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Rock Tumbler Comparison Chart and Review


Our Rock Tumbler Promise


The table below compares features of every rotary rock tumbler that we sell. The video at right reviews the features of several popular rock tumblers by Lortone and Thumler's.

Some people ask.... "Which tumbler do you use?" We use a Thumler's MP-1 to experiment with small amounts of rough. My father gave me a Thumler's A-R2 about 40 years ago and I still use one today. Most of the rock that I tumble is processed in a rotary tumbler for the coarse grind step - because I like rounded stones. Then they are finished in a single Lot-o-Tumbler 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. I explain how I polish most of my rock in a video: Rotary and Vibratory Tumblers Explained and in an article: How We Use the Lot-o-Tumbler.
 

Tumbler Model / Picture Description Barrels Rock Capacity Price:
Tumbler Only
Price:
Tumbler & Supplies
Thumler's AR1
Thumler's A-R1
This kit gives you everything needed to start tumbling. You get a Thumler's A-R1 tumbler, grit, polish, rock, instructions book and jewelry craft kit. A great gift for the beginner! The durable metal frame will last for years and the soft rubber barrel will tumbler your rocks quietly. Happy tumbling!

Age Recommendation: For use by children ages 14 and up with close adult supervision. Find out why.
One Barrel Two Pounds
of Rock
 
MSRP $166.10
You Pay $129.95


Tumbler and Supplies
Thumler's AR2
Thumler's A-R2
The Thumler's A-R2 tumbler has two three-pound barrels. It is very easy to use and the soft rubber barrels will tumble your rock quietly. 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. (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.
Two Barrels Four Pounds
of Rock
(two in each barrel)
MSRP $191.25
You Pay $149.95


Tumbler Only
Only $199.95

Tumbler and Supplies
Thumlers AR12
Thumler's A-R12
The Model A-R12 has a single 12 lb. rubber barrel. If you fill this barrel about 1/2 to 2/3 full of rock as recommended it will process about eight pounds of rock. The soft rubber barrel will tumble your stones with a minimum amount of noise.

Age Recommendation: This is a large-capacity tumbler that should be used by adults. Find out why.
One Barrel Eight Pounds
of Rock
MSRP $240.70
You Pay $199.95


Tumbler Only
 
Thumlers Model B
Thumler's Model B
The Model B has a single 15 lb. 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 the low speed, 1550rpm, overload protected motor.

Age Recommendation: This is a large-capacity tumbler that should be used by adults. Find out why.
One Barrel Ten Pounds
of Rock
MSRP $295.87
You Pay $239.95


Tumbler Only
 


Vibratory Rock Tumbler Comparison


Our Rock Tumbler Promise


The table below compares features of every 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 Barrels Rock
Capacity
Price:
Tumbler Only
Lortone QT6
Lot-o-tumbler 4
The Lot-o-Tumbler 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 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 - but you will be smiling when you see your superbright polish.

Age Recommendation: This is a large-capacity tumbler that should be used by adults. Find out why.
One Barrel About Four Pounds
of Rock
Only $199.95
Lot-o-Tumbler
Lot-o-Tumbler 8
A two-barrel Lot-o-Tumbler will process about eight pounds of rough rock. A very small price increase for the ability to polish twice as much rock.

Age Recommendation: This is a large-capacity tumbler that should be used by adults. Find out why.
Two Barrels About Eight Pounds
of Rock
(four in each barrel)
Only $279.95
Lortone QT12
Thumlers UV10
The Thumler's UV-10 is a great vibratory tumbler that will process about ten pounds of material. This is the "industrial model" designed to polish brass or a heavy load of rocks. It's a little more expensive than the standard model but this is the machine needed for rock polishing.

Age Recommendation: This is a large-capacity tumbler that should be used by adults. Find out why.
One Barrel About Ten Pounds
of Rock
MSRP $344.10
You Pay $279.95