Thumler's Ultra-Vibe 10 Industrial Rock Tumbler / Brass Polisher
This is the "industrial" model designed for rocks!
Removable, heavy polyethylene bowl with lid
Three quart capacity (10 pounds of rocks / 125-400 cartridge cases)
Creates a cyclonic effect, rocks move around the bowl and down the center (see video below)
Ball bearing motor operates on 115 volts
Thermally protected for safety - 1.12 amps
Vibrates at 3000 VPM
Dimensions: 10" diameter x 11" high.
Vibratory tumblers are a lot faster and a lot more economical than rotary tumblers.
The Ultra-Vibe 10 tumbler will do the rough cut in just a few days and the prepolish
and polish steps in just two or three days each. The UV-10 tumbler also works great
for polishing brass gun shell cartridges.
The Thumler's Model UV-10 is supplied with a single ten pound bowl which will process
about ten pounds of rock. It has a heavy-duty, maintenance-free motor, durable base and
large capacity barrel. This is the heavy duty industrial version of the UV-10.
The tumbler is supplied with instructions that will guide you through tumbling your first
batch of rock. You can also watch the video below and read an article about
how we use the UV-10 tumbler.
If you are really serious about getting a high quality polish we recommend getting a separate tumbler bowl and using it exclusively for the polishing step. A dedicated bowl for polish (and a thorough cleaning of your rocks after the 500 grit step) will help avoid grit contamination of your polishing step.
We highly recommend:
Modern Rock Tumbling by Steve Hart.
Learning is the fastest way to improve the quality of
rocks that you tumble. In this book you will learn from an expert with extensive
experience. You will increase your abilities, learn to save time, money and have a great reference book
that you will use again and again.
Gemstones of the World
We highly recommend:
Gemstones of the World (fifth edition) by Walter Schumann.
One of the most popular gemstone books ever written, with over one million copies sold. It has about 100 pages of basic gemstone information and about 200 pages dedicated to photos and descriptions of over 100 gems and gem materials.