|an industrial kit for glass, rocks, and stones||or look at kilns at electrickilns.co.uk or making jewellery at kitiki.co.uk|
The Kitiki Industrial 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 2000cc rubber drum with internal vanes, 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 roller-wheel 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 INDUSTRIAL ROTARY TUMBLER KIT: PHOTOS|
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The Industrial Tumbler Motor Base.
The Industrial Tumbler With A 2000gm Rubber Drum.
The Industrial 2000gm Rubber Drum.
The Kitiki Abrasive Grits.
The Kitiki Zinc Oxide Polish.
The Kitiki Plastic Pellets.
|CONTINUE, OR LOOK AT OTHER TUMBLERS AND POLISHERS?|
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 INDUSTRIAL ROTARY TUMBLER||GLASS, ROCKS, AND STONES|
The Industrial Kit comprises a motor base, a 2000gm rubber barrel with internal vanes, 450gms of 80 grit, 450gms of 220 grit, 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 ST7.
The motor is rated at 230V-240V 60W, so can use a regular mains socket. It's fully-enclosed inside a vented steel 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 288mm x 234mm x 224mm high, weighs about 5kg, and comes with a 1.7 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 metal rollers, one of which is turned by the motor. Two roller-wheels, one at either end, act as barrel end-stops. The neoprene drive belt can be adjusted my moving the motor slightly. However, it's intended to be loose.
The large drum has two internal vanes to help everything to turn over and tumble efficiently as it rotates: without vanes, everything might just stay at the bottom. As you can see in the photo, the 2000gm rubber drum uses the full width of the tumbler body, so you can't use two drums at the same time.
Although the 2000gm drum is often called a full-size or 5.0lb drum, it actually holds 2000cc of water, about 2000gm, and 2000gm is about 4.41lb. So, if you see these drums described elsewhere as 5.0lbs, 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.
|USING THIS TUMBLER FOR JEWELLERY AND SILVER|
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.