Tumbler Build - For cleaning plasma cut parts.

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10 Apr 2020 09:18 #163463 by thefabricator03
Hi Guys,

I need to keep living up to my screen name and finish fabricating a few more project.

Next project is a tumbler to clean up our plasma cut parts.

This build will be a bit ad-hoc. I am not sure on how the machine will handle different loads. I have done the calcs but I want to do a bunch of testing before I fully finish it off.

I will assembly the drum and frame. Wire it up temporarily and test it with various loads. Depending on how the test go I will then build a enclosure for it,

It will be interesting to see just how loud the thing will be. I am looking at cheap sound proofing options. Tossing up how hebel panels for the enclosure walls would go.

Ill keep updating the pictures over the next couple of weeks.

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10 Apr 2020 09:21 - 15 Apr 2020 11:45 #163464 by thefabricator03
2 HP motor


Gearbox, cant remember the exact specs - I brought it two year ago, Ill look them up.


VFD


Bearing housing

Chain


Latches and high tensile bolts
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10 Apr 2020 12:45 #163472 by Leon82
Nice

Adding a drain may make it easier to regulate the water content

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10 Apr 2020 12:56 #163474 by thefabricator03
I might if needed. Kind of playing it by ear at this stage. Not a lot of information on the internet that I could find about tumblers for steel parts.

Plan on doing a bunch of testing and adding my experiences to this thread to help others out.

Anyone with something they think I should try should let me know.

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10 Apr 2020 12:58 #163475 by rodw

Nice

x 2

Adding a drain may make it easier to regulate the water content


Possibly add a swivel hose inlet to the shaft and let the water flow in...

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10 Apr 2020 13:03 #163476 by thefabricator03
Lol no water will be added on purpose :)

I have had some guys tell me to add the steel punching we collect from our punch and shear machine. They work like ball bearings to help remove mill scale and dross.

I am sure it will be noisy as hell tho.

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10 Apr 2020 13:19 #163478 by rodw
Well I think I need one. after cutting 2 sheets up like this. So many small parts I had to drain the water tray.
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10 Apr 2020 13:25 - 10 Apr 2020 13:26 #163479 by thefabricator03
I built a tank for my machine so I can drain the water tray in about 10 mins and fill it back up again in about 6.

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10 Apr 2020 15:22 #163497 by tommylight
Nice, thank you.
Will have to build 2 of the vertical variety soon for tumbling wheel rims.
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10 Apr 2020 16:38 #163508 by Leon82
In my experience with the tumblers they recirculate the water and tumbling fluid.

It can get sludgy and make the parts stick together so there is a happy medium.

They have tumbling fluid, and a rust prevent additives as well.

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