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    I was curious about the length, as a 6" pipe doesn't have a whole bunch of room in it.
    16" long, filled almost halfway up, I'd think 200 308s is likely a pretty full load.

    I have to come up with better agitators for mine, too. They're too high and the brass falls almost the full diameter of the jug. Great for agitation, and everything's a great foamy mess, but it seems to ding the brass up quite a bit.

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    Yah I had fin agitators but they caused the brass to fall. Whats your tumblers RPM? I believe you want it about 30RPM or so if its to fast your brass will drop onto itself and ding quite badly if its to slow it'll just slosh around and do nothing until it gets an agitator and yea it fills it quite full pretty much 3/4 of the way full. With 2x 1/2" PVC pipes screwed into the side of the pipe it works well. The ends are filled will silicone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova316 View Post
    I built one of these a while ago, getting it under $100 would be hard unless you used the copper pins. SS pins were $40 already
    Got steel rod for $10 (Cut in half)
    Ebay bearings, drive belt $30
    Home Depot 6" PVC Pipe, Cap, Reducer, Plastic Cap $30
    Motor 1/3 HP 120V $25 Kijiji
    Total assembly cost ended up being $95 + $40 pins = $135

    But it does wash a fair amount of brass I think about 200 pieces of 308


    the motor seems to be the maker or breaker on the price. I just realized that Rory was using copper wires for the pins. brilliant idea.

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    I wish I could take credit for it, but yeah, it makes a lot of sense, metallurgically.
    Magnetic would maybe be nice, but it hasn't proven to be any real hardship to just tap the case, mouth down.

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    How many of the pins are needed. I have here a bunch of packages of small punch outs for round holes. They are actually used for weight in round balls with a cord attached and am wondering if they would work. They are stainless steel.

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    For my setup I have 5# of SS pins
    Or atleast I started with 5#

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    I started with 3 lbs of copper pins.
    I know some guys are using steel BBs, I think your punch-outs should work.
    I'm assuming they are a disc?
    One thing to keep in mind though, is their size. Same goes for pins.
    You don't want them to be the size of a primer pocket, or they'll get jammed in there.
    You don't want them the size of a case mouth, or they'll get jammed.

    I'd say, give 'em a try. What's the worst that'll happen, they shine your brass up like a mirror?
    $50 for pins on top of $100 of materials to build it is starting to get expensive for an experiment.
    Once you get the drum and tumbler all figured out, $50 or so for pins isn't unreasonable, if you find the discs aren't cutting it.

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    The motor is the biggest price but look around/ask around. Most people have a working motor in their homes just collecting dust like garage door openers, saws, I believe you can even use an electric weed wacker.
    Just make sure you figure out the ratio to control your RPM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova316 View Post
    The motor is the biggest price but look around/ask around. Most people have a working motor in their homes just collecting dust like garage door openers, saws, I believe you can even use an electric weed wacker.
    Just make sure you figure out the ratio to control your RPM

    why not just spec one of alibaba that we can all order
    http://www.gunownersofcanada.ca/show...-Tumbler-Build

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    Princess auto used to have lots of neat motors that would work. Around here you just haunt garage sales enough and you can find most anything. That and people like to just leave things out at the front of the driveway for others to pick up. Last find was a whole lift of plywood the guy didn't want.

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