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    A Heath Robinson Tumbler for under $30

    My latest shed project.

    I've been wanting a wet tumbler for some time now to get my brass super shiny and clean,
    but being a bloody confirmed tight arse I just could not bring myself to part with any serious cash to purchase one.

    Having acquired some barely mediocre engineering skills during my lifetime and finding myself with a bit of spare time in the shed I designed, built and commissioned this modern marvel of engineering ..........

    The Heath Robinson Wet Tumbler

    ...... total project costs, slightly over budget at < $30

    The components consist of
    Plastic spaghetti container out of Mums pantry (free)
    Off cut of pvc drainage pipe (free)
    4x2 block of wood from the wood shed (free)
    Castor wheels x2 $8
    12v windscreen wiper motor $20

    Results priceless

    Dirty dull 9mm range brass magically turned into as new shining gleaming cases before my eyes with the help of the Heath Robinson Tumbler

    https://youtu.be/DAkmfc2MkYU

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    Now how difficult was that!

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    would you like to put up some photos of the device?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rupert View Post
    would you like to put up some photos of the device?
    @rupert

    Click on the video link

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    awesome love home made stuff

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    Awesome, wanna do some brass for your neighbor?

    PS- any tasty morsels lurching past yours on the way to the races?

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    Quote Originally Posted by septic View Post
    Awesome, wanna do some brass for your neighbor?

    PS- any tasty morsels lurching past yours on the way to the races?
    Hahaha

    Always plenty of tasty morsels cruising past here on the way in

    However they're not usually so tasty heading back out again.

    @septic Happy to clean some brass for you if you like, bring it down.

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    I was a litre short and Roosters was calling my name, so down the road topping up my fluid levels. Will need your services after the big shoot. Maybe you could give me a lesson on my stupid lee neck sizing die if you have time?

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    What are you using as cleaning media?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clickbang View Post
    What are you using as cleaning media?
    @clickbang

    I'm using stainless steel pins, hot water, a squirt of what ever dishwashing liquid is in the cupboard and a teaspoon of citric acid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by septic View Post
    I was a litre short and Roosters was calling my name, so down the road topping up my fluid levels. Will need your services after the big shoot. Maybe you could give me a lesson on my stupid lee neck sizing die if you have time?
    @septic

    Yep I'm sure we can sort out your Lee die no worries.

    And yes I 'm expecting to give the tumbler a run or two after the shoot as well.

    Shit haven't been to Roosters since I moved out of Flaxmere 18 years ago.

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    Very cool man, I want one but considering they are asking about $600 for a reloading branded number I might have to have a crack at building one myself
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick-D View Post
    Very cool man, I want one but considering they are asking about $600 for a reloading branded number I might have to have a crack at building one myself
    Give it a crack @Nick-D

    Get your self a windscreen wiper motor from the wreckers and your away.

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    Fantastic! Love it.

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    How do you power the windscreen wiper? 12v battery or an inverter thingy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stug View Post
    How do you power the windscreen wiper? 12v battery or an inverter thingy?
    12v car battery

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