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Old February 1st, 2017, 07:42 PM   #1
 
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Forgot about tumbler...

Tonight I almost forgot to turn off my brass tumbler. I did remember, but what if...?

If it's left on too long, will the brass eventually just disappear?



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I had a similar problem in the past. I put a timer on mine and the problem no longer exists. You can get an inline timer for a relatively small amount. Check out Lowe's, Home Depot, or even Harbor Freight.

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I had a similar problem in the past. I put a timer on mine and the problem no longer exists. You can get an inline timer for a relatively small amount. Check out Lowe's, Home Depot, or even Harbor Freight.

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I left my tumbler on overnight once. Next morning I just managed to save it from vibrating off the my reloading bench. It was ready to fall and would have made a nice mess on the floor.
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I've left it on for a week (on the floor).
No issues with the brass other than really shiny.
I think (organic) media will turn to dust before the metal cases.

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I have had one fall off the bench before! Nice mess for me to sweep up. I leave it on the floor all the time now. I usually leave them on overnight and never have a problem.
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I usually run mine overnight on the floor in the garage. Produces very shiny brass!
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I use a Thumler tumbler with walnut hull media, and I usually let it run overnight without concern.

Early on, I did notice that it vibrated on the bench, making more noise and "creeping" toward the edge of the bench. I solved this by putting a square of thick carpet under it. Now it's nice and quiet and it stays put.

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When I was still using a "dry media" tumbler, I would let it run all night on many occasions. It's no different than day time operation.

Now, I have a good friend, who would start his in the early morning before leaving for work. It would run all day, till he got back home. He never had a problem with that method.
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Old February 4th, 2017, 07:47 AM   #9
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'Bout the only thing that would happen with extended tumbling time with a wobbler (like several days/weeks) would be a break down of the media and some really shiny brass. A rotary tumbler may be a bit faster in the media break down. For any damage to happen to the brass that would make them unusable, I'd think mebbe months...
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Gotta remember that much of the "bright & shiney" is the result of the brass tumbling against each other. Too much media in a short brass load can actually cushion the polishing action and require longer tumbling time. The media does do the cleaning work on the inside of the cases and the primer pockets, though.
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I gotta think that, left on long enough, say 3 or 4 weeks, it would start to erode the brass. I'm just thinking of what a rock tumbler does to a stone in a couple of weeks.
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