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Old 06-25-2020, 11:57 AM
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Good glad there was at least something positive that worked out with your order and you were not double billed. Yes the pack of five belts is a warning for sure about the belt quality. See my previous post for a link to much better belts when you need them.

Great to hear the tumbler worked well on it's maiden voyage. Hopefully you'll need to keep it running regularly from your finds. HH

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Old 06-25-2020, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Diabolik View post
So this ended up working out in the end. Turns out the second package was the spare belt I ordered (not realizing it already came with 5) LOL Came from a second warehouse in a box almost as big as the tumbler itself. Obviously they are 6 weeks behind as these items were shipped on the same day from 2 locations which is crazy. I went back and reviewed the charges and the reason that I got charged again was because their initial request for payment sat so long that it expired, so I got one charge and one tumbler. All is good!

I like the build quality of the tumbler, seems like it should last a while with some basic care. I was running all of my pennies in it last night and it seems to be cleaning them up pretty well. I've been using a mix of crushed walnut shells and gritty kitty littler.

Yes, the barrel cap it a little bit of a PIA.
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Is the polishing media very expensive? Can you reuse it? Just trying to figure if the cost/benefit ratio is worth it.

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Old 06-25-2020, 02:02 PM
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Is the polishing media very expensive? Can you reuse it? Just trying to figure if the cost/benefit ratio is worth it.
On clad most reuse old aquarium gravel or pea gravel and a drop of Dawn soap in their tumblers. It was what was recommended to me years ago and works great cleaning most finds in about an hour.

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Originally Posted by TCosbyJr View post
On clad most reuse old aquarium gravel or pea gravel and a drop of Dawn soap in their tumblers. It was what was recommended to me years ago and works great cleaning most finds in about an hour.
That's good to know. How many coins can you put in one of the tumblers?

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Old 06-26-2020, 01:12 PM
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That's good to know. How many coins can you put in one of the tumblers?
Well they can be used with a single coin. The maximum depends on the coins put inside (denomination) and how much gravel/grit with water is used, but somewhere around 100-150 coins per barrel at a time. In the dual barrel model that means 200-300 coins total of course.

It actually can do more coins but the problem is the barrels for the HF dual tumbler are rated at 3 pounds each. That includes the rocks/grit, water, and coins placed inside. Internally the barrels measure a bit smaller than 4 1/2" round and 4 1/4" tall (inside) and do their best cleaning with air in the barrel too. See the photo I did with a silver quarter for size reference of a barrel. If you do much more than 3 pounds per barrel however it will burn up the belts much faster, and put excess wear on your rollers and motor causing them to fail much quicker - it won't help clean the coins any faster but will take more time as they have less mechanical tumbling to get clean.

You can get fancy with weighing out the barrels, as seen here but is not necessary.

If you fill the barrels about halfway full then you should not have any problems with weight or excess wear. The extra room for air also helps ensure a good mechanical mix as they tumble.

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Any aquarium gravel ("river stone" or colored) works fine and does not seem to cause any problems. I could only find the mixed color variety years ago locally and it did not color/discolor the coins at all. Or if you want to get really cheap see here for other ideas on where to find material.

Again I only use just everyday dish washing soap such as Dawn or the dollar store varieties. Some people like to also use vinegar, baking soda, ketchup on pennies (I guess due to the vinegar that is ketchup), CLR (Calcium, Lime, Rust chemical), Comet/Ajax cleaning abrasive, etc. I simply find using them does nothing but make it more expensive to clean clad and could easily damage the rubber barrels.

I find letting the coins tumble typically 1-2 hours is enough to cash them in at a Coinstar. At 4 hours it puts them into shinny circulation condition that can be used in regular change. Longer than that doesn't seem to make any difference besides adding wear and smoothing out the details on the coins.

Once tumbled, empty the barrel into a strainer and clean off the gunk with a quick rinse in water. Afterwards the best trick to separate the clad from the gravel is to use a mesh basket over a bowl or bucket, see here for an example and pour the strainer into the basket. That will save you the hassle of pulling each coin out of the gravel by hand, and the bowl is emptied back into the clean barrel for next time.

Empty the basket on a towel and they are ready. See my photo of a batch of clad I ran for about 4 hours, and how shinny the pennies are even. Any bent, mangled, rotted/mutilated (zinc pennies 1982+), and such will need to be removed from the rest and cashed in with change at a store. Or in the case of the zinc pennies thrown in a junk pile or see here for ideas.

Occasionally a coin will still look bad (beyond the zinc pennies), typically nickles for me, and they can be tossed in the barrel for another go next time.

To see the basic process in action watch it here but warning loud music at the start
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Wow thanks for the detailed write up TC!

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Originally Posted by NickelPlate View post
Wow thanks for the detailed write up TC!
Your welcome, glad it helped. By the time I looked up some links/video and wrote about the max coins and why, I figured I might as well add a few more lines to finish it. HH

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