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6' x 4' Tumbler finally done

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by passthru, May 6, 2012.

  1. just finished my 6' DIA x 4' wide tumbler. always more the what you think. Want to thank those who Added some input that help me achieve this.

    1 HP motor
    15:1 gearbox speed reducer
    lovejoy coupling
    20" cast iron double groove drive pulley
    two 5/8" v-belts 75" long

    RPM just over 17.5

    went with the 15:1 gear box because I wanted a big drive pulley which allowed me to achieve a longer arm which helps the tumbler turn easier especially with cob grit and a hide.

    still cannot find any corn cob grit locally... may need to order on line...

    here are some pictures




    Frank E. Kotula and drob like this.
  2. Rhino

    Rhino Too many irons in the fire will put the fire out!

    Wood flour will handle most skins just fine. 8)

    Dont tumble Mule deer, pronghorn, or thick skinned, short haired bears more than 30min.

    Beware long haired, thin skined, wooly bears! Tumbling too long will leave you with a bear full of matted fur!

    Dont tumble fur bearers full of holes very long. EVERY single hole will be surrounded by matted hair.

    Tumblers are a great tool to have,but they can also be your worst nightmare!

  3. I've never had a problem with matting. I comb a little diluted downy fabric softener in the hair before tumbling. I tumble a lot of thick long haired bears and wolves here in AK and I will let them run for a lot longer than 30 min. I use corn grit and never have tried sawdust so I don't know if that has anything to do with the matting. I had a friend send me around 60 coyotes and bobcats that he had tanned himself and used course sawdust to tumble in an old dryer. They were matted and twisted up. I misted them all with downy gave them a quick brush and tumbled them for a couple hours. 75% of them came out clean and tangle free.
  4. hi i love the tumbler you made can you tell me what to buy and where to get it for a motor and gear box and pulley i made the drum now iam stuck thanks jerry beaverpond [email protected]
  5. Good info from Oldshaver.
  6. Am very interested in making one also are you interested in selling or shareing you plans. I would like to know how you built your drum. Email: [email protected]
  7. Wildwoodtannery

    Wildwoodtannery New Member

    Can I possibly get a copy of your plans. I'm in the process of having someone build me one and yours looks great

    [email protected]
  8. Rich bell

    Rich bell New Member

    Do u have or know where I can get plans to build a tumber like your thx rich
  9. Sam Cripps

    Sam Cripps New Member

    Wow!! This is awesome!!! I've been in the process of designing one myself. Would love to see some pics of the interior of it to see how you have it built. My email is [email protected] if you wouldn't mind firing me an email. Again, wow!!
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019
  10. I don’t have anymore pictures, since got rid of the tumbler.
  11. allison gelfand

    allison gelfand New Member

    how big of a hide could you do? i need to do yaks that are 6 to 8 ft wide/long sometimes could come to 10x10 if it's a bull
  12. beverlyrdaef

    beverlyrdaef New Member

    what size motor do I need for a 55gallon tumbler? How do I reduce the speed to the proper rpm?
  13. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Get an old cloths dryer motor , be perfect for that size and it’s already geared low
  14. beverlyrdaef

    beverlyrdaef New Member

    1hp motor
  15. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I believe 1hp would be more then enough, not sure what hp a dryer motor is but I’m sure it will turn a 55 gal drum
  16. beverlyrdaef

    beverlyrdaef New Member

    it defiantly turns it but way to fast. How can I slow it down?
  17. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    The cheating way is to put a dimmer switch on it , or regear it , small gear on motor big gear on tumbler , an electrician shop could probably slow it down. But if you got a motor with high rpm like a fan motor then it probably won’t work you need one with more torc not speed . If that’s the case then go with a dimmer switch to lesson the current
  18. beverlyrdaef

    beverlyrdaef New Member

    Thank you. I think i'm going to try to get a dryer motor
  19. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

    Out of curiosity I looked up dryer motors speed it was 1725 RPM same as most standard motors.

    Not sure how they reduce the speed
  20. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Me either but we no they don’t run that fast , I know it’s in the wirering , I had a buddy explain it to me and I still didn’t understand, then he said it’s like a dimmer switch , you lower the current and in turn , slows the motor . It works and is cheaper then rewinding the motor