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Home built tumbler

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Sasky_bowhunter, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Sasky_bowhunter

    Sasky_bowhunter New Member

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    Anyone ever use a white poly plastic tank to build a home built tumbler?
     
  2. Sasky_bowhunter

    Sasky_bowhunter New Member

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    Like a water storage tank I mean. One I am looking at is about 68" diameter, and about 38" wide/deep.
     

  3. I built one from a 45 gallon plastic drum. Found it didn't work all that well as the cape just went round and round . It didn't drop and fall to the bottom.
    So I re-purposed the barrel for its next project.
     
  4. jemmick

    jemmick Active Member

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    I have one I've used for decades. You just need to slow down your revolutions!
     
  5. Leapin

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    Did you have at least three baffels in your plastic drum. They would aid in the hides falling which helps break up the fibers in the leather. Just a thought.
     
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  6. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    It sounds like the drum was spinning too fast maybe? I built my own years ago and installed the three baffles and used pulleys to reduce to about 10 RPM. The only problem I ever had was a little sawdust leaking out of the door seal. I kept a pan under it to catch this a put it back into the drum.