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Thread: Frankford Arsenal Rotary Tumbler Drum Doesn't Rotate

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Well it's definitely not too heavy, I've been tumbling 500-700 45ACP cases just fine; as others mentioned probably just need more traction.

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    Had that same problem with mine last weekend. I didnít dry the chamber edges that ride on the wheels. Motor. Ran, no go. Had the dry everything out, then it worked fine.I put a smear of dish soap on the gasket to help it seal. Dish soap is slippery.

    Sam Sackett

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    Okay, I fingered it out with a little help from y'all (and some other folks). Someone suggested cleaning off the rubber wheels on the base, and the raised ribs on the drum that engage them. I did this first with 91% rubbing alcohol - essentially degreased all the surfaces. A lot of that blow molded plastic crap has residue from mold release agent on it, which can cause various problems. This helped a little, but still no joy. Next, I took a piece of 600 grit sandpaper and scuffed the drive wheels up a bit with the motor running. That eliminated my problem, and the thing is currently running a load of .480 Ruger brass, water, pins, lemishine, and Dawn detergent.
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    Don't ya just love a happy ending?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slim1836 View Post
    Don't ya just love a happy ending?

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    Make sure drum exterior is bone dry, and that the top is not leaking. If the drum exterior is wet, the wheels will just spin. Dry off the drum with a towel, let it air dry for a minute or so, and you should be good to go.

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    Make sure drum exterior is bone dry

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    Quote Originally Posted by XDROB View Post
    My FART worked perfectly from day one. So I'll keep it. I do like the handle on the RCBS one though.

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    I bought the smaller FA tumbler, and after figuring out to dry off the drum, had no problems ever since. In fact, bought a second one so I could do two batches at once.

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    Ya!! Problem fixed. Enjoy your super bright brass!!

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