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The world's largest library of rock tumbling articles. We have helped thousands of people learn about rock tumblers.
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rock tumbler instructions
Rock Tumbler Instructions: A tested recipe for tumbling most rocks in small rotary tumblers.
The Best Rocks for Tumbling
Best Rocks for Tumbling: What types of rocks perform best in a rock tumbler?
How Long Does Rock Tumbling Take?
How Long Does Rock Tumbling Take? A short and a detailed answer to this question.
awesome tumbled stones
Amazing Tumbled Stones Photos and descriptions of our favorite tumbled stones.
Used Rock Tumblers
Before You Buy a Used Rock Tumbler: Some are perfect, others are a waste of money.
Grit for sale
Rock Tumbler Grit for Sale: We sell all the grits needed for rock tumbling.
Tumbling rough
Tumbling Rough For Sale: One of the internet's best selections of tumbling rough.
How much rough do I need
How Much Rough Do I Need in my Barrel? A video view into a tumbler with a glass lid.
Where to Run Your Rock Tumbler?
Where to Run Your Tumbler? Selecting a safe and convenient place for your tumbler.
Uses for Tumbled Stones
Uses for Tumbled Stones: Crafts, jewelery, decore, collecting and more.
What Happens in a Rock Tumbler?
What Happens in a Rock Tumbler? A look inside of an operating tumbler.
Are Rock Tumblers Noisy?
Are Rock Tumblers Noisy? We compare and explain how to pick a quiet tumbler.
Rotary and Vibratory Rock Tumblers
Rotary vs Vibratory Tumblers: Which type of rock tumbler is best for you?


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Instructions
rock tumbler instructions
Rock Tumbler Instructions: A procedure we recommend for tumbling most popular materials.
Printable rock tumbling instructions
Printable Tumbler Instructions: Print them on one page and take to your tumbler.
The Best Rocks for Tumbling
The Best Rocks for Tumbling: Most rocks perform poorly. How to select rocks that polish great!
why your rocks have a bad polish
Phooey! My Stones Did Not Take a Nice Polish! Learn what to do when this happens.
Igneous and Metamorphic
Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks: Many of them will accept a spectacular polish.
Burnishing
Burnishing: One short step after polish that can give your stones a better shine!
Sand Instead of Grit?
Can I Use Sand Instead of Grit? We explain why sand performs poorly in tumbling.
tumbling glass
Glass Tumbling Instructions: How to tumble for a frosted or polished finish.
Printable Tumbling Log
Printable Tumbling Log: Keep a record of your procedures and you will learn a lot!
Do Your Rocks Have Gas?
Do Your Rocks Have Gas? Some rocks do produce gas when tumbled.
UV-10 Vibratory Tumbler
How We Use the UV-10 Vibratory Tumbler: Video instructions for you.
Polish Apache tears
Tumbling Recipe for Obsidian & Apache Tears: They are not difficult if you are careful.
Cleaning the Tumbler Barrel
Cleaning a Tumbler Barrel can give you a much brighter polish and fewer leaks.
rock tumbler polish
What Polish Should I Use? A quick lesson on several types of polish and their use in tumbling.
Tips for polishing opal
Tips for Tumble Polishing Opal: You can do a great job or waste a lot of money!
How We Use the Lot-o-Tumbler
How We Use the Lot-o-Tumbler: Video and photo tips to help you get great results!
Rock tumbling books
Books About Rock Tumbling: Lots of secrets are shared in these books!
Where to Run Your Rock Tumbler?
Where to Run Your Rock Tumbler? Some places are a lot better than others.
Rock Tumbler Media
How to Use Rock Tumbler Media: How to select and use the proper tumbling media.
What Happens in a Rock Tumbler?
How Much Rough Do I Need in my Barrel? A video view into a tumbler with a glass lid.
Skipping fine grit
Experimental Rock Tumbling: Sometimes we skip the fine grit step and still get great results.
Polishing Turquoise
Tips for Polishing Turquoise: a few thoughts on tumbling turquoise that might be helpful.
Custom tumbling
Will You Polish This Rock? Most rocks can not be polished in a rock tumbler.
Electricity cost of tumbling
Electricity Costs of a Rock Tumbler? How much is that going to run up my electric bill?


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Grit and Polish
Grit for sale
Rock Tumbler Grit for Sale: We sell all the grits needed for rock tumbling.
What is Silicon Carbide Grit
What is Silicon Carbide Grit? Learn about grit and what it does in the tumbler barrel.
Sand as grit?
Can I Use Sand Instead of Grit? We explain why sand performs poorly in tumbling.
What polish should you use?
Which Polish Should I Use? Basic information on different polishes and why we use TXP.
Polish for sale
Rock Polish for Sale: We sell the most popular rock polishes and explain how to use them.


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Tumbling Rough Questions
Best tumbling rough
Best Rocks for Tumbling: How to select the types of rocks that perform well in a tumbler.
Tumbling rough
Tumbling Rough For Sale: One of the internet's best selections of tumbling rough.
Rough Size
What Size Rocks Can Be Tumbled? For best results use a mix of rock sizes in the barrel.
How much rough do I need
How Much Rock to Place in the Barrel? See what happens with too much or too little rough.
Jasper, Agate, Chalcedony?
What are Jasper, Agate, and Chalcedony? How to identify these favorite materials.
Sources of glass for polishing
Sources of Colored Glass for Polishing: Learn where we found some great glass.
Ohio Flint
How to Polish Ohio Flint: This stuff is REALLY tough, but tumbles beautifully!
Fee mining and digging sites
Fee Mining and Digging Sites: Where you can hunt rocks and keep what you find.


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Rock Tumbler Media
Rock tumbler media
How to Select the Right Media? Some simple rules for using media.
Buy rock tumbler media
Rock Tumbler Media for Sale: We sell ceramic cylinders and plastic pellets.


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Rotary Rock Tumbler Information
Rotary tumblers for sale
Rotary Tumblers For Sale: We sell several different models of rotary tumblers.
Choosing a rotary tumbler
Which Rotary Tumbler is Right For You? Consider size, price and operating costs.
Plastic tumblers are loud
About the Inexpensive Plastic Tumblers: Should you buy one - or buy a hobbyist tumbler?
Lortone and Thumler's comparison
Compare Tumblers from Thumler's and Lortone: Our thoughts on two popular brands.
World's largest rock tumblers
World's Largest Rock Tumblers: They are not used to make polished stones!
Compare the MP-1 to the A-R1
Comparing the MP-1 and A-R1: Barrel capacity, motor quality, frame, life expectancy.


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Vibratory Rock Tumbler Information
Using Thumler's UV-10
How We Use the Thumler's UV-10 Tumbler: Video tips on how we use this tumbler.
save time and money
Save Time and Money With a Vibratory Tumbler: Why lots of people buy vibratory.
Rotary and Vibratory Rock Tumblers
Rotary vs. Vibratory: Which of these rock tumbler types is right for you?
Vibratory Rock Tumblers For Sale
Vibratory Tumblers For Sale: We sell four vibratory tumblers. One might be right for you!
How We Use the Lot-o-Tumbler
How We Use the Lot-o-Tumbler: Video and photo tips to help you get great results!
Comparing vibratory tumblers
Compare Vibratory Rock Tumblers: Barrel size and available rough are important.
Replacing a UV-10 motor
Replacing a UV-10 Motor: It takes time but can be done with just a few tools.
Vibratory rock tumbler bowl life
Vibratory Rock Tumbler Bowl Life: How to get maximum life out of your vibratory barrel.


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Maintenance and Parts
Thumler's Rock Tumbler Parts
Thumler's Tumbler Parts: Parts for current model tumblers from Tru-Square Metal Products.
Lortone Tumbler Parts
Lortone Tumbler Parts: Belts, barrels, motors, shafts and more for Lortone machines.
How Long Do Tumbler Belts Last?
How Long Do Tumbler Belts Last? If your tumbler eats belts, read this article.
Oiling a Thumler's Tumbler
Oiling a Thumler's Tumbler: Where to oil your A-R1, A-R2, A-R12, & Model B tumblers.
Parts for Vintage Rock Tumblers
Parts for Vintage Rock Tumblers: Parts for most older brands are no longer available.
Replacing a Lortone belt video
Replacing a Lortone Belt: It's a very easy job if you have a screwdriver.
Lot-o-Tumbler Parts
Lot-o-Tumbler Parts: Barrels, lids, springs, and fans for the Lot-o Single and Twin.
Tumble Bee Parts
Tumble Bee Tumbler Parts: Replacement parts for the original Tumble-Bee.
Model B barrel dimensions
Model B Barrel Dimensions: Many people ask about the liner and lid gasket dimensions.
Leaking tumbler barrel
Leaking Tumbler Barrel? Most rock tumbler barrel leaks are easy to fix.


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Tumbled Stones


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Tumbled Stone Crafts


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