Is there any draw back if I build my tumbler (for bears) in an octogon shape?
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Ours is octagon shaped and it works fantastic.
Our tumbler is a hexagon (6 sides)
suggest the the coreect amount of sides is 11 - the ancient egyptians when they tumbled there mummies found that that number insured a very limber subject - diameter should be EXACTLY 124 3/8" - it has to be exact or you will not get the correct breaking tendencies - width should be 14'
Terry, stick to screwing up mounts, your BS skills are lacking.
Modern tumbler/cage combos are built circular with inside baffles for a reason, that reason being that this design has been found to be the most universally successful for the application.
You can probably build it octagonally, with or without inside baffles, and save a lot of money by using standard 2'x4' or 2'x6' ply & boards and not having to build a complex, roughly circular, frame.
At worst you'll build it and find it doesn't work 100% to your liking, just sell it and build one circular if that happens. You'll only be out time and materials, mostly time.
I still think you should just send the bears out.
Best of luck.