I only wish I'd bought them sooner. Have struggled with plastic drums and decided to treat myself. I'm finding the opening and closing of the drums so simple and quick to do. The noise level is less than half of my previous ones and, although they whirl away in the garage it is not obtrusive at all. I am so pleased with my first results and I can't fault them.
Rubber barrels are longer lasting and a lot quieter than a plastic drum. They are also a bit easier to open and close using a little screw on top of the lid - it doesn't require heating up or "burping" like plastic drum does. If you have longer nails (which is impressive if you make jewellery!), or sensitive ears, this is the barrel to choose!
It can be a little harder to clean though, and we recommend you don't store your shot in the drum for longer periods as sometimes this can cause it to go a little "gunky". Instead, after each use, empty the shot into a large sieve and rinse well.
Then you can either;
- dry the shot carefully - any moisture left can cause rust (yes, even on stainless steel) and store the shot dry
- leave it totally immersed in water with a little sprinkle of barreling compound, in something like a large glass jar.
- Diameter 11.5cm
- Height 9cm (including the little screw)
I'm currently doing my level 2 C&G in Silversmithing, and what with school and homework, I thought it would be useful to get a barrel polished. I've done lots of research and reviews and ended up plumbing for this barrel, instructions would have been helpful. It works really well and I'm glad I purchased this additional rubber drum. Smooth running and efficient.
I upgraded and bought this to go with my mini tumbler kit, on the basis that a) it would be quieter and b) I could then use the plastic one for non-shot media for when I want a satin finish. Took me a couple of goes to get the rubber one cleaned properly; but O..M..G; the shine that results on both my silver clay and sterling items after a bit of tumbling. I never want to go back to hand polishing!! My top tip is that I am using an old jelly straining bag to keep the shot from spilling when emptying it all and an old washing powder tub to keep the shot in when not in use. The use of the rubber barrel keeps the noise to less than my breadmaker, so I can't hear it running in any of the other rooms in the house.
I am very pleased with this product. I currently have one rubber and one plastic barrel. I bought this as a replacement for the plastic barrel which I find aggravating to use. In contrast the rubber barrel is quiet and seals easily with the rubber O ring. I cant think of any way to improve the rubber barrel. Well worth the money.
I've just bought a second rubber barrel for my tumbler. The first is still like new, even after two years of being used every day, but I wanted another so I could tumble more pieces at the same time. I find the rubber barrel so much easier to open/close due to the screw fitting and it's much, much quieter. Don't worry about keeping it clean/dry either - I wipe round with a micro-fibre cloth and it leaves the barrel bone-dry. I have left the shot in (with water covering it) the barrel for a few days on the odd occasion and not had any problems, just remember to rinse the shot and add fresh water/compound before using. I've not had any problems with this barrel leaking, or with it's overall performance. It's so worth the money - a very worthwhile purchase.