Whether you are working on delicate parts or need to produce a large volume of parts, you can benefit from a vibratory tumbler. They can help you finish your workpiece quickly and efficiently. They can also clean surfaces, brighten them, and produce a high-quality finished product.
This tumbling action can cut through rough rocks and bring a smooth finish to a piece. They can be used to polish plastic, metal, and ceramic. They also can deburr and burnish surfaces.
They can be purchased in different sizes. For instance, you can buy a small vibratory tumbler for polishing ceramic and metal, a medium size tumbler for finishing ceramic and metal, and a large tumbler for processing large, heavy stones.
The bowl of the vibratory tumbler shakes at more than three thousand vibrations per minute, which means it's more effective than the tumbling action of a rotary tumbler. However, the vibrations can be noisy. You should keep an eye on the rocks in the tumbler to avoid over-tumbling.
In a rotary tumbler, a coarse grit is added first. This grit can be silicon carbide. It should be a 120-220 grit. After the coarse grit is added, a slurry is created. This slurry should be cleaned up before the next step. The slurry should be thick enough to produce a matte finish. The time to finish a rock depends on the type of stone and how many steps are necessary.