Electric Tumblers
Electric Tumblers
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Kitiki Beach Starter Tumbler For Jewellery, Silver, Art Clay, Metals, and PMC Kitiki Beach Starter Tumbler For Jewellery, Silver, Art Clay, Metals, and PMC Kitiki Beach 900cc Starter Plastic Drum
UK To EU Plug Adapter
Ceramic Block
Ceramic Cloth
Ceramic Shapes
Kitiki Cleaner
Ceramic-Fibre Cloth
Bullseye Kiln Paper
CR1 Professional Motor Base
CR2 Professional Motor Base
CR5 Professional Motor Base
Large Rubber Drum 2000gm Open
Digital Pyrometer
Cherry Heaven Digital Alarm-Timer
Dremel Engraver
Dremel Engraver In Use
EU Plug
Fire Extinguisher
File Set
File Set
Glare-Resistant Glasses
Abrasive Grits
Mini Motor Base
Heat-Resistant Gloves
Junior Motor Base
Cutters
Flush Cutters
Flat-Nose Pliers
Pointed-Nose Pliers
Bent-Nose Pliers
Round-Nose Pliers
Knife Set
Knife Set
Small Plastic Drum 700gm Closed
Medium Rubber Drum 950gm Closed
Medium Rubber Drum 950gm Open
Mini-Drill
Digital Multimeter
Magnetic Polisher
Magnetic Polisher
Magnetic Polisher
Magnetic Polisher
3M HEPA Dust Mask
Mains Tester Screwdriver
Plastic Pellets
Magnetic Polisher Pins
Magnetic Polisher Pins
Protective Safety Glasses
Potter & Brumfield Relay
Ring Guage
Small Plastic Drum 700gm Closed
Scriber
Shot: Balls And Planetoids
Shot: Pins And Rods
Soldering Iron
Paragon SC2 Shelf Kit
Small Plastic Drum 700gm Closed
Small Rubber Drum 510gm Closed
Stainless Steel Containers
Studio Motor Base
Studio Motor Base
Industrial
SilverEtch By Larissa Johnson
SilverEtch By Larissa Johnson
South-West Of England
Starter With One Drum
Mini With One Drum
Studio With One Drum
Junior With One Drum
Industrial With One Drum
Professional With Two Drums
Triblets
Ultrasonic Cleaner Kit 1
Ultrasonic Cleaner Kit 1
Ultrasonic Cleaner Kit 1
Ultrasonic Cleaner Example
Cherry Heaven USB Loudspeakers
UK Plug
Vermiculite
Medium Rubber Drum With Vanes Open
Walnut Shells
Zinc Oxide Polish

The Kitiki Starter Tumbler Kit For Glass, Metals, Minerals, Rocks, And Stones.

The Kitiki Starter Tumbler Kit is generally used for smoothing and polishing glass, rocks, and stones, although it has other applicatons. It's popular for adding a gloss or matte finish to beach glass and small pebbles.

The kit comprises a motor base, a 900cc plastic drum, a three-grit pack with 450gms of 80 grit, 450gms of 220 grit, and 450gms of 400 grit, 200 gms of zinc oxide polish, and 250gm of plastic pellets to distribute the polish..

You can create attractive finishes on brass, bronze, cartridge shells, castings, coins, copper, fashion accessories, fingerprint keepsakes, glass, gold, gun components, jewellery, keys, metals, minerals, model parts, rocks, shells, silver, small treasures, and stones. And there are diverse archeological, engineering, geological, home-hobby, and industrial applications. .


This is a complete ready-to-go kit.

The vented motor base houses a powerful motor. It has two plastic barrel end-stops and a neoprene drive belt. The base and plastic drum are guaranteed by the manufacturer for five years: providing you've looked after them.

The grits are silicon carbide: an angular, hard, sharp, material which fractures into smaller angular particles, making it an effective abrasive. Generally, 80 grit is classed as medium, 220 as fine, and 400 as very fine. They come in plastic screw-top pots: not plastic bags, and not pots that can't be closed once the seal has been broken.
The final phase for polishing glass and stones uses a very fine zinc oxide paste mixed with small plastic pellets to help distribute it and stop it sticking together in lumps.
If you see grits sold as a getting-started pack, you'll probably get two small pots of grit, not three, a small pot of polish, and no plastic pellets. It won't be enough, and you'll have to buy more once you've experimented.


For prices, use the shop link below the menu bar near the top-right of any page. They include UK VAT and UK mainland delivery. So, no other charges and you can start work straight away.

THE KITIKI STARTER ROTARY TUMBLER KIT: PHOTOS

The Kitiki Starter Tumbler Kit For Glass, Metals, Minerals, Rocks, And Stones.

To look at the pop-up photos, hold your mouse over the zoom buttons below: you don't need to click.


Beach ST1 Rotary Tumbler The Starter Tumbler Motor Base.

Beach ST1 Rotary TumblerThe Starter Tumbler With A Plastic Drum.

Beach Lapidary Plastic Drum The Starter 900gm Plastic Drum.

Abrasive Grits The Kitiki Abrasive Grits.

Zinc Oxide Polish The Kitiki Zinc Oxide Polish.

Plastic Pellets The Kitiki Plastic Pellets.

CONTINUE, OR LOOK AT OTHER TUMBLERS AND POLISHERS?

The Kitiki Starter Tumbler Kit For Glass, Metals, Minerals, Rocks, And Stones.

This comprehensive internet resource lets you research and compare tumblers in your own time. There's a lot to read, but you'll make the right choice instead of an expensive mistake. The section about plastic and rubber drums is very important.

The kits come in different styles: some include a plastic drum and some a rubber, some can hold one drum and some can hold two, and some are better engineered. The Professional Tumbler Kit is the most popular.

If you want to re-polish delicate, filigree, or low-profile pieces, a magnetic polisher is better, quicker, quieter, and simpler to fill and empty than a rotary tumbler. To learn more, use the magnetic link below the menu bar near the top of the page.

THE KITIKI STARTER ROTARY TUMBLER KIT GLASS, ROCKS, AND STONES

The Kitiki Starter Tumbler Kit For Glass, Metals, Minerals, Rocks, And Stones.

Kitiki Starter Tumbler    Kitiki 900gm Plastic Drum Kitiki Abrasive Grits Kitiki Zinc Oxide Polish

The kit comprises a motor base, a 900gm plastic barrel, a three-grit pack with 450gms of 80 grit, 450gms of 220 grit, and 450gms of 400 grit, 200 gms of zinc oxide polish, and 250gm of plastic pellets to distribute the polish. It's based on the Beach Lapidary ST1.


The motor is rated at 230V-240V 15W, so can use a regular mains socket. It's fully-enclosed inside a vented aluminium case rather than, as with some tumblers, exposed at one end: so it's less prone to damage and damp, and takes up less space.

Including the barrel, it measures 154mm x 130mm x 200mm high, weighs about 2kg, and comes with a 1.8 metre cable ending in a UK 3-pin plug. Plastic protectors stop the tumbler marking your work-top, or slowly creeping and falling off.


The barrel revolves on two rubber rollers, one of which is turned by the motor. The neoprene drive belt can be adjusted my moving the motor slightly. However, it's intended to be loose.

As you can see in the photo, the 900gm plastic drum uses the full width of the tumbler body, so you can't use a larger drum or two smaller drums at the same time.

Although the 900gm drum is often called a half-size or 2.0lb drum, it actually holds 900cc of water, about 900gm, and 900gm is about 1.98lb. So, if you see these drums described elsewhere as 1.5lbs, they're not.


The tumblers and polishers have been engineered and comprehensively tested for countries that have 230V-240V mains: the UK, the EU, and most other areas. They're CE Marked and comply with EU safety standards.

The instructions for all the tumblers and polishers can be printed here, using the instructions link below the menu bar near the top of the page.


The starter part of the kit is that it's a small basic tumbler with a small plastic drum. The better-engineered tumblers, the small Home Kit and the medium Professional Kit, have more powerful motors and rubber drums, and there are roller-ball drum end-stops, toothed nylon-reinforced drive belts, and cogged drive wheels.

Finally, apart from the large Industrial Kit, your choice might be decided by price. However, for the reasons explained above, the Professional Tumbler is by far the most popular.

WHY THE STARTER KIT INCLUDES A PLASTIC DRUM, NOT A RUBBER DRUM
Kitiki Beach Lapidary 700gm Plastic Drum Kitiki Kimber Allen 510gm Rubber Drum

The Kitiki Plastic And Rubber Barrels.

The Starter Tumbler Kit includes a plastic drum: because it's cheaper. If you need to upgrade but want something about the same size, look at the Home Tumbler Kit which includes a rubber drum. The Home Tumbler is better engineered: it has a more powerful motor, roller-ball drum end-stops, a toothed nylon-reinforced drive belt, and non-slip cogged drive wheels.

As it rotates, the drum stays central by gently rubbing against the brackets, one at either end, that hold the roller ends. A rubber drum drags more than a plastic, so can sometimes fall off the rollers.

Plastic drums are fiddlesome to open and close, noisy in use, and sometimes leak. And, if the end caps aren't pushed on all the way, the drum won't turn properly and can fall off the rollers. You'll just need to be a bit more careful.

To make the lid easier to push on, it needs to stand in hot water. When it's on, the drum needs to be squeezed to expel as much air as possible because, during prolonged tumbling, the air warms up and expands and can cause the drum to leak.

To make the lid easier to pull off, the whole drum needs to stand in hot water. Prising it off is a good way to break your nails and there's a slight risk that it will suddenly come off and you'll spill your work, shot or grit, and soapy water.

If you have to work in the same room, plastic drums are very noisy: especially as some glass, rocks, and stones might need to tumble for days, or even weeks.


Rubber drums are better, quieter, and don't leak. They're simpler to fill and empty than plastic drums as they use a different lid mechanism: at one end there's an inner metal lid, a rubber sealing ring, an outer metal lid, and a retaining wing-nut.

USING THIS KIT FOR JEWELLERY AND METALS
Polished Copper Beads Polished Silver Ring Polished Gold Ring Polished Belt Buckle

The Kitiki Starter Tumbler Kit For Jewellery, Silver, Gold, Art Clay, PMC, And Metals.

If you've already bought this tumbler for glass, rocks, and stones, but now want to polish jewellery and metals, you'll need 1000gms of mixed-shape, rust-resistant, stainless-steel shot and 225cc of special cleaner and corrosion inhibitor.

However, grits and polish are a bit like sandy toothpaste, and cleaning out a drum completely, storing the grit, and swapping back to shot is messy and tedious. And I wouldn't recommend using the same single drum for grits and shot as one stray grit particle in the shot will scratch your work.

You could use two barrels: one for the grits and one for shot, marked so that you don't mix them up. But, budget constraints aside, it's much better to use four drums for the three grit grades and the polish, and one drum one for the shot. It makes cleaning and storing easier, especially as the three grits look similar and the polish must be kept grit-free.


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