Submitted by Doug on 2/25/1999. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
I kwow I have seen plans for sale on how to build a tumbler but I can't seem to remember where, can someone please help me with a good source. Trying to operate on a low budget.
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This response submitted by leanna on 2/25/1999. ( email@example.com )
what about an old dryer, and taking the heating system out??? I havnt done it but am wondering if anyone has and what results have been. It seems easy and cheap. thanks!
This response submitted by doug on 2/25/1999. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
I have thought about that to, blocking the air inlet and outlet and taking out the heating element. Would it spin to fast and damage the hides? Has anyone tried this?
This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 2/25/1999. ( email@example.com )
RITTELS carrys plans for both the 4 X 4 and 4 X 6 Drums in our pricelist. E-Mail me your address and I'll send it to you!
This response submitted by Travis on 2/25/1999. ( )
On the newer dryers there is a air cycle which doesn`t shoot out any hot air. I spun my yote thru there last week and it came out great. Wifey didn`t like the idea much but it works. I put him in two plastic bags and left him in there for an hour with a small rubber ball to knock it around a bit...worked for now anyhow.
This response submitted by Dave B. on 2/25/1999. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
The problem with an electric dryer is they run on 220 if you can
get a gas dryer they run on 110. Just duct tape the holes shut
in the back of the drum and go,and you dont have to mess with unhooking a heating element. I used one for 2 years before I
spent some money and built one.
Good luck, Dave
This response submitted by Turtle on 2/27/1999. ( email@example.com )
We need an electrician's assistance here. On an electric dryer, does the 220 actually run the heating element, and the motor is still 110, right? Or am I all messed up in the head? If I'm wrong, couldn't you possibly re-wire to just the motor with a 110 power cord and eliminate the heat source that way? ( This is a Reverse Tim the Tool Man Taylor theory) ha ha.
This response submitted by Backbone on 2/28/1999. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Just to verify what Turtle has said, the first tumbler I used was a 220v dryer that I just bypassed the heater elements and used 110v to power the motor and timer. Most dryers have schematic on the back of them to verify that this can be done. I have built a new tumbler similiar to one that is purchased. I used a barrel for this one since I do a lot of bird skins. I do plan on building a large six foot diameter tumbler this summer.
This response submitted by Turtle on 3/1/1999. ( )
Thanks Al,, I mean Backbone. Thought that theory might work because I've used dryer motors for other applications in my workshop using an old power cord off something else and wiring it directly to the motor. Just needed an "expert" opinion.
This response submitted by dan on 3/2/1999. ( )
LEANNA I HAVE USED A OLD DRYER [elc] FOR FIVE YEARS AND IT WORKS FINE. SONNER OR LATER THE LARGE RUBBER BAND THAT TURNS THE DRUM WILL BREAK AND YOU WILL HAVE TO REPLACE IT. BEARSKINS DEERCAPES AN BIRDS HAVE ALL BEEN DRUMED THIS WAY. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THE SMALL DRUM SKINS COME OUT FULL OF SAWDUST AND DONT GET THE DROP THEY NEED FOR SOFTNESS. IT DOSE WORK IF YOU DONT MIND THE EXTRA WORK. GOOD LUCK
try adding a little fine corncob to the sawdust it helps it to not stick so bad to the smaller pelts
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