prices here are transparent: the tumbler kit prices include a UK-EU voltage and CE-marked motor base, a rotating drum, abrasive or polishing media, comprehensive instructions, UK VAT, and continuing free support from a top-tier international distributor. So you can start work straight away.
You don't have to buy a complete kit. All the components for all the kits are available separately, so you can mix-and-match the combination you need. To learn more about the separate parts, use the separate parts link below the menu bar near the top-left of this page.
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|COMPLETE KITS: THE STARTER, HOME, STUDIO, PROFESSIONAL, INDUSTRIAL, AND ENGINEERING|
A tumbler for jewellery, gold, and silver has a motor base unit, a revolving barrel part-filled with water, mixed stainless steel media, and a chemical cleaner. As the drum rotates, the mixed steel-shapes repeatedly fall onto the material to be polished and their collective tiny impacts burnish and harden the surface.
A tumbler for glass, metals, minerals, rocks, and stones has a motor base unit, a revolving barrel part-filled with water and abrasive grit. As the drum rotates, the grit particles repeatedly fall onto the material to be polished and their collective tiny scratches smooth the surface. It's normal to use three graded grits followed by a polish.
Because you need all the components to begin work, most people buy a complete kit. The six kits described below do most things for most people. However, you don't have to buy a complete kit. All the components for all the kits are available separately, so you can mix-and-match the combination you need. To learn more about the separate parts, use the separate parts link below the menu bar near the top-left of this page.
Each kit is available as two versions: with stainless-steel shot for working with silver, gold, and jewellery, or with grits and polish for working with glass, metals, minerals, rocks, and stones. Although both have other applications.
The Starter is a small simple tumbler kit, ideal for kids who want to polish up bits of jewellery or beach pebbles. The motor base holds a 700cc plastic drum.
The Home is a small better-engineered tumbler kit, ideal for occasional home use. The motor base holds a 510cc rubber drum.
The Studio is a medium-size simple tumbler kit, a larger version of the Starter. The motor base holds an 1150cc plastic drum or two 480cc plastic drums.
The Professional is a medium-size better-engineered tumbler kit, a larger version of the Home. The motor base holds a 950cc rubber drum, one pro 1000cc rubber drum with vanes, or two small 510cc rubber drums. It's the most popular.
The Industrial is a large robust well-engineered tumbler kit with a larger diameter 2000cc rubber drum with internal vanes.
The Engineering is a large robust well-engineered tumbler kit with a longer 2360cc plastic drum for metal parts or glass shards.
To learn more, use the links below the menu bar near the top-left of the page. The links start with the smallest economy kit, the Starter, and progress to the largest kit, the robust versatile Engineering.
The Starter and Studio are both economy kits: they have plastic drums, not rubber, the motor bases don't have barrel-end-stops so the drum is kept on the rollers by friction with the roller support brackets, and they have plain neoprene drive belts, not toothed nylon-reinforced drive belts and cogged drive wheels.
The Home and Professional are better engineered: they have rubber drums, not plastic, the motor bases have roller barrel-end-stops and toothed nylon-reinforced drive belts and cogged drive wheels, not plain neoprene belts.
Most of the tumblers in the UK were made by Evans and Beach. The businesses have changed ownership, the design and engineering have been improved, and Mr Evans no longer makes tumblers.
A magnetic polisher has a motor base with a removable stationary drum part-filled with water, mixed stainless-steel pins, and cleaner. A rotating magnetic field makes the pins jump randomly and the collective tiny scratches and impacts gradually polish and burnish the surface.
Generally, magnetic polishers are used for small, delicate, intricate shapes that don't need a lot of finishing: jewellery, brass, bronze, copper, gold, silver, model parts, small treasures, and low-profile fingerprint keepsakes. They hold less than rotary tumblers, but are quieter, quicker, and simpler to fill and empty.
The Kitiki Magnetic Polisher Kit 1 is ideal for Art Clay, bronze clay, copper clay, and PMC metal clays, copper, gold, jewellery, and silver. It consists of a magnetic motor base, a lift-off acrylic drum, a plastic lid, and 25gms of tiny stainless steel pins.
An ultrasonic cleaner has a fixed stationary chamber, and a removable plastic basket part-filled with water and cleaner: no shot, no grit. Electronically generated ultrasonic waves create minute bubbles which, during the low pressure part of each wave, grow until, during the high pressure part of the wave, they're compressed and implode. The energy released cleans the objects inside.
The Kitiki Ultrasonic Cleaner is ideal for cleaning jewellery and other objects, restoring their sparkle. It won't put a shine on a rough surface. However, they're inexpensive and very quick. It consists of a container base and a lift-out basket.
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