Rotary Brass Tumblers Vs Vibrating Tumblers
The easiest way to clean your brass before reloading is with a tumbler, you simply place your cases in one, cover them with tumbling media and plug it in. Your cases come out looking new, or at the very least looking "less used".
The two main types of tumblers are the rotary and the vibrating, both serve the same purpose but in very different ways.
The Vibrating Brass Tumbler consists of a large bowl that is attached to a base with springs, the springs allow the bowl to vibrate as a small electric motor spins an off balance weight, causing the tumbler to vibrate rapidly.
Vibrating tumblers have the benefit of being very fast, in fact, slightly dirty brass can be cleaned in as little as 1-2 hours. Another benefit of the vibrating tumbler is they can generally hold a much larger number of cases, great for the large volume reloader, especially when reloading handgun cases.
The only real draw back to the Vibrating Tumbler is that they are LOUD, when my vibrating tumbler is going in the basement, it is easily heard on the second floor.
The Rotary Tumbler consists of a large drum that sits upon 2 axles which are turned by an electric motor. They tend to hold less that the vibrating tumblers and take longer to clean the brass. My rotary brass tumbler takes at least 12 hours to clean brass that can be cleaned in 2 hours with the vibrating tumbler. Why use it? Because it is quiet, it is barely noticeable even in the same room.
In my opinion if you only reload small quantities of ammo and don't mind the extra time, or if you live in an apartment, go with a rotary tumbler. If, however, you reload large quantities of handgun and rifle rounds, and do not mind the noise, the vibrating tumbler is for you.
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