Rock Tumblers
McAfee SECURE
sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware,
spam, viruses and online scams
RockTumbler Home Rock Tumbling Library Compare Tumblers Rotary Tumblers Vibratory Tumblers Tumbler Grit Tumbler Polish Tumbling Media Tumbling Rough Tumbler Parts Tumbled Stones Videos Blog

 Home » Compare Rock Tumblers

Rock Tumbler Comparison Chart and Review


Our Rock Tumbler Promise

The table below compares the rotary rock tumblers that we sell.



Some people ask us.... "Which tumbler do you use?" We use most of the tumblers shown below. We use a Thumler's MP-1 to experiment with small amounts of rough. We use the Thumler's A-R2 to simulate the experience obtained by our many customers who use rotary tumblers with three-pound capacity barrels. We use the Thumler's Model B when we have a lot of rock that needs rotary tumbling. Finally, most of the rock that we tumble spends the medium, fine and polish steps in a Lot-o-Tumbler Single because it is very fast (only 24 to 48 hours each for the medium, fine and polishing steps), uses very little grit, and produces an amazing polish.

Tumbler Model / Picture Description Price
Thumler's MP1
Thumler's MP-1
Perfect for the beginner. This is the tumbler to buy if you want to try rock tumbling at minimal cost and minimal noise. The soft rubber barrel is much quieter than the plastic-barrel tumblers sold by toy and department stores. We have a Thumler's MP-1 tumbler that has produced many batches of tumbled stones over the past few years and is still running well. This tumbler has one barrel and the perfect size load starts out with about 1 1/4 pounds of rock. The kit includes rough rock, grit, polish, instructions, everything needed to start tumbling - plus a jewelry kit with keychain and necklace. Happy tumbling!

Age Recommendation: For use by children ages 14 and up with close adult supervision. Find out why.
MSRP $100.29
You Pay $74.95


Tumbler and Supplies
Thumler's AR1
Thumler's A-R1
This kit gives you everything needed to start rock tumbling with a high quality machine. You get a Thumler's A-R1 tumbler, grit, polish, rough rock, instructions book and jewelry kit. A great gift for the beginner! The durable metal frame will last for years, the air-cooled motor is overload protected, and the soft rubber barrel will tumble your rocks quietly. This tumbler has one barrel and the perfect size load starts out with about 2 pounds of rock. A simple machine that is very easy to use. Happy tumbling!

Age Recommendation: For use by children ages 14 and up with close adult supervision. Find out why.
MSRP $171.92
You Pay $129.95


Tumbler and Supplies
Thumler's AR2
Thumler's A-R2
The Thumler's A-R2 tumbler has two soft rubber barrels that tumble rocks quietly. Each barrel can tumble about two pounds of rough rock. Having two barrels makes it easy for two people to share the same tumbler, or, one person can experiment with different types of rock or run rocks at different stages of the tumbling process. The A-R2 has a durable metal frame and an air-cooled overload-protected motor. We own two A-R2 tumblers and run one of them frequently. Happy tumbling!

Age Recommendation: For use by children ages 14 and up with close adult supervision. Find out why.
MSRP $197.95
You Pay $149.95


Tumbler Only
Thumlers AR12
Thumler's A-R12
The Model A-R12 has a single 12-pound capacity barrel that is intended to tumble about 8 pounds of rough rock. Great for a person who lives where agates, jasper and other types of tumbling rock can be easily collected. Has a durable metal base that can quickly be converted to tumble two 3-pound capacity barrels (not included) by simply lifting out the idler shaft and placing it in a different position. The motor is air-cooled and overload protected. The soft rubber barrel will tumble your rocks with a minimum amount of noise.

Age Recommendation: This is a large-capacity tumbler that should be used by adults. Find out why.
MSRP $249.13
You Pay $199.95


Tumbler Only
Thumlers Model B
Thumler's Model B
The Model B has a single 15-pound capacity metal barrel with a rubber insert and gasket. If you fill this barrel about 1/2 to 2/3 full of rock as recommended it will process about ten pounds of rock. The soft rubber insert and gasket will tumble your stones with a minimum amount of noise. It has a heavy-duty, low-speed, 1550 rpm motor that is overload protected and larger than the motors provided with the smaller tumblers shown above. Can be easly converted to tumble two 3-pound barrels by lifting out the drive and idler shafts and snapping A-R2 shafts into position (A-R2 shafts and 3-pound barrels not included).

Age Recommendation: This is a large-capacity tumbler that should be used by adults. Find out why.
MSRP $306.23
You Pay $239.95


Tumbler Only


Vibratory Rock Tumbler Comparison


Our Rock Tumbler Promise

The table below compares features of the vibratory rock tumbler that we sell. Vibratory tumblers process rock in less than half the time required by a rotary tumbler. They also save you money by using a lot less grit and polish (less than 1/2 as much as a rotary tumbler of same capacity). The video at right explains the difference between rotary and vibratory tumblers. It also explains how using a rotary tumbler and a vibratory tumbler together can enhance your tumbling results.

We share how we use the Lot-o-Tumbler in an article: How We Use the Lot-o-Tumbler, and how we use the Thumler's UV-10 in an article: Operating the Thumler's UV-10 Rock Tumbler.
 

Tumbler Model / Picture Description Price:
Tumbler Only
Lortone QT6
Lot-o-Tumbler Single
The Lot-o-Tumbler Single polishes four pounds of rock in about a week and uses less than 1/2 of the grit used by a rotary tumbler. You will save lots of time and electricity too! Produces an amazing polish on agates, jaspers, petrified wood, and many other materials. Very quick and easy to clean. You can remove the lid to inspect your rock in the middle of a run. You must be dedicated to use this machine because it must be glued to a concrete block and tended at least once a day - but you will be smiling when you see your superbright polish. We have an article and video that show how we use this machine.

Age Recommendation: This is a large-capacity tumbler that should be used by adults. Find out why.
Only $199.95
Lot-o-Tumbler
Lot-o-Tumbler Twin
The two-barrel Lot-o-Tumbler Twin will process about eight pounds of rough rock (four pounds in each barrel). Most rocks can be tumbled start-to-finish in about one week. For a small price increase over the Lot-o-Tumbler Single you will have the ability to polish twice as much rock (both barrels must be used during operation). This machine must be glued to a pair of concrete blocks and tended at least once per day. Produces a great polish and uses less grit per pound of rock that a rotary tumbler.

Age Recommendation: This is a large-capacity tumbler that should be used by adults. Find out why.
Only $289.95
Lortone QT12
Thumlers UV10
The Thumler's UV-10 is a great vibratory tumbler that will process up to about ten pounds of rough rock. This is the "industrial model" designed to tumble polish a heavy load of rocks. In about seven days you can process a load of crushed rock into smooth and brightly-polished tumbled stones. We have an article and video that show how we use this machine.

Age Recommendation: This is a large-capacity tumbler that should be used by adults. Find out why.
MSRP $356.15
You Pay $279.95




RockTumbler.com has a Shopper Approved rating of 4.8/5 based on 1280 ratings and reviews