Heavy-Duty Tumbler System
The system ready for use...
Eastwood's tumbler systems (standard and heavy duty) are designed to do a variety of tasks that have traditionally required time-consuming hands-on work. Such things as rust removal from fasteners/brackets; polishing complicated surfaces; removing burrs and parts degreasing can be done with the tumbler.
The "before" pieces....
We attempted to remove rust and flaking paint from a couple hood latches, studs and miscellaneous hardware from our '55 T-bird car restoration project using the heavy-duty tumbler's rust-removing media. Following that we cleaned and polished the parts using the Dry Shine media in a separate bowl provided in the kit.
Using the system required no experience or skills. All we did was pour the media into the bowl, add the parts and some water, tighten the lid and plug in the motor. We left the system running for 3 hours, after which we checked our parts and found them virtually spotless.
The pieces are looking pretty good, so it's time to remove them.
We removed the parts and dried them, then transferred bowls on the motor to perform the shining operation. We left the system running for 2 hours and found the pieces polished enough for our purposes. Leaving them longer, of course, yields a higher level of polish (tumbler — Not bad for a short time in the system, eh?)
Things To Consider
Not bad for a short time in the tumbler.
Although the tumbler bowls are large, the size of parts you can treat is limited. Items such as thermostat housings and brackets are fine, but there isn't room for anything larger than about 6 inches in length.
It's wise to plan your work carefully. Since each step takes several hours you will want to put the maximum amount of pieces into the media. It also helps to count the items because it's relatively easy to miss one or two during the removal process. Retrieving pieces from the rust-removal media is messy, and is best done over a laundry sink where the pieces and the media itself can be separated and rinsed.
You shouldn't use the tumbler system on a workbench or table. The vibrations can eventually make it "walk" off and fall to the floor (the directions mention this). We found the best place for it was on a concrete floor, so plan to use it in the garage. It's not particularly noisy, but you wouldn't want to watch TV or read a book next to it.
This is a tool well worth having. It is versatile, inexpensive and doesn't take up much space. It will clean and polish those intricately shaped parts that would otherwise take a lot of time and effort to do by hand. All it takes on the part of the user is to load up the bowl and turn it on, and then leave it alone for several hours. You can use the time to do other things on your project and then return later to clean, polished parts.