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Old 02-07-2018, 01:40 AM
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Cleaning modern US coins and keeping Cents separate from alloyed Nickels, clad Dimes, Quarters and Half dollars is recommended to prevent copper from discoloring the nickels and clad coins.

I just acquired a HF 2-drum tumbler this past Dec., 2017 and haven't used it yet, but wondering if I could run nickels and clad coins in the same drum previously used for Cents if I clean the drum well inside. If so, what kind of cleaning solution(s) would be good to remove traces of copper sticking to or impregnated in the rubber?

Or would it be better to mark the drums for dedicated use?

I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but opinion alone without actual experience to back it up isn't something I can usually depend on.

Thanks much!

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I have used mine since 2010, never worried about or cleaned either drum no matter what was run in it previously.
Just rinsed, fill them up again and go.
Yes nickels and silver looking clad can be run together with no issues...no need for a forever dedicated drum for any one coin type.
It's rubber...I don't think any copper or anything else gets impregnated into it ever.
The only thing I am ever concerned about is mixing one cent coins in with other clad cause I ain't into pink coins.

Don't over think this, it is all way simpler than you can imagine.

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Old 02-07-2018, 03:55 PM
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I have used mine since 2010, never worried about or cleaned either drum no matter what was run in it previously.
Just rinsed, fill them up again and go.
Yes nickels and silver looking clad can be run together with no issues...no need for a forever dedicated drum for any one coin type.
It's rubber...I don't think any copper or anything else gets impregnated into it ever.
The only thing I am ever concerned about is mixing one cent coins in with other clad cause I ain't into pink coins.

Don't over think this, it is all way simpler than you can imagine.
Thanks a lot Digger27 ! You eased my mind.

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Here’s what I do, and in a sense it’s dedicating a drum for copper versus clad, when I have a drum with nickels, dimes and quarters I put a small amount of vinegar in also. So when I go to do another batch of coins I know which drum is for copper because the drum doesn’t have a vinegar smell to it.

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Here’s what I do, and in a sense it’s dedicating a drum for copper versus clad, when I have a drum with nickels, dimes and quarters I put a small amount of vinegar in also. So when I go to do another batch of coins I know which drum is for copper because the drum doesn’t have a vinegar smell to it.
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Digger27 was right. just a quick rinse and the drum won't discolor anything. Just run the pennies separately. I have tumbled one or two pennies with a load of the other clad, with very little discoloring effect. I also once tumbled one of those president dollar coins in with a load of the other clad, and pretty much copper-colored the whole batch.
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Never had problems just using aquarium gravel and a few drops of dish soap or aquarium gravel and some Oxy Clean.

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I often add a splash of CLR if I have really ugly coins and it works wonders as well.
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My tumbler is only a single drum and I never even rinse mine out very well,
I use aquarium gravel with dawn dish soap and about 5 oz. of ammonia,
Clad comes out like new in about 6 or 7 hours.
Same with the pennies.

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