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Home built tumbler

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

  1. Sasky_bowhunter

    Sasky_bowhunter New Member

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

    Sasky_bowhunter New Member

    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

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

    Leapin Member

    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.
    cedarhill and stuffit44 like this.
  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.