Stainless Steel Media (STM) works great!

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Stainless Steel Media (STM) works great!

Postby D-FIN » Sun 29 Dec 2013 1:33 am

Got me a Harbor Freight double barreled rock tumbler for Christmas and my STM package just came yesterday. Cleaned about 600 rounds of 9mm.

I'm pretty happy with the results
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Re: Stainless Steel Media (STM) works great!

Postby Tenuki » Mon 30 Dec 2013 10:52 am

How long does it take to get them clean like that? Are there any suggestions to clean the media from time to time?
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Re: Stainless Steel Media (STM) works great!

Postby D-FIN » Mon 30 Dec 2013 11:43 am

I ran them about 4 hours with one drop of dish soap and a pinch of lemi-shine. My first batch I used to much lemi-shine and they were clean but kind of dull (not shiney). The media doesn't really hold much dirt it kind of cleans itself. i think I read maybe every 10 to 15 batches you could run the media by itself to clean it.
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Postby Tenuki » Mon 30 Dec 2013 11:52 am

Ahhh, after a little reading I see that this is a wet process rather than a dry, so the dirt and such is washed away each time. I'll be interested to see how your tumbler holds up. I've had mixed results with harbor freight products. Some work great and others burn up after only a couple of hours of use!
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Re: Stainless Steel Media (STM) works great!

Postby D-FIN » Mon 30 Dec 2013 1:50 pm

they are pretty good about replacing thing the burn up quick though.
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Postby Rhino » Fri 07 Feb 2014 4:03 pm

I started Stainless Steel tumbling last year. I use a Thumler's Tumbler and have been very happy with my results. In fact my two dry media tumblers have been collecting dust ever since. I run a batch for 1 1/2 to 2 hours and get excellent results!
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Re: Stainless Steel Media (STM) works great!

Postby XSlevinn » Sat 08 Feb 2014 7:24 pm

Thanks for posting this. I was wondering if the harbor freight rock tumblers would work for wet tumbling with SSM. I think I'll be picking up one of those tumblers soon. Any tips or info you might provide for someone looking to do this?
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Re: Stainless Steel Media (STM) works great!

Postby D-FIN » Sun 09 Feb 2014 12:32 am

It's pretty simple ther is even a youtube vid using the same setup I'm using. I had to replace the belt on my tumbler and that was a pain but works great again now. Also best to oil it good right out of the box. I just used a little CLP. You can buy a STM refill kit with 2lbs of media . Divide it in half and put have in each drum(if you get the dual drun unit). One drop of dawn and a pinch of lemishine. Does about 100-120 9mm ok. 150 seems to be a little to much. Run 4-6 hours. I ran overnight once by mistake after I moved it to the garage. They were very clean.

I use the cheap dollar store plastic salad bowl and cheap plastic colander to separate the media. Some magnets can be helpful when rinsing and pouring out water to keep media in the bowl. Some small needle nose pliers to get the occasional media pair stuck In the primer hole.
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Postby XSlevinn » Sun 09 Feb 2014 10:44 am

Thanks for the info. Would you recommend the dual drum or the big single drum? What's the capacity on them like?
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Re: Stainless Steel Media (STM) works great!

Postby D-FIN » Sun 09 Feb 2014 10:49 am

If your talking about harbor freight rock tumblers I don't think their is a big single drum. They have a single and a double. The drums are all the same size so double is double capacity.
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Postby XSlevinn » Sun 09 Feb 2014 11:45 am

Gotcha. The picture just made the single one look a lot bigger.
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